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Motivation Lessons

It happens to the best of us.

Sometimes, the drive, energy, enthusiasm, interest and passion just drain out. The problem is, most of the times we are not calling the shots. We have to move with the rhythm of our environment which always asks us to stay ready and up and moving.
So, what do you do in times when you just don’t feel like doing anything?

Or when too much needs to be done and all you ever want is to quit?

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Imagine the consequences.
Worst comes to worst, you will lose the opportunities you are trying to pursue or lose your sense of enjoyment in life.

When lacking in motivation, think of the worst case scenario that may happen because of it. Then, maybe, just maybe, you’ll be in the mood to get off your butt.

Just begin.
Quit the mental chatter. Quit the debate in your head. Quit the whiff-wharf of dialogues that push and pull you from doing whatever it is that you need to do.

Realize that hesitation doesn’t do you any good, it wastes your time at best. So why do it?
Stick with the plan.

Given that you have already started going for your goal, the next problem you’ll be encountering is sticking with it. It is never easy to stick with the plan because the temptation to give up or give in to the lures of rest, relaxation or slacking is too strong. No matter what happens though, just stick with it.

Never, for one second, turn your back on your goals. Keep your eyes on them

Crave for it.
Be passionate about what you are doing, even if it’s the most boring, tedious job in the world.

Do it for compelling reasons.
This is actually pretty much like the tip above, but it’s worth repeating. Do it for a compelling cause. Do it because you are burning with passion for it. Do it because it really excites you.

If it doesn’t, then make it interesting. Motivation jumps out the nearest window if you don’t have an iota of interest in what you are doing.

Be careful when listening to that tiny voice.
The worst battles often happen inside the head, not during the act. What limits us in most cases is the self-talk that convinces us of the negative sides of goal, of our self, or of our dreams.

Shut this voice out and you will find it is easier to be motivated.
Skip the five-minute habit.
The five minutes leading to doing the task is said to be the least comfortable of all. This is when hesitation kicks in.

If you really want to be motivated, forget about this part and get on with doing the job.

Don’t get overly excited.
This is an absolute motivation killer. Many people commit the mistake of jumping right into the task. This is good save for the fact that excitement drains away with motivation. Manage your motivational level by trying to build up anticipation.

Set a date, moderate your expectations, construct realizable goals, and sustain your energy. It is easier to get and stay motivated this way.

Staying Motivated

Life has a way of interfering us while we are going after our dreams. It distracts us from pursuing things that really matter and even convinces us that nothing really matters.

It can attract us to adopt a defeatist attitude – lacking on enthusiasm and interest – ultimately sapping out our sense of purpose.

But there are ways to stay motivated, no matter how you feel about everything around you. These are not easy, far from that, but are nevertheless very helpful in keeping yourself fired with motivation.

Develop the attitude of interest. Find the thing you are most passionate about. The happiest people, they say, are those people who do the things they love the most. It is not coincidental that they are the most motivated people as well.

After all, passion and motivation go hand in hand. They are closely intertwined to create a person who is full of zest about everything.

Nearly every successful people are very passionate about what they do. Why do you think Lance Armstrong, despite of having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, went on to win 7 consecutive Tour de France trophies? It is not only because he refused to give in to life’s cruel joke, but because he is also very passionate about cycling.

We are not saying that it has to take some forceful circumstances in our lives before we find the thing we are most passionate about. In most cases, this very thing is right at the tip of your nose. You just don’t want to see it, to accept it.

Find the thing that can spark and sustain your enthusiasm. Then channel all your energies towards that thing. This sparks motivation, productivity and satisfaction.

But what do you do when you are stuck with things that you are not truly passionate about? In times like this, when passion is lacking and your zeal is at its all-time low, interest will suffice.

Be interested in everything you do, no matter how boring, tedious or nonsensical it may seem. Find meaning in everything. Take the time to be engrossed, to be interested. Otherwise, your life will see and feel like a living hell.

Having said that, always find reasons to be happy about the things you do, the goals you are pursuing, the dreams you are trying to realize, and the life you are trying to live. Never lose sight of happiness and never let it slip away.

Maintain an elevated level of energy. The mere act of smiling at yourself can recharge your energy. Having no energy almost always ensure that you won’t feel as motivated as you need.

Always take the time to recharge yourself – sleep, eat, breathe, relax, and rest. Do whatever it takes to always keep your energy high, if not sustained.

Act like it. Translate positive emotions into actions.
If you are not feeling positive about anything, try to act like it.

Sometimes, despite lacking motivation, you can still feel motivated when you deliberately act with enthusiasm.