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7 Deadly Sins that Destroy Motivation and How to Fix Them

Regardless of what type of work you do, there will be times when you feel like you can’t rise up to the challenges of life. Perhaps, you feel like reaching your goal is an uphill climb instead of an exciting journey. You may have reached a point in your life where you question if you’re really on the right path.

When success seems to be elusive, you wonder if you’ve made the right decision. When there are more setbacks than wins, it’s easy to lose motivation. And when you lose motivation, things can go into a downward spiral fast.

Even in transcription work, some transcribers can lose their motivation. It results in lower productivity and overall disenchantment in what they do.

Here are seven things that destroy motivation and prevent you from reaching your full potential.

1. Self-limiting Beliefs

Self-limiting beliefs are thoughts that hold you back from reaching your full potential. You may have perceptions about yourself that were shaped at an early age. Many self-limiting beliefs are often internalized early in life, largely influenced by someone else's expectations. These beliefs then persist into adulthood and can be difficult to change.

It is important to recognize these beliefs in order to work towards changing them for the better. These beliefs create a heightened sense of risk and can cause undue fear and anxiety. Beliefs can be so powerful that they impact our behavior. When you have a limiting belief, you are setting yourself up for failure.

In order to overcome these beliefs, you must fully understand them so that you can unlearn and create new beliefs that will help you be motivated to get what you want out of life.

2. Setbacks and Failures

Setbacks and failures often kill motivation. When you lose sight of your goals, dreams, and ambitions, your motivation takes a nosedive.

When you don’t see immediate results, you may become discouraged and feel demotivated. It's important for people to put things into perspective and realize successes and setbacks happen to everyone at some point in life. It’s not always a win.

Setbacks are a part of life. You set a goal and you work hard to reach it, only to fall short. This can make you feel like a complete failure. If you don't have support from family and friends, this can be enough to stop you from trying again.

Struggling to work through a tough project is always difficult. It's even worse when you're facing setback after setback. It’s as if there’s no end in sight.

It’s perfectly normal to experience setbacks. They happen to make you correct mistakes and make necessary changes that will eventually lead you to success. But there’s a way to minimize the risk and that’s to set a goal and an action plan. If you follow through on the plan, you’ll see progress through the stages. No matter how long it takes, you can make it through, if you stay the course.

3. Setting unrealistic goals and expectations.

Having high expectations can be a good thing, but it’s important to set the bar at a sensible level. When you set goals or establish expectations that are too difficult to obtain, you’ll never feel satisfied and you will lose your motivation.

It can be easy to fall into this trap as many people crave success and want to succeed as fast as possible. However, having this kind of expectation for yourself can be detrimental in the long run.

Setting unrealistic goals and expectations can lead to a lack of motivation. When you set the bar so high and don’t see immediate results, you are more likely to abandon whatever project or task you are working on.

Failing at something you’re good at can spur feelings of guilt and shame, which can lead to a diminished sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

Reaching your goals or achieving personal bests is a motivational high, as it proves that you are capable of doing things. However, if you set unrealistic expectations and goals, you will experience disappointments and frustrations when you don't meet them and these feelings can further destroy motivation. It's important to find a balance to keep your motivation alive!

4. Fear

When you stop and examine how you feel about certain tasks, you might find that you’re not motivated to do them. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed because there’s a lot on your plate. You might be procrastinating because you don’t want to face the huge task at hand. But more than that, it’s the feeling of fear that envelops you.

Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, and fear of looking like a fool can all prevent you from following through with what you set out to do. The only way to overcome these feelings is to face your fears head-on. Fear can be a major factor in why people do not take on challenges. If you are scared to try something new, this fear can take over and make it difficult to attempt anything.

5. Having No Strategy or Plan

Many people are motivated to work out but lose their motivation over time. This is because they lack a strategy and plan, which decreases their chances of success. It's important to have a clear goal in mind, which will serve as your focus. Without a plan, you will feel aimless, lost, and demotivated.

Having a plan and a strategy in place motivates you to work harder because there is something at stake. You have a clear path to your goal and all you have to do is to stick to the plan. It can be hard to stay motivated when you don't know what the goal is, what benchmarks you're shooting for, and how far along you are. Without a plan, you’ll find yourself discouraged and giving up too soon without ever seeing the results you were dreaming of.

6. Comparing Yourself To Others

It's natural for humans to want to compare themselves to others. This desire for comparison may lead to feelings of low self-esteem, envy, and inadequacy. It is true that in some cases comparing oneself to another person can be motivating, but if you compare yourself endlessly with someone else, it actually destroys your motivation.

Many people are in constant competition with each other in the belief that this will help them in some way. This can be dangerous because by comparing yourself to others, you are only setting yourself up for failure. It may even be detrimental to your well-being.

The constant need to maintain a certain lifestyle that you see on social media can emotionally exhaust you, and lead to low self-esteem, depression, and many other mental health problems. By comparing yourself to others, you are giving in to the stereotype that society deems desirable. It’s easy for your own shortcomings to become more apparent, which then destroys motivation.

In order to maintain motivation and stay on track, it is necessary to remain focused on self-improvement and not letting the negativity of comparison get in the way.

7. Not getting the support you need

Lack of support and lack of encouragement can lead to a person's motivation being destroyed. One of the most important aspects of achieving success is having people in your life who believe in you and encourage you to keep going when times get tough.

Sometimes you are not motivated to pursue your goals because you don't feel like you have the proper support to keep going. It's not uncommon for people to stop because of a lack of encouragement from friends and family, or even from themselves.

It's all too easy to get discouraged when you find yourself struggling to keep up with your routine. The suffocating feeling of lack of support is enough to quickly derail even the most determined person. Luckily, with a few simple adjustments, it's possible to regain focus and maintain motivation.

When people don't see the value in what you do or feel that your efforts are unappreciated, it becomes hard for you to continue on with your goals.

The first step is admitting that you're not perfect and that you need help. This can be done with support from friends, family, or professionals. Spend less time with people who disparage your dreams and trash your abilities. Spend more time with people who are truly encouraging and supportive of your pursuits.


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