You start the year with the best of intentions. You’re going to read your Bible. You’re going to eat healthy. You’re going to keep your house clean. But all you really feel like doing is sitting on the couch in front of the TV with a big bag of potato chips?
What is a woman to do when she wants to make changes that improve her life, but comes down with a bad case of the “I don’t want to do anything” blues at the most inopportune moment?
Fortunately, you’re not stuck giving in to couch potato syndrome. There are a few steps you can take to up your motivation and get you back on the right track.
Here’s how to overcome a lack of motivation.
Think About the Whys
Why did you set the goals you did? Why is it important to read your Bible, eat healthy food, or keep your house clean? I use those examples, because those are my own personal goals, but this works with anything you aspire to do.
I want to read my Bible, because I truly want a deeper relationship with God. I want to understand him better. I want to know how he thinks, so I can be more like him. I want to glorify him in my life, but how can I glorify someone I don’t know?
Eating healthy is important to me, because I’m diabetic, and I have a four year old daughter. I need to live for a while, and I want to be an active mom in my children’s lives. If I don’t eat well, I run the very real risk of diabetic complications.
And let’s face it. My house is more peaceful when it’s clean. It’s a relaxing place to be when toys are picked up, the floor is mopped regularly, and the dishes are clean. I want my home to be a haven for my family.When we find the right perspective, we find our motivation.Click To Tweet
Thinking about the whys of your goals can transform the goal in your mind from “I have to do this” to “I want to do this because….” A shift in mindset is sometimes all it takes to get you in the mood to move forward.
Enlist in Support
This month I’m participating in my first Whole30 to clean up my eating habits. I’m about a week and a half in, and I know I would have quit already, if not for the support around me.
I have sought out everyone I know who is doing the Whole30, and we talk about recipes, things are bodies are doing (eeeew), and how to handle the picky eaters in our families. When we get stuck, we encourage each other and provide helpful tips. Or a shoulder to cry on. Or prayers for each other.
The other benefit in sharing your goals with others is accountability. When I go to church on Sundays, I know my friend, Tonya, is going to ask how it’s going. I really don’t want to tell her I pigged out on a giant sized Hershey’s chocolate bar!
Hebrews 10:24-25 says,
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. NIV
I think that’s an appropriate verse to keep in mind. If your goal is a godly one – one that is meant to glorify God or submit to Him – then by all means enlist in your Christian friends for support!
Just Do It
I realize I sound like a Nike commercial here, but there is truth to the words “just do it.” Sometimes we just need to get started to find the motivation to keep going.
My ladies Bibles study is reading through The Bible in 90 Days. In case you’ve never tried it, that’s a LOT of reading every day. I certainly don’t want to get behind, as catching up would be difficult.Sometimes we just need to do the hard thing.Click To Tweet
Still, the other night I was reluctant to do my Bible reading. I’m not sure why, but I just wasn’t in the mood to sit down and read my Bible. That sounds terrible, doesn’t it?
I knew I needed to stay caught up, so I told myself I’d read half of my daily reading and catch up on the other half the next day. But once I got started, I was so engrossed in the story of Joseph that I read all ten chapters of my daily reading without even thinking about stopping. In fact, I wanted to read more!
Sometimes we just need to do the hard thing, trusting that the motivation will follow.
Give Thanks to God
Do you hate to clean your bathrooms as much as I hate to clean mine? Truly, it’s one of my most dreaded tasks. Do you ever thank God for your bathroom when you’re cleaning it?
I’ll confess I don’t thank God as often as I should. But think about it.
There are people in the world who do not have the benefit of running water. No toilets. No sink to provide the water you need to rinse the toothpaste out of your mouth. No hot showers in the morning.
We really are blessed to have bathrooms to clean here in America. Let’s never forget that. (I speak to myself here as much as I’m speaking to you.)
Colossians 3:17 says,
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. NIV
I often remember the first part of that verse, but the second is just as important. In everything we are to give thanks to God – in our words and our deeds. From our greatest accomplishment to our most mundane tasks. We need to take time to thank God for our blessings and for the work he is doing in our lives.
When we consider who God is and what he has done for us, the sacrifices we’re making to read our Bibles, eat healthier food, clean our homes, or any other goal don’t seem so big, do they?
It’s all about perspective, and when we have the right perspective, often our motivation comes back.
If your’e lacking motivation today, try one of these steps (especially that last one). You might find that your motivation comes quickly running back to you!