I was lying asleep in bed one morning when my alarm begun its assault to get me out of bed. I stretched over to turn it off and thought, you got to be kidding, already?!
I knew it was going to be a long day. As I laid there, I had zero motivation to get up. But, once up… I still had zero motivation. This continued all day. I went to work, dragging, I drove home, with my head in the clouds, and then laid on the couch unable to force myself into any kind productivity.
We ALL have days like this, it’s completely normal. Sometimes we’re tired, unmotivated, and burnt out. But what do you do when you feel a sense of urgency, or the “I really should be getting stuff done instead of laying here” mind set? What do we do when it’s starts to become a hindrance to blessing and progress.
1. Work with Purpose
Too many times we get this way because we neglect our purpose, and we’re tired. We’re tired because we’re working so hard with no real purpose driving our efforts, so we burn out. If paying the bills and keeping your head above the water is all you’re working towards, it makes it easy to burn out and lose motivation. Then, we step back and think, this isn’t worth it. Why? Because we’ve woken up one morning and realized we’re unhappy and sick of it. However, sometimes we need refocus and understand why we do what we do, even if it seems mundane
In the Bible, 1 Timothy is crystal clear about our obligation to work,
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. – 1 Timothy 5:8
YIKES! But is that all there is to it? Of course not! We do it because it’s right, and unto God.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters – Colossians 3:23
If that doesn’t do it for you, you may need to reevaluate your purpose.
2. Vision Cast
It might sound stupid, and completely impractical, but vision casting is one of the best things you can do to get out of the slump mindset and get motivated. It’s essential to your survival and success.
Proverbs 29:18 says,
Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast of restraint… -Proverbs 29:18
We don’t have to be prophets to prophecy over our lives. 2 Corinthians 4:13 sets the example by concluding that,
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, – 2 Corinthians 4:13
It is a part of our walks as Christians to continually believe and speak about that which Christ has done and IS doing in our lives. In doing so we fan into flame our spirit of faith and rejuvenate our minds to press forward, even when we have no motivation, and even when it seems all your doing is spinning your wheels.
Look to where you’re at and where you’re going. Remember the dreams God has placed in your heart and what you’re working towards. Continually refocus and cast vision.
Otherwise, you’ll find yourself unmotivated, ungrateful, and lacking in desire. Things will become dull, boring, and unpurposeful; complaining will become easier, and it’ll dig you further into your slump.
3. Get Excited
Once you begin to realize “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” you’re going to get excited. (Romans 8:28)
That’s one of the wonderful things about being part of Christ family and living in America. You are FREE, literally! If you put your mind to it, work hard, and refuse to quit, you can accomplish all that you put your hands to. That’s exciting!
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy and full of smiles. The rain will fall, there will setbacks, and there will be days you’ll want to quit. But if you can remember to always work with propose, cast vision, and get excited, you’ll be able to march through with a heart of a lion.