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Don't Let These 3 Deadly
Demotivators Defeat You
Demotivation happens when your negative thoughts overwhelm any positive motivation you may have. Donít worry youíre not alone. We all fall victim to it at times. It may be as simple as "having a bad hair day", but it can also be far more serious.
Demotivation can distract or discourage you from achieving your goals. The truth is; demotivation can be downright deadly and destructive!
Here are some warning signs to look out for -
You might be feeling cantankerous, downhearted, frustrated, or as if you are being victimized in some way. Other tell-tail signs could be boredom, depression and lethargy.
So what's the cause and how can you overcome it?
Well, it could be due to one of several reasons. Here are 3 to think about:
DEMOTIVATOR # 1.
Criticism is a prime culprit. Continued criticism might lead you to think "I canít do anything right." You may feel worthless or believe that no one has faith in your ability. Then you start to doubt yourself.
This can happen when associating with the wrong people. Demotivation can be the result of negative talk, always blaming others, or a "nothing ever goes right" attitude.
The solution is to surround yourself with people who will make you feel better about yourself. Seek out people who focus on whatís right and good rather than whatís wrong and bad.
DEMOTIVATOR # 2.
Demotivation can stem from greed. There is a popular misconception that people who are money-hungry are the greedy ones who end up with the money. This is sometimes true in the short term, but often the exact opposite happens.
When in the retail trade I saw this time and again. I knew of other retailers who would squeeze their suppliers for every last cent. One chap would rip the stitching on unsold soft toys and then return them to the supplier for a credit. He never paid his bills on time and took advantage of everyone he came in contact with. He tried it with me once... I said ONCE... and I never helped him again. He began to wonder why he was not being offered the good deals from suppliers that I was being offered. And, why weren't his customers returning to buy more?
The fact is - bad things start to happen when greed comes into play. It may not happen straight away, but it does happen. Greed often leads to arguing and fighting which is stressful and demotivating.
I believe in doing your best and treating others, as you would expect to be treated. With the right attitude, people will go out of their way to help you.
DEMOTIVATOR # 3.
Demotivation can happen when you strive for the impossible. You may start to think, "Itís all too hard" or "Itís just not worth it any more."
Demanding the best of yourself and having others demand it of you is fine, but you are headed for a fall if you demand perfection. Be positive, know what you are capable of doing and be realistic. That way you wonít be disappointed.
The thing to remember is that motivation and demotivation are about getting the balance right. We all have our ups and downs and none of us can expect to be 100% motivated all the time.
We all go through patches of boredom, depression and lethargy. But, donít worry too much, unless your demotivation lasts for weeks on end. If it does, then you may have to sit down and carefully assess your situation. Think about what might be causing the problem. Think about what changes may be necessary to maintain your right level of motivation?
At the end of the day, your success in life will depend on your own personal motivation, dedication, and commitment. Youíll know your capabilities. Your level of motivation will determine what you do and your attitude will determine how well you do it.
Above all, don't let demotivation defeat you.
© Noel Peebles - author of "Sell Your Business The Easy Way"
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