• Judy M. Williams

Motivation Killers You Should Be Aware Of

We all go through a cycle of being extremely motivated to completely unmotivated. In one moment, we're super psyched to start our new job search or business idea. Then suddenly, that enthusiasm disappears, leaving you drained or uninspired. The lack of motivation leads you to believe that you no longer want to put in the effort to continue searching for a new job, start that new business, or complete that new certification course to help you advance in your career.


While there are several reasons that can cause a person to lose their motivation, the five listed in this blog are common motivation killers that can sabotage your ability to achieve your goals.


Motivation Killer #1: Negative People

Many people don't realize how much of their energy is influenced by those they surround themselves with. Negative people are toxic and don't have any desire to see you succeed. Most negative people tend to project their own fears of success and failure onto others.


Surrounding yourself with negative people can seriously impact your motivation to achieve your goals, and the only necessary fix is to eliminate the relationships with people who do nothing but suck the motivation out of you.

"May the bridges I burn light the way." - Bob Dylan

Be cautious about who you share certain information with - not everyone will be happy for you or supportive of your goals.


Motivation Killer #2: No Opportunities for Growth

You have worked at the same company for over a decade that has never led to a promotion that would advance your career and professional skill set. In fact, you know the only way up is if your boss leaves, and in many cases, that doesn't happen. While the steady pay increases are nice, feeling trapped by mediocrity can crush a person's motivation and creates disinterest in planning for an improved future.


Make the decision now to achieve your career goals. Look past the salary and focus on where you want your career to progress within the next 5 years and go after it. If the company you're with lacks opportunities for growth, then begin updating your resume and searching for that next opportunity that will take your career to the next level.


Motivation Killer #3: Feeling Unappreciated

Feel unappreciated at work can diminish your motivation, but you should be reliant on the approval of others to fuel your fire. The key to not letting this negatively impact your MOJO is to always be your own fierce supporter.


Motivation Killer #4: Fear of Failure

When fear of failure takes hold of us, we become immobilized and miss opportunities that could help us achieve our goals. Fear of failure has many causes and symptoms (e.g. growing up with critical or unsupportive parents, procrastination, and perfectionism). The way to control this fear is to change your perception of failure.


If you've read biographies of great inventors, entrepreneurs, or political figures, you'll likely come across several accounts of their failures. They learned to view their failed experiments, businesses, or plans as feedback and an opportunity to fine-tune their direction toward success.


Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm – Winston Churchill

Motivation Killer #5: Impatience

In the world of Internet, smart phones, and fast-food restaurants, it's easy for us to get impatient when we've become to expect everything NOW.


A loss of motivation due to impatience is common among job seekers. The downfall to being impatient is that you begin to apply to a job that you really don't want, and worse, is not aligned with your career goals.


Speed does not equate success. Just because one person achieved a goal quickly does not meant they're more successful in life. Keep in mind that you should achieve your goals at your own pace. It doesn't matter how long it took or how quickly you achieved, but that you did.

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© 2023 by Judy Williams, L.L.C., d/b/a/ Holistic Career Guidance 

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