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Losing Motivation? 7 Bullet-Proof Ways To Regain Your Passion And Stay Motivated In Your Business

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Losing motivation in your business once every while is completely normal. Every entrepreneur has these moments where they feel unmotivated and uninspired, even though they know deep down that the objectives that they have set for themselves and the impact their business has, is really important to them.

Our motivational levels aren’t static, they are quite dynamic and go up and down all the time.

However, losing motivation can be an important sign and gut feeling that maybe you have to take a different route and for example pivot your business to something a little different.

It gives you the opportunity to press pause for a sec and makes you question if the direction you’re going in is still the right one for you.

That being said, for sure it doesn’t always mean that the thing you’re doing isn’t the right one for you anymore.

Maybe you just have a bad day or two and that’s totally OK.

However, you do have the power to influence your own motivational levels.

So, wanna know how to give yourself a big ‘old motivational boost? Then keep on reading, my friend 🙂

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1. Find and remind yourself of your why

If you don’t have an important reason why you’re doing what you’re doing, then it will be very difficult to keep up your motivation.

So dig deep into yourself and ask why what you’re doing is THAT important to you.

What is your purpose behind all of this? Which are the most important values that you’re trying to embody with this business? In which way is this business supporting the life you want to create for yourself?

There is no good or bad purpose or right or wrong values, they just have to resonate with you on a very deep level and let you remember why you’re putting in all of this hard work and why all of this matters to you.

And once you have found your why, then remind yourself of it ALL the time.

Make a vision board that really represent your most important values, your purpose, and the kind of lifestyle you’re trying to create, and then set it as your laptop and phone wallpaper.

Personally, I even printed it out and pasted it on the toilet door so I don’t have a choice but to see it every single day.

So if you don’t have it yet, I strongly recommend you to get clear on your deeper purpose and values behind your business.

This is so important, you guys, to be able to motivate yourself on these days that you’re just feeling unmotivated.

2. Set milestones and celebrate small wins

Most entrepreneurs have big goals, but forget to set milestones.

Milestones are very important because they break down a huge goal in manageable and actionable chunks that don’t seem incredibly overwhelming and so far away.

If you think about it, it’s like climbing a huge mountain. When you’re at the bottom of the mountain and you’re thinking about the moment you will be on the top, that is still very far away.

That’s why there are often these different base camps that the climbers can reach to celebrate their small wins and recover a little before they get ready to reach the next milestone.

So for your goals in your business, it’s the exact same thing.

Set a long term goal and then break it down into short term milestones that are challenging, but achievable.

Also, set a target date to achieve these different milestones.

Because the milestones are only a few weeks away, or maybe even a few days, losing motivation is not that likely. Plus it gives you plenty of opportunities to celebrate and pop that bottle of champagne. 🙂

3. Make sure you have enough energy

I don’t know about you, but if I haven’t slept enough, or I ate unhealthy, I’m just exhausted and can’t think straight, let alone feeling inspired to get work done.

I find that if I’m losing motivation, most of the time my lack of sleep and the quality of the food I ate have something to do with it.

So when you’re in a rut, just make sure you go to bed early, eat wholesome meals, drink enough water, and take your vitamins, so you get enough energy to feel inspired and motivated again.

4. Getting rid of mind clutter

Sometimes you just can’t see clearly the things that are important in your life and business anymore, because there just is too much noise and mental clutter in the way.

Worries, fears, things that upset you,… all these things can take up a big part of your brain capacity and can trigger feelings and emotions that can cloud your motivational spirit.

So when you’re losing motivation, find a place of stillness to really come back to yourself and reflect on what it is that is triggering these emotions:

  • Go for a long run
  • Take a long walk in nature
  • Meditate
  • Do your favorite yoga sequence
  • Journal and brain dump
  • Take a long shower
  • Call your best friend

Don’t judge whatever you’re feeling or thinking, but just accept it and try to dig deep into why this might affect you as much as it does. How can you prevent this from affecting you again in the future? Then give it a place inside you, and move on.

So when you’re able to empty your backpack with all these fears, worries, and thoughts that don’t serve you, you will be able to see clearly again and see why what you’re doing is that important to you.


5. You’re losing motivation because you’re hitting against an obstacle

Your journey isn’t linear.

There will be many ups and downs, shortcuts, and obstacles along the way.

It’s OK to feel overwhelmed and frustrated if something isn’t working from the first time.

But if you’re honest with yourself… if everything would go perfectly from the get-go, it wouldn’t be as satisfying, exciting, and adventurous as it is now, right? 😉

So just take a moment, accept that there will be obstacles every now and then, take a deep breath in and out, and then try again.

6. You’re losing motivation because you’re bored

Another reason why you might be losing motivation is simply that you’re feeling bored. You might have been doing the same thing over and over again and lack some change and variety that spark creativity.

There are many things that you can do to find inspiration and motivation again:

  • Don’t be afraid to change things up. Move your desk somewhere else, rearrange your office area, work in another coffee bar or coworking space, change the order of the way you normally do things, write instead of type, listen to a different type of music, etc.
  • Make your office area clutter-free and sparkling clean
  • Make it super cozy. Light some candles, take a soft blanket, put on some music, and drink your favorite coffee
  • Do something creative or innovative. Let your creative juices flow and do something totally different. Brainstorm about a new project, think about a different way to do social media, write about a different subject,… etc.
  • Learn something new. Read a book, follow a course, watch a documentary,…
  • Search a Facebook group where people with similar goals are hanging out and become an active member of this community.

7. Resetting

Another thing you can do when you’re losing motivation is resetting.

Who loves that clean slaty feeling as much as I do?

Inspired by Muchelle B, I started doing a weekly Sunday reset to prep my brain, systems, and space so that everything feels fresh for a brand new week.

My weekly reset consists of the following things:

  • Washing my sheets
  • Washing all laundry
  • Meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal prepping
  • Decluttering house and cleaning office area
  • Inbox zero
  • Clearing out the notes on my phone
  • Clearing out my Notion inbox
  • Cleaning out my handbag and wallet
  • Crossing the last things on my to-do list that I didn’t get to do during the week
  • Reflecting on weekly wins and tracking weekly analytics
  • Brain dumping and planning out the whole next week

You guys, believe me, after doing a weekly reset like this, you will love Mondays!

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But most importantly, as a creative, it’s totally normal that you don’t feel as motivated and inspired every single day. You can’t force creativity. So when you’re losing motivation, give yourself a break, take your mind off work, do something fun, and try again the next day.

Let’s Chat!

What did you do to gain back your motivation in your business? Let me know in the comments down below 🙂

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  1. Thanks for the helpful tips! I’ve been feeling kinda overwhelmed with my blog/business lately. I find the rethinking things that aren’t useful have really helped. Also I loved what you had to say about resetting. It helps to clear my mind for sure!

  2. Cati says:

    Great tips 🙂 it’s so easy to get demotivated! I’m definitely going to celebrate the small wins more after reading this 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  3. Eleanor says:

    These tips are really helpful, thaks for sharing 🙂

  4. Adenike says:

    These tips are wonderful, you are so right when you said we need to rethink, it certainly has helped me a lot.

  5. Christina says:

    Super helpful reminder that we’re not alone in those times of feeling unmotivated! It’s such a normal part of work and life and your tips to get back on track are much appreciated!

  6. hari says:

    seriously helpful tips for beginner bloggers.
    losing energy due to lack of sleep is the thing I should avoid in order to not lose motivation.
    thanks for sharing this amazing post.

  7. Faizan says:

    Thanks for this!

  8. I like how you incorporated self care into your routine of building motivation. Decluttering your space, your mind, and even your daily life can create peace and get you going again. I have to keep these tips in mind for getting through my semesters because they tend to be hard at times. It’s easy for time to pass by quickly and for it to be 10pm and I’m like oh no I still should do X assignment, instead of going to bed.

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