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Reasons why motivations fades

Motivation can fade for various reasons, and understanding these reasons can help you better navigate the ups and downs of your motivational levels. Here are a few common factors that can contribute to the fading of motivation:

  • Lack of clear goals

If your goals are vague or not well-defined, it can be difficult to stay motivated. When you don't have a clear vision of what you're working towards, it's easier to lose interest and motivation over time. Setting specific, achievable goals can help maintain your motivation. Set a SMART goal.

  • Unrealistic expectations

Setting unrealistic expectations can lead to disappointment and loss of motivation. If you expect instant results or progress that is beyond what is reasonably achievable, you may become discouraged when you don't see immediate success. It's important to set realistic goals and recognize that progress often takes time and effort. Take an appointment with a dietitian for help in setting realistic goals!

  • Lack of intrinsic motivation

Intrinsic motivation refers to the internal desire and enjoyment you derive from pursuing a particular goal. If your motivation primarily comes from external factors such as rewards, recognition, or approval from others, it can be more susceptible to fading. Finding intrinsic motivation by identifying the personal meaning or value in your goals can help sustain your motivation.

  • Overwhelm and burnout

Taking on too much or pushing yourself excessively without giving yourself adequate time to rest and recover can lead to burnout. When you feel overwhelmed or exhausted, your motivation can suffer. It's important to find a balance between challenging yourself and giving yourself enough time for self-care and relaxation.

  • Lack of progress or setbacks

When you don't see tangible progress or encounter setbacks along the way, it's natural for motivation to wane. It's important to remember that progress is rarely linear, and setbacks are part of the learning process. Recognize that setbacks are temporary and view them as opportunities for growth rather than reasons to give up.

  • Distractions and competing priorities

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get distracted by various commitments and priorities. When your attention is divided among different tasks or responsibilities, it can be challenging to maintain motivation for a specific goal. Setting boundaries, prioritizing your goals, and minimizing distractions can help you stay focused and motivated.

  • Lack of inspiration or novelty

If you've been working on the same goal for an extended period, you may experience a loss of motivation due to a lack of inspiration or novelty. It can be helpful to seek out new perspectives, ideas, or approaches related to your goal to reignite your motivation. Engaging in activities that spark your creativity and curiosity can also help.

Remember that motivation is not a constant state, and it's normal to experience fluctuations. The key is to develop strategies, such as goal setting, self-reflection, and self-care, to help you maintain and reignite your motivation when it fades.

See you next time, Karine Drouin, registered dietitian RD


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