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7 ways to regain momentum

by | Aug 7, 2012 | Goals, Momentum

“How do you recover that momentum you once had, without a shift in your career?”
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It happens to everyone, even the most motivated among us.

Sometimes, you just lose your focus, and it becomes difficult to continue working.

This can be followed by a sickening sense of despair as you find it almost impossible to pick up where you left off. This lack of enthusiasm can slip away naturally, although it is more likely you will need to pick yourself back up using all your strength.

But what do you do when you have lost focus? How do you recover that momentum you once had, without a shift in your career?

It isn’t always easy, but there are a few things you can do to get yourself back on track.

Start Slow

If you have taken a few weeks, months, or even years of the path, you may find the hardest part is starting your stroll back to the road you want to travel. You may need to push yourself just to start, only to find that you can only spend a few minutes toiling away at what used to be your passion. Don’t worry; just allow yourself the time you need, doing a little bit more each time.


If your enthusiasm is lagging, one of the best ways to regain it is to remember what you enjoyed in the first place. This isn’t about saying, “I used to be happy”, this is about saying: “I love how such and such makes me feel.” Although many things may have changed since you first fell in love with your work, use those motivations to recapture the spirit now.

Ask for Help

There is no shame in asking your partner or a friend to give you a bit of a push. After all, you want it. Whether it is a phone call, an email or a friendly cup of tea, your cheerleading team can do wonders. Take it a step further and join a Mastermind group who are excited to offer you support in exchange for yours.

Executive Coaching

This may seem a bit farfetched at first, but give it some thought. There are coaches and therapists that specialise in the business side of your life. Take a look at our Jamie Panter, for example; he specialises in getting sales people and execs to regain passion for their job and take it to the next level.

Break It Down

Everyone has been in the position where the items to accomplish seem unobtainable. One of the main culprits is usually the enormous size of each item. Take the time to chop everything down into smaller pieces. The ability to cross one thing off your list may just inspire you to attack the rest. Have a look at this article on goal setting.

Be Nice

Be kind to yourself. Most people are far too hard on themselves, especially when they do not need to be. You have already taken a number of positive steps just by recognising you are off the trail you want to blaze. Make sure you reward yourself, rather than following the path of self-punishment. However, this is easier said than done, as many people retreat into doubt and self deprecation when they are not accomplishing what they want, as quickly as they want.

Adjust Your Pace

You may find that your motivation returns in dribs and drabs. That’s okay, as long as you are nursing it back to full health. However, you may find that you need to adjust your pacing accordingly. The more motivation you find in yourself, the quicker you can achieve your goals. Just start packing your to do list to correspond with your passion levels.

Regaining momentum doesn’t have to be difficult. But it can be tiresome to keep clawing for something that you used to have naturally. You may find that you need to look at all of the suggestions listed here. As a bonus, you will probably find yourself better prepared for your future than ever before.

Take Action!

Take the time to think about what’s holding you back, and try to attend to that while you regain momentum.

Visit the links in this article you may just find the right key to unlock your motivation.

Tell us your best tips and tricks for overcoming a halt in your work by posting comments below.


This is part of Momentum month on the Rethink Retreats blog

Check out these other great posts:

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5 goal setting mistakes

and for an inspirational 5 minute video, do check out:

5 mins of complete inspiration


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