I cannot tell you how many conversations I’ve had with friends who say they feel unmotivated in their work right now. In fact, there seems to be an epidemic of boredom, burnout, and lack of focus among my friends and colleagues. I don’t know if it’s the pandemic, the winter weather that refuses to give way to sunshine and spring, or a combination of both, but I’ve felt it, too.

This time of year, it can be extremely difficult to simply press on when our energy is low. As if feeling drained isn’t enough, our own mindsets about our energy levels—and lack thereof—exacerbate the problem.

My tendency is to beat myself up about feeling tired, unmotivated, and foggy-headed. But this self-critical view has never actually energized me or improved my performance and motivation. Rather, it further drains me and piles guilt on top of the fatigue. But quite frankly, there’s nothing to feel guilty about.

What if, instead, we just told ourselves that it is okay to feel how we feel? 

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