Do you tend to lose your interest and enthusiasm fast? Do you start with motivation, energy and high hopes, but lose them after a short time?
Do you often ask yourself the following questions:
- “Why do I lose interest fast?”
- “Why do I lose my enthusiasm quickly?”
- “Why do I lack enthusiasm?”
- Why I lack the motivation to do things?”
Do you start a project, work or hobby enthusiastically, but lose your enthusiasm and interest after a few days? This is something that happens to everyone, and could be quite frustrating.
It seems, as if there is a subconscious resistance to do things that require that you to leave your comfort zone.
Something might fire your enthusiasm, but you lose it, when you see how much work or changes you need to make.
This happens to everyone, and in all walks of life.
Examples of Losing Enthusiasm and Interest
- You see a friend, who lost weight and you want to lose weight too. You have a strong desire, but it disappears after a day or two.
- You read a book about making money and you want to make money. However, when you understand that you have to study the market and invest money you forget about the whole matter.
- You read that people make money online, and you want too, to make money. You become excited, but a friend tells you that not everyone can make money online and this makes you lose your enthusiasm and interest, and all the excitement goes away.
- You return from a journey abroad with the enthusiasm to study a foreign language. You find a course, but after a few weeks you don’t understand why you started to study at all, and you quit.
- A friend suggests that you read a certain book, and you go and buy the book. You don’t find the time to read it and you forget about the book.
- You go to a workshop, seminar or a lecture, and return enthusiastic about what you learned. However, after a few days, due to work, chores and other interests, you forget about it, and about you desired to implement what you learned.
This list can go on and on.
Why People Lose Interest and Enthusiasm?
Sometimes people lose interest in everything. This requires professional help and is not the topic of this article.
This article is intended for people who just lose interest and enthusiasm fast, and offers some help to overcome this tendency.
Here are a few reasons why you lose interest and enthusiasm fast:
- Sometimes, after feeling elated and motivated, people lose their enthusiasm. There was just temporary euphoria that faded away fast
- Often, something triggers your enthusiasm, but after a few hours, a few days or a few weeks, the enthusiasm wears off, because you lose interest, or find something more interesting to do.
- At times, we lose interest fast in a certain project or task, and even might forget why we started with it at all. This could be because we lose focus, we don’t have time, or get because we get immersed in some other topic.
- The project or goal just becomes unimportant, unappealing or irrelevant, and we cannot awaken enough motivation.
- Our subconscious habits, our day-to-day tasks and our circumstances stand in our way, and we lose our interest. This is something that happens all the time.
Enthusiasm can be extinguished by lack of interest, as fire is extinguished by water. To keep it, we need constantly add the fuel of interest.
It is not easy to keep interest and enthusiasm strong and alive, especially if you allow yourself to be distracted by every whim, desire or new idea.
If your imagination is fired by some idea, this fire might be extinguished, unless you are determined not to let this happen it, and apply willpower, self disciple and persistence.
You cannot depend on temporary enthusiasm, excitement and desire to accomplish anything. The mind gets excited by various things, but is often fickle and is quickly distracted.
How to Keep up Your Enthusiasm Alive?
What can help you go on with something that excited you?
What can you do to go on after your enthusiasm wears off?
Here are a few suggestions to rekindle interest and enthusiasm:
- Use common sense and think clearly before starting any project. This will help avoid frustration, if you discover after a little while that you are not interested in this project.
- Accept the fact that everything worthwhile requires studying, working, sacrificing certain certain other activities, and doing things that you don’t like doing.
- Before investing time and effort in any new project, you need to be sure that you really want to it. You need to be certain that it is not just a temporary whim. This can save you time and frustration.
- Persistence is most important. This might be difficult, but you have to make a resolution to continue and stand by your decisions. If you do not give up, you will start to make progress. When you see that you are making progress, your motivation and enthusiasm would grow.
- You need to strengthen your willpower and self-discipline. Often, when there is lack of motivation, willpower and self-discipline would carry you forward, to your goal.
- It is also most important to improve your focus and concentration. This would help you keep your attention focused on what you want to accomplish, despite distractions and inner resistance.
- Often, imagine in your mind how would life change or improve, and how happier you would be, after accomplishing your goal. This will keep your interest, enthusiasm and motivation alive.
Like fire, which needs constant feeding, so is enthusiasm, it requires constant feeding to stay alive. It can easily wane if you don’t keep up your motivation, desire and ambition strong.
Enthusiasm can help you start a new project or a plan, but to keep going, you need some inner strength and stamina, and you need to do some work, which sometimes, could be boring or requires effort and time.
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
– C. Kingsley
“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
“We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill. Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically and people will like it more.”
– Chris Martin
“If you don’t feel enthusiasm for what you are doing, then you probably should be doing something else as enthusiasm is a key to success.”
– Catherine Pulsifer
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