Sometimes I just feel really lazy and unmotivated and I just need that extra push to get things done.
If you want some practical solutions to your motivation-problem, Here are a few of them. Try a handful.
I’m sure you’ll find at least one or two that do just that below.
- Make a deal with yourself. Good for overcoming procrastination and getting things done. You can make the deal small or large. You simple tell yourself something like: When I’m done with this chapter/project I can go and have drinks with friends.
- Act like it. If you don’t feel motivated or enthusiastic then act like it. The strange thing is that within a few minutes you actually start to feel motivated or enthusiastic for real.
- Move the goalposts. Set a large and specific goal. This will motivate you much more than small goals. A big goal has a big effect and can create a lot of motivation.
- Reprogram your information intake. Program out negative and cynical thoughts from the media and society. Reduce your information intake. Then program in positive news and entertainment, more of your own thoughts and useful information such as personal growth tapes and books. Be selective and keep it positive.
- Think outside your box. Don’t imagine the future from the box of what you have now. Just because your mind is in box of previous experiences doesn’t mean that’s the limits of the world. Your possibilities are much larger. Create the future from the now and from nothing rather than your past to experience bigger changes with fewer limitations than you would if you created it from what you can see from your box.
- Ask uplifting questions in the morning. Here’s what you do; every morning ask yourself five empowering three-part questions this way: What am I ______ about in my life right now?
What about it makes me _______?
How does it make me feel? Put in your own value in the blank space. For instance, one of my question I ask myself is:
What am I excited about in my life right now? These morning questions are great because the way they are set up makes you recognize things you take for granted and then they really get you to feel those positive feelings.
- Do some research on what you are about to do. Then your expectations will be more grounded in reality and you can also get good hints on what difficulties that you might run into along the way. Managing your expectations can lower the often almost explosive initial enthusiasm. But it can also lessen the lack of motivation that usually follows when most of that enthusiasm has died down.
- Don’t fear failure. Instead redefine it as feedback and as a natural part of a successful life.
- Remember to have fun. Or create fun in a task. Then you’ll stay motivated to do and finish it.
- Cut down on TV. Do you watch it too much? Watch less of what they are doing in TV-land and do more of what you want to do in life.