You're more emotional than you think
We all need help with overcoming demotivation when we’re in a tough battle.
Studying is quite an emotional rollercoaster. As accounting students, perfectionists, and most of us have fixed mindsets, we don’t like to acknowledge that emotions are a large part of our decision-making criteria.
We like to believe that we’re logical, rational, objective. We see emotional people as ‘artists’ or ‘creatives’, people who need to ‘express themselves differently’, perhaps even drama queens!
The reality is that we’re all emotional, and by not acknowledging the role that our emotions play in our daily lives, we are not able to take control of them. If we pretend something isn’t there, we can’t do anything about it, we don’t manage it and we don’t deal with it.
"I'm too demotivated to study"
If you’ve ever said this, than you need to acknowledge that you’re basing your actions on your emotions.
First. STOP and breathe.
This does not make you a bad student, a bad accountant, or a drama queen.
You’re pursuing a tough goal, and what makes it tough is not the technical work, the formulae, the knowledge. What makes it tough is the sacrifices you make, the things that go wrong, the deadlines, the feelings of uncertainty, the performance anxiety, overcoming fears, self-doubt that creeps in when things go wrong, working when you’re exhausted, and putting one foot in front of the other when you just want to stop. If it was JUST the knowledge and the theory, you’d nail that stuff! With enough time and energy, of course you can do it all! BUT, there is never a lot of time, and life takes a lot of energy.
So, how can I help you overcome demotivation?
You don't need motivation
Wow, that’s tough to think about. I know that.
It is a LOT EASIER to do what we need to do when we FEEL motivated to do it. When we wake up feeling positive and energised, when we’ve gotten a test back that we did well on, then it feels good to get back to our studying.
BUT, we cannot only study when we FEEL like it. We cannot control everything that happens to us to only be productive when we feel good.
Doing what you need to do is a CHOICE. Sometimes it’s an easy choice, and sometimes it’s not.
But… it’s still YOUR CHOICE
How you Feel vs What you Do
I sometimes say to students that I don’t care how they feel, they need to study. This sounds really harsh, and anyone who knows me, knows that I do care a lot about your studying!
There are some really good reasons that I say this.
Why are your feelings irrelevant?
Of course I want you to be happy and motivated and positive and all these other great things! The reality is that this isn’t how life works. We need to be able to work towards our goals, regardless of how we feel.
Before I give you the steps to overcoming demotivation, here are a few reasons why I want you to separate your feelings from your actions:
10 Steps for overcoming demotivation
It’s all easier said than done. Here are some tips on how to overcome demotivation when you’re in the moment and are basing your actions on emotions:
I'm right here with you
I will always push you, always tell you the truth, and sometimes it doesn’t feel as ‘nice’ as we’d like.
But you always know I care enough to be honest, and give you sound advice.
Now go DO IT!