When Your Motivation Fluctuates

Some moments you feel like you could take on the world, other times you're ready for a nap. How do you handle motivation fluctuation?
Christi Hegstad July 26th, 2020
Some days I am ready to climb Mount Everest and some days the fridge feels far away. But on neither day am I ‘better’ than the other.
– Elise B. Cripe

While journaling the other morning, after a fresh-brewed cup of coffee and a breakthrough idea, I felt like I could take on the world. I stepped into the day feeling confident, strong, and capable.

Two days later? Pretty much the opposite.

Whether spurred by our workload, an unexpected comment, how we spent the weekend, or myriad other factors, we’re bound to have moments of motivation and those of, well, not so much.

Sometimes within the same day!

This week, address – and embrace – where you are.

Rather than judging yourself for fluctuating motivation, get curious instead.

Ask yourself, ‘What do I need in this moment?’ Or feel free to adopt one of my favorite questions, ‘What would make this feel light?’

And whether your response involves jumping into inspired action or spending an hour with a novel and a glass of iced tea, remember that neither determines your worth! You are important, your work matters, and you make a difference.


Christi Hegstad, PhD, PCC is the Certified Executive + Personal Coach for Difference-Making Achievers! Reach out today to discuss coaching opportunities.


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