Lets be frank – it’s not possible to always keep motivated – and as that famous poster with the steam engine collapsing off the bridge says – “Sh*t happens!”.
Buddha perhaps said it more eloquently when he said – “Life is a Problem” and we all know – “you have to taste the sour to appreciate the sweet”.
So the fact is – we all get demotivated from time to time, maybe even to the point where if it persists we’re mildly depressed and sometimes this is with really good reason.
Just acknowledging this fact can, in itself be useful. You’re not a “loser” for feeling below par from time to time – life isn’t always “a box of chocolates” as Forest Gump said.
I believe that each person has to develop- their own “fix” when things don’t go our way.
Here’s my Top 5 list of “fixes” (in no particular order) that I have for keeping me motivated when I’m below par – what’s yours?
1. Rewards to Feed the Soul
Having something that “feeds the soul” after the work is done is essential
In my case – I admit it – I’m a “golf junky”! I even play indoors in the winter. If I play well – there is nothing better! If I play badly – I’ve had a four and a half hour work-out and the pleasure of taking-in some great scenery. I’m lucky my club enjoys some of the best scenery imaginable as it courses its way along the Rouge River.
My wife loves to garden – she has the most amazing green fingers and it shows in our beautiful garden.
If you’re married it helps to have complimentary pastimes. I like to golf – my wife likes to garden – so absolutely no resentment about each of us following our own pleasures.
2. A good Workout
Nothing beats a good workout!
I still own one of those “Nordic Track” self-powered “workout bikes”. 30 or 45 minutes on that old machine at least once per week with some really loud music