Motivation is “a force or energy inside us that moves us into action towards a desired goal.” The problem is there are many motivation drainers around us. We know what needs to be done but the energy is being drained from us from outside sources and we become disinterested.
5 motivation drainers
(adapted from Steve Bagi’s post “Motivation Drainers“.)
1. Negative people.
Some people can project a negative and overly critical influence onto the people around them. These people can really affect individual and team motivation. I have seen, many times, how the addition of a really negative person can alter, and severely deflate, the mood of a team that is hyped up and ready to go.
2. Unrealistically positive people.
Although positive people are great to be around, occasionally we strike those who are optimistic ad infinitum. Optimism without a reality check can also demotivate as it simplistically paints a perfect picture of what will be and makes planning for problems and contingencies more difficult.
3. A lack of encouragement and acknowledgement.
Encouragement and acknowledgement from leaders help to boost motivation. Although most of us know this, as I work with different teams it becomes obvious that encouragement is in short supply and so many people aren’t working to their potential because they feel unappreciated and rarely receive any real encouragement.
4. People letting us down.
The people around us can help to inspire us, or on the other hand, demotivate us. When people don’t follow through on their promises, or build you up only to let you down, it drains our energy. By the way, I will call you next week with some exciting news!
5. Interpersonal conflict.
One of the biggest motivation drainers in the workplace and in our personal lives is unresolved conflict. Conflict, itself, drains emotional energy. When it is constant and there are few glimmers of hope for a resolution, it can really take the spring out of our step.
Are any of these motivation drainers impacting you at the moment? What can you do to reduce their impact?