We're coming off Daylight Savings Time, it's getting dark earlier, and there are more grey days ahead. Do you find your motivation flagging as winter sets in? I do--I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (a bright SAD light helps).
Even without that, a lot of people have a bit more trouble staying motivated during this time of year.
One thing that can help is to make sure we're you're not focusing on the wrong things:
* What you haven't achieved yet
* What went wrong recently
* What mistakes you've made
* What people owe you (favors, gratitude, etc.)
* What's worse than it used to be
* The things you can't do as well as you used to
* What people could be doing for you
If you want to feel good and stay motivated, shift your focus to:
* What you have achieved
* What went well recently
* What you got right
* What others have given you
* What's better than it used to be
* The things you can do better than you used to (keep your temper, appreciate life, etc.)
* What you could be doing for other people
I'm not suggesting you ignore the negatives, but putting your attention on the positives will make you happier (and more popular). If you're having a dark day, try seeing the day's events through the filter of the second list. It can be useful to print out this list and keep it where you can see it, to remind you to maintain a positive mindset.