If you are in need of motivation right now…
If you are feeling lost, empty, or bored by your work…
If you aren’t getting anything significant done, even though you’d like to…
We’re going to change that — right now.
You can start by going through these steps consecutively to start.
But feel free to bookmark the post for times you feel low motivation setting in, and start to make it your own.
The most important thing for you to do though, is TAKE ACTION.
I appreciate you reading this,but if you read the words without taking the action, you won’t gain much.
1. Our world is created in our language — so change your words to change your world.
Everything we interpret around us is based on our language — whether we experience the language as words, symbols, body language, and or another medium.
If you build an environment of low motivation, you will feel low motivation.
- Stop telling yourself you’re tired.
- Stop telling yourself you’re bored.
- Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
We all face challenges in life. What matters is how you deal with those. That separates those who feel successful and happy from those who feel stuck.
Don’t feel stuck. Change your language.
2. Go back to your reason “why”.
You hear a lot in business about connecting to a “vision” — the reason “why” of that company. The vision is how the company wants to be positioned.
You can set the same standard for yourself as well.
Discover what matters to you.
I created my “why” through my core values, plus an evaluation of what pumps me up.
My reasons why are freedom of time, location, work, interests, and health.
Yours can be anything. They can fit under one value, like freedom, or touch various.
Or, your “why” can be summarized in three words.
Just find your “why”.
3. Review some motivational quotes.
Quotes can be cheesy, but a lot of us find them pretty effective as well.
Everyone knows I plaster my Facebook page with quotes — and I do think people like it.
Quotes can be simple, but powerful. Just like my gratitude journal, which is why I added a quote to my journal:
“It’s not just another day; it’s the one day that is given to you today.”
When I want to remember why I continue to learn:
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn
When I really want to just complete a project or task:
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. – Parkinson’s Law
When I find myself unsatisfied with what I have:
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
When I don’t feel satisfied with my work:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
When I need hope:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” – Steve Jobs
These are all just reminders to keep pushing forward. It connects us to our “why” in a creative way.
Pay attention next time you have a quote that resonates with you, copy it down, and return to it when you need it.
4. Watch a video to hype you up.
100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
Start a playlist so you can have something to remind you to get back to hustlin’.
Here are two for me:
Watch them. Love them. Add them to a playlist. Go back when you need a boost.
5. Get Active.
This can be simple, if you’d prefer.
Take a walk, try the 7-minute workout, take a cold shower, head to the gym and get back to work later on.
Our mind responds to our body’s activity.
6. Get caffeinated.
Coffee or tea is the obvious choice — and you probably know which you like.
The fact that it will get you out of your chair and moving is an added bonus.
If you want to load up on dark chocolate for that little caffeine kick, go for it.
Just don’t go overboard.
7. While you’re at it, eat a little something.
But please, be smart! Put the junk food back on the shelf (or in the trash) and go for something healthy. I snack on fruits, carrot sticks, greek yogurt, nuts, and take vitamins.
Eat whatever you like that is healthy.
8. Phone A Friend.
We all have friends and family we love to talk to (and those we hate talking to). Think of that person who inspires you when you talk to them, and give them a call.
You don’t have to tell them why you’re calling. Just set a few minutes aside to give them a ring, check in with how they are doing, talk a bit about yourself, and get back to work.
Know who energizes you, and reach out.
9. Take A Break!
I already covered this in “5 More Steps to a Better Day“. To summarize, try the Pomodoro Technique, the 20-20-20 rule, [email protected] to combine a neuroscience backed music playlist with regular breaks, or focus on your muse.
The key, though, is experimentation.
10. Take a power nap, or meditate.
We work hard, and constantly. We know this already – and that’s probably why you’re out of motivation still at this point.
I’ve liked to try both “power naps” and meditation.
For Power Naps:
- Set an alarm for 20 minutes – and no more than that (I wouldn’t recommend less than 15 either).
- Lay down, if you can, or sit comfortably in your chair.
- Close your eyes and calm your breathing.
- Scan your body from head-to-toe. Relax your forehead, your eyebrows, cheeks, mouth, neck, shoulders, arms, hips, legs.
- Wait calmly until the alarm goes off. If you fall asleep, great. If not, just wait. You will feel refreshed when you wake.
- This doesn’t have to be intense. Find ways to include meditation in your day. Just simple relaxation where you don’t have to think about anything.
- See the first step on my post, “5 More Steps to a Better Day“.
11. Turn off distractions.
Turn off Facebook, Twitter, Emails, TV, and whatever other distraction you allow around you.
It’s your choice.
It might not be easy at times, but it can make a huge difference.
Turn down the noise — turn up the creativity.
12. Try a music playlist that gets you going.
Again, [email protected] is a great choice. I like the Alpha Chill and ADHD playlists, depending on the energy I need.
You can make your own through YouTube, Spotify, or whatever music service you use.
13. Be Gracious.
This will be kept short, since I have an entire post on why you should start a gratitude journal (Make Each Day Amazing in 60 Seconds).
This should really be in the top 3, since it is more of a preventive measure.
I will say, the days that I skip the journal, I can feel it.
Start a gratitude journal, and stick with it.
14. Change perspective on what you’re doing.
If we look back at #1 — our language shapes our world.
So, you don’t have to dread what you’re doing. You can just get it done.
Try taking a moment to list three positive outcomes of completing the task.
I’ll get you going — one can be that you won’t have it there to dread anymore.
You might gain a new skill, help someone else, feel accomplished, or learn something new about yourself, too.
Just put pen to paper!
15. Get to work.
Just do it.
Seriously. Do it.
Build the willpower within you to get it done.
Remove all distractions. Stop reading this. Stop seeking out motivation and just do it.
Make this your goal for the next hour, or for the day, but make sure it gets done.
And if that all fails:
- Does it really have to be done?
- Does it have to be done by you?
- Can you live with not doing it?
If you are still stuck, there’s no advice but to just get it done so you can get past it.
This may not be an exhaustive list, but it gives you a start. You can work through it methodically when you need a kick to get moving forward.
And that’s its purpose.
But it’s in your hands to keep moving forward.
You can’t seek out external motivation all the time.
Connect with the core of why you do what you do and you will move forward, with occasional bumps, but headstrong persistence.