Life can become monotonous at times, and you may wonder, "Where has the spark gone?" “Where has all the fun gone?” If you've been feeling down about life in general, remember that it's completely natural to fall into the "business as usual" routine from time to time. But it doesn’t have to always be that way. To help ignite that spark, one needs to find motivation in all aspects of life and daily activities.
Find that Motivation
To better understand motivation for doing tasks, it is divided into two very different kinds, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation is something outside us, a feeling of guilt or obligation, something you need to do. An expectation you need to meet, a deadline you can’t miss.
While intrinsic motivation comes from within an individual’s self belief, and is mostly characterised by a feeling of excitement. For example, you really care about what you’re doing and it feels important to you, and you want to do it. With extrinsic motivation, you’re always pushing yourself to keep up with it, while with intrinsic motivation it’s driving you forwards.
Joy in Doing What You Love
Tasks that are driven by excitement are nothing short of amazing. One tends to spend far longer on such tasks without feeling mentally or physically drained, lack in procrastination and the absence of anxiety in performing such tasks. We manage to give extra focus and get a better kick out of it if we are passionate about something.
Do this: Start with your own reflections. Is there anything new you can discover that will rekindle your enthusiasm? Is there a sport that can help you stay focused on achieving fresh and exciting goals? A lot of people pick new habits later on in their lives. Age is just a number at any given point – you can pick up archery or golf and master it within a few months. Just find joy in what you feel you love.
Happiness is Contagious
According to a study conducted by Harvard University and the University of California, when a person becomes happy, a close friend has a 25% higher chance of being happy as well. A partner has an 8% chance, and next-door neighbours have a 34% chance. Happiness truly is contagious.
Do this: Avoid spending too much time with people who are toxic and draining. Instead, seek out people who are fun and interesting.
Stop Caring of What Others Will Say
Gone are the days when we gave heed to what others will think. Ask yourself – do you have time to think what others actually say or mean? Do not involve yourself in collecting negative vibes from toxic individuals. You are living your life and you are in charge of it on your own. One of the biggest reasons we don’t follow our heart is because we care too much about what other people think about us. As a result, we get discouraged and don’t pursue things that might fill us with joy.
Do this: Focus on finding the courage to do things that make us happy regardless of what others think.