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10 Ways to Reboot when You’re Lacking Self-Motivation

Picture it, you’re sitting in front of a room full of expectant learners. Some are keen to be there, some are already bored, some are clowning around. Add into the mix a bad night’s sleep and then, to make matters worse, your morning coffee hasn’t kicked in yet!

Self-motivation! Daunting isn’t it?

Training is hard work and it’s easy to burn out when you’re continuously pumping energy and motivation into the people around you.

We all know that sometimes you need to fake it ‘til you make it, so here’s a few ways to do that and reboot when you’re lacking self-motivation:

1. Address Problems in the Group

Perhaps easier said than done, but it pays off to address any issues that arise, either between attendees or between them and you.

2. Mix it Up / Try Something New

When things are feeling a little stagnant, shake it up. Perhaps you could try a new game to start the session with or shuffle the order around to re-invigorate things?

3. Get the Attendees to Teach You Something

Ask about their industry, their experiences or a technique they’re currently using at work. You’ll all have a fresh perspective on the session, and you might just learn something you can use.

4. Keep up with Your Own Personal Development

I can’t stress this enough. It is so easy to spend all your time feeding other people’s development that you completely forget about your own. Take time out, read a book by someone you admire, scroll through some blogs, or book onto a course.

5. Set Yourself Goals

One of the best ways to keep on top of your personal development is to set goals and targets, just like your learners do.

6. Return to what Inspires You

Have you been here before? How did you get out the rut you were in? Return to what inspires you, put some time aside to focus on yourself and re-ground yourself in the work you do.

7. Remind Yourself why you Started

No one gets into training ‘by accident’. You’ve got to have a tough attitude and a near bottomless well of energy and enthusiasm. So, if you’re struggling to keep your self-motivation, back track and remind yourself why you started in the first place.

8. Learn Something New

Take a course, read a book, reach out to colleagues to impart their wisdom. Whatever it looks like, learn something new and exciting.

9. Take a Break / Switch Off at the Weekends

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Burnout is real. Take time off to spend with family, friends, your dog, your cat or yourself and switch off from work.

10. Prioritise Self-Care

Have you heard the phrase ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’? Well, it’s true. With the best intentions in the world, you can’t give what you haven’t got. So, look after yourself and prioritise self-care in your day-to-day life.

So, whilst your morning coffee may not be cutting it, hopefully you’ll find something here to help reboot you when you’re feeling unmotivated or depleted.

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