Before moving forward, it is important to tell you that this article is in no way meant to treat, diagnose or cure depression, and the article isn’t even about depression.
Depression is the consequence of a combination of unique experiences and psychological, genetic and environmental predispositions. When you’re in a depression, you lose all optimism about the future, always have no energy and feeling sad without knowing why and not interested in anything. If you feel like that you might be suffering from this illness, you need psychiatric help as soon as possible.
Although, what we’re talking about here concentrates on something similar to yet completely different from depression: lack of interest or motivation.
This article aims to help you figure out some solutions for getting back that zest for life and motivate yourself to do things you are interested in.
If you’re not interested in anything and have no motivation, this article will help you.
Let’s dive into the reasons why you feel uninterested and unmotivated.
You’re Stuck in a Rut
You wake up, work, eat, and go to sleep… And repeat every day.
Multiply those activities for a long time, throw in some stupid web-surfing and YouTube-bingeing, and congratulations — you’ve got yourself in the center of a bonafide rut.
Stuck in a rut is getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing but water and saltine crackers. It seems as if you have no choice but to eat the same bland, flavorless meals every day. You do it not because you want to but because you have to.
Good news; you can get out of that rut and reignite your interests using a couple of solutions.
- Get out of your comfort zone by adding challenging activities into your life.
- Do things you’re afraid of.
You’re Not Playing to Your Strengths
One of the reasons you are not interested in anything is that your daily activities aren’t tailored to your strengths.
To find your strengths, try the GPS Formula by asking yourself:
- What am I GREAT at?
- What am I PASSIONATE about?
- How to combine the two responses to the above questions in SERVICE to others?
The convergence of your answers is the key to find what’s your strengths.
- Use the GPS Formula.
- Test new ideas and potential hobbies.
- Consider beginning a side-hustle like an online business in something you’re great at.
Your Subconscious Hold You Back
Because we’re afraid of failure, we hold back and prevent ourselves from exciting changes. Maybe you’d like to learn a new sport or skill, but you make up reasons for why you don’t have to learn more. You tell yourself you’re not interested… But is that true?
Do you lack courage or interest?
Often, a lack of the latter holds us from exploring more of the former.
- Challenge yourself and try more activities to see if they might interest you, even though you think you might fail.
- Think of them as tests to help you decide whether they’re worth pursuing.
You’re Not Aiming High Enough
Despite of what we want to achieve in life, it’s how much we desire to reach our goals that end up becoming essential to fulfilling them. Unfortunately, many people try to limit their desire and tell themselves and others that they don’t want incredible success.
Nevertheless, this thinking is terrible. When we limit the scope of our desire, we place a cap on what we’re willing to do to reach our goals and succeed in life. When that happens, we limit the scope of our interest and motivation on any given activity and a general sense of fulfillment.
A lack of desirable and exciting goals easily reduces your motivation and makes you feel like you’re not interested in anything.
The solution to this dilemma is The 10X Rule, which says that: You need to set targets that are x10 what you estimate and then it will take to accomplish those targets.
While some will tell you that aiming impossible goals kills motivation and that it’s preferable to “underpromise and overdeliver,” this line of thinking is silly. 10X-targets will only spur you on harder to do more than you ever have done before. Even if we fall achieving our 10X-level aims and goals, it is still better to fall short of achieving a massive target than simply achieving a small one. If you aim high enough, you’ll demand more from yourself and become better at chasing a massive goal.
Nonetheless, setting a high target is only the first move. The next step is to take ten times the number of actions you think is needed to reach that target.
- When we have uninspiring and small goals, we tend to feel sluggish and lazy to achieve them. On the other side, when we have vast goals, we feel invigorated and empowered to take action to achieve them. Bottom line? Set massive goals and take massive action.
- Push yourself to your limits. The more action you take, the more interested and motivated you become to further your goals.
Time to Spark!
Try the methods above, and you’ll be on your way to reigniting the motivation and interest you need to lead a fulfilling life.