Even if you don not feel very motivated to begin something, that does not mean your efforts are doomed to failure. The way that the brain works is that it will naturally start to produce dopamine as you begin to get things done. If you’re not very motivated, pick a tiny, easy part of the task to begin with. Dopamine is produced every time you achieve something, no matter how small it is. The brain enjoys frequent positive feedback to let it know things are progressing towards a final goal. The dopamine boost you’ll get from that initial achievement will leave you feeling buzzed and pave the way to you doing more.
2. Believe in Yourself
Dopamine is one of the brain chemicals most strongly associated with motivation and reward. Studies show that experience self-belief causes a surge of dopamine; so a positive self-image can be a really powerful motivator.
Think of yourself as someone who relishes new challenges and can succeed. Build your identity by forming mental movies of yourself feeling motivated and achieving your goals. Surround yourself with others who believe in you as well. Research shows that being told you will perform well by others releases dopamine, too.
3. Drink Coffee
Coffee is known to release dopamine into the brain, as well as having the ability to increase mental focus. Scientists have found that caffeine can enhance some cognitive tasks, such as memory functions, and spark off the motivation and reward circuit in the brain. Drinking sips of coffee as you begin, and progress through, a task can help you to feel more motivated. However, make sure you don’t overdose on caffeine. Too much coffee can lead to an energy slump later in the day.
4. Eat Yourself Motivated
Catecholamines are important neurotransmitters for mental energy, stimulation and motivation. As well as dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline belong to this category of brain chemicals. If you keep levels high, you will have more motivation, energy and mental focus. Catecholamines are built from an amino acid called L-Tyrosine, which can be found in several food sources. Seaweed is extremely high in L-Tyrosine, but if that does not tickle your taste-buds, you can also get this important amino acid from turkey, cottage cheese, egg whites, chicken and Duck.
5.Get your Brain Going
The body is designed to conserve energy in harsher conditions and environments. For example, when winter comes, the body saves its energy for surviving, rather than enthusiasm. This is why you may find yourself lacking energy and motivation during cooler, darker months. However, hibernating can actually create an unhelpful feedback loop, confirming to the brain that it should stop all non-essential functions.
If you find your enthusiasm flagging with a change in environment or season, this is the very time to make an effort to get active. By getting outside and moving about, you are telling your brain to stop conserving energy. You should find that your enthusiasm and motivation return once you give your brain the green light.