When every day follows the same or similar pattern, it’s difficult not to lose your motivation to keep going. Here are 5 ways which help me to stay motivated despite routine in life. I hope you’ll find them useful too.
Whether you work full time or are a stay-at-home parent; travel the world or do the same job every day; are married, have family or are single, it’s hard to avoid some kind of routine in life.
We all need to get up, cook and eat, run errands, perhaps drop children off to school or childcare, and work. Some kind of routine is part of anyone’s life. When things are repeating too often or without any variety, or if you’re a variety-liking person, after a while, you might lose motivation. You might get a sense that your life doesn’t have a particular direction or that life has little meaning.
Here we go again
I wake up on some of the days and think ‘Again?’ Again, I need to choose clothes, eat something for breakfast, get my daughter ready, cook, work etc.’
As much as I love my family, enjoy my job and do various things in life, most of my days follow a similar pattern. To me, a person who likes variety, it’s not easy to always stay motivated in
On some days we all feel less motivated and it’s absolutely fine. Life is life, and it’s good to accept a healthy level of routine in it. But there are some biblical suggestions that might help to keep this kind of days to a minimum. Here are those that have helped me.
Let God be your motivator
As Christians, we are not ‘obliged’ to be happy, positive and motivated every day. To force that belief on anyone would be harmful. But we’ve got an advantage in the person of God who is our primary motivator and cheerer. Whatever we do, we know we can rely on Him to keep us motivated.
Those who seek the Lord lack no good thingPsalm 34:10b
We don’t do things for the approval of other people or honours of this world but we do things because God wants us to. Also because we want to bring Him glory.
Jesus said: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work” (John 4:34).
And Paul said: “For me, to live is Christ . . .” (Philippians 1:21). As it says in this article: “It wasn’t money, it wasn’t fame, nor was it being the best apostle that motivated Paul. It was living for Christ that superseded everything.” And living for Christ should be our motivation too. His example should show us how to stay motivated.
He himself is our motivation – we go through every day thanks to Him and for Him, and it’s good to be thankful for that. So to stay motivated look to God – for His will for your life and for those encouraging words that keep you going when you feel a bit stuck in life.
It’s not going to work
Looking at the example of the Israelites in the Bible we know what happens when our focus moves away from God.
They were going around the wilderness for 40 years – no wonder they had moments when their motivation was low or non-existent. Coincidentally, it was low when they were losing their focus, coming up with their own solutions and forgetting what God has done for them.
In Hebrews, we’re reminded to keep our focus on Jesus.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.Hebrews 12:1b-2a (NLT)
or in another translation:
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.Hebrews 12:1b-2 (The Message)
Have a vision and a plan
I know how much focusing on doing things can be damaging to us, so I don’t want to encourage anyone to motivate yourself only by doing things. At the same time, I know that every one of us needs a vision for life and a plan, even if only rough, to go with it.
The vision can be for a season or for life, small or little, world-changing or not but it’s good to have one to hold on to when your motivation goes low for some reason.
Little by little
On the other hand, sometimes loss of motivation occurs because we do too much. We want to do too much because we think that what we’re already doing isn’t enough or isn’t meaningful enough. The truth is every little thing matters – taking care of your kids, cooking a healthy meal for yourself or your family, doing a short workout, even a short prayer or reading one chapter in the Bible. It all matters and contributes towards a bigger picture.
Remember the verse from Zechariah?
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
I’ve found a piece of advice in this article that I want to share with you: “believe with all your heart that God has orchestrated your day and has divine appointments for you that you don’t yet know about. (…)
God has your day planned out and that’s what makes the Christian life exciting—trusting that God knows what is going to happen today and is going to give you opportunities to represent Him.”
Don’t do it alone
We are made for social interactions and for being with other people. It doesn’t mean we all need to be surrounded by a company 24/7 but it means that we function better when we regularly interact with others, talk and share with them.
We can first share the things we’re doing, so they can encourage us, share their ideas and check with us how things we’re going. When we get a bit low on motivation they can remind us of the passion we had for the thing at the beginning.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)
Add some variety and let it be
You can also think of ways how to distract your routine – go to work different way, start a bit earlier, finish a bit later, grab a coffee in a different shop. These things might sounds simple but they do help.
Remember that there will be days when you’ll experience a low level of motivation, even when walking closely with God. That’s fine and it’s normal. Accept those days, let your body and mind rest. It’s the best way to stay motivated on the other days.