The ‘Blah’ Feeling: A Dip In Motivation

The Self-Determination Theory states that a person has three main psychological needs to feel motivated: Autonomy, competence and healthy relationships.

The pandemic has hit all these three needs, resulting in a huge dip in motivation, especially the intrinsic kind, which comes from doing meaningful and kind activities.

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How to escape your motivational trough when you’re flagging

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False and overly optimistic attitude about things turning normal quickly can set us up for disappointment, when things don’t go our way. There has to be a mindset shift where we focus on things we can control.

Small wins, where we do tiny things that help us lead a better life or jazzes up our routine can amplify our motivation levels.

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We can go for a planned approach to achieve a goal, however small.

  • Wish: First, wish for what we want to achieve.
  • Outcome: Imagine what the outcome will be.
  • Obstacle: Identify what the obstacles will be.
  • Plan: Take into account the information gathered and come up with a plan.

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Focusing on others more instead of just ourselves (the default, selfish behaviour) creates a sense of community and increases social support, helping a person cope and heal.

Doing good to others, acting in a social cause and supporting our family, friends and neighbours has a reciprocative effect that miraculously draws people together.

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