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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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.
We can go for a planned approach to achieve a goal, however small.
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.
Use the WOOP strategy for achieving goals:
Many people are too terrified to go to the gym because they're afraid of being judged by other people, but the reality most of the time is that nobody really cares.
If you're able to push yourself to get past through the discomfort for a couple of sessions then soon after you'll be changing your perspective of the gym.
Develop a Routine. Create a series of events that you always perform before doing a specific task.
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