Sometimes we just need a good kick in the butt to get going. It doesn’t matter how goal-orientated you are, or how motivated you normally are, there will be days where you need some motivation to do what you need and want to do. And even if you normally have some motivational tricks up your sleeve, they may not be working. That’s why you need an arsenal of new insights to help motivate you.
If you’ve been searching for ‘What will motivate me?’ take the time to stop and read these ideas. Even if you feel as nothing out there will help you, I guarantee that at least one of these will resonate with you and help you get back on track.
1. Don’t Do Draining Things
Often we lose motivation because we take part in draining activities. This can be watching negative news, listening to negative people, doing things that bore or depress us, and reacting in negative ways, such as complaining or being angry. All of these things can cause us to lose our motivation in an instant, even if we were excited about doing something beforehand.
Therefore, if someone was to say, “Motivate me!” this is the first thing I would say to them. I have watched people I love do draining things over and over again and lose their motivation to the point that they never did anything that they really wanted to do in life.
2. Find Inspirational Quotes
Quotes have always been popular for motivation, and they will continue to be until the day we die. They offer little bits of insight that can give us that ‘aha moment’ we need to shift our perspective and get back on track. They can promote motivation in all areas of life, and they can be used in many different ways to inspire and uplift. One of the quotes I recently saw that helped to motivate me was “Find a way or fade away”. You can put quotes on your computer, on a vision board, on your phone, on your fridge, on your mirror, or anywhere else you need a little reminder of why you are doing what you’re doing and why you need to stick with it.
3. Get Started
Science has shown that the hardest part of doing anything is visualizing what is to come. For instance, if you want to work out, visualizing the actual work can make it extremely hard to get going. It will feel tough, draining, and painful, so you may find yourself pretending like you are doing something important, such as resting, recuperating, or giving yourself a break just to avoid it.
But, there is something called the Zeigarnik Effect, which simply means that once we start something, we experience intrusive thoughts about how it is not complete yet until we complete it. The desire to finish what we start sticks with us, and if we don’t finish it, we feel a sense of conflict within ourselves. So, no matter what you need motivation towards, get started, and the motivation to finish will stick with you.
4. Desire To Live In Growth, Not Safety
Abraham Maslow said that we are either living in growth or safety, which means that we are either moving forward and growing or stepping backwards into safety. If you take too many steps backwards, you are going to feel bad about yourself and live in a state of blame, worry, criticism, and all those other negative emotions. If you want to live in a state of happiness, step forward and live in growth. You get to choose. Which choice will you make today?
5. Don’t Focus On Material Things
Research has shown that when you aspire to do something for fame, money, or beauty, poor mental health will follow. For example, if you work just to make money, you may feel depressed, anxious, and annoyed. This is why it is important to focus on meaningful things, such as relationships or personal growth, which inspire more confidence, more energy, and more willingness to interact with others. Look at the area where you are lacking motivation and find the personal reasons behind doing them for some extra motivation.
6. Focus On Positive Impact
The things that matter the most to us have some sort of positive impact on life. It can be a short-term impact, long-term impact, relationship impact, or health impact, but if it impacts us in any way, then we are more likely to get busy taking action on it. Visualize the impact taking action will have and make it a point of focus for motivation.
7. Be Engaged, Not Freaked Out
Imagine a thirty foot board in front of you. It is four inches thick and about a foot wide. It’s laying on the floor, and you can easily cross it if you need to get somewhere. You simply focus on the board and put one foot in front of the other. But, what if that board was 200 feet high and there is a pool of sharks below it? It is still a stable board and is big enough for you to walk across it easily, but the external factors have made it seem much scarier than before because the height and sharks are now an issue. That fear will cause you to procrastinate. But, if you stay focused on taking one step at a time across the board, and not about all the consequences of not making it across the board, you will have a much easier time getting started, moving along, and getting finished. In short, be engaged with what you are doing and don’t look over the edge.
8. Plan It Out
Planned out work inspires us while having no plan leaves us in a state of confusion. Where should we go? What should we do next? What will happen if we do this instead of that? Planning removes those questions and allows you to clearly see where to go, what to do next, and what the results of your intentions are. It gives you a sense of purpose that inspires action. Brendon Burchard, a popular motivation coach, highly suggests spending 20 minutes in the morning dedicated to planning out your day. It will give you a clear vision of what you need to do and why, and it will help motivate you to tackle the day ahead.
9. Become An Optimistic
The pessimist inside of you wants to slow you down and keep you from doing the things that matter most in your life. For instance, if you want to look for a new job, the pessimist may tell you that there are no better jobs out there for you or that you are not going to be happy no matter where you are, so you might as well stay in the job you are in. Don’t let your inner pessimist win! Make optimistic arguments that counteract what your inner pessimist tells you. If you look for them, you will find them. If you can’t, get a friend or family member to point them out for you. Fight for the freedom to believe that things are possible if you just try.
10. Take Things Lightly
G.K. Chesterton, an English writer and philosopher, said that taking things lightly was the most spiritually advanced thing you could do to improve your effectiveness in life. I tend to agree with him. When you don’t beat yourself up, speak negativity to yourself, or make things harder on yourself than they need to be, then it is much easier to stand up and do what you need to do. Don’t take life too seriously. Have fun with each day. Laugh, enjoy yourself, and make things easier on yourself.
11. Let Action Motivate You
Do you think that you need to feel great before you can do whatever you want to do? Wrong! I know that being excited can definitely motivate me to do something, but often the actual act of doing something can make me excited. In other words, action can create the happiness, excitement, and enthusiasm that motivates you.
12. Think About Your Loved Ones
If you can’t find personal motivation, then it’s time to look outside yourself and focus on the loved ones in your life and see if that helps. If you are not feeling motivated to do something for your health, think about the impact a few extra healthy years of your life will have when it comes to being with your loved ones. If you are not feeling motivated to work, think about how your salary can help put food on the table, heat the house, or just get someone you love a gift that would make them happy. How will doing what you need to do impact your loved ones? Visualize the answer and let it motivate you to start taking action.
13. Find The Value In Persistence
In the beginning, any task can seem exciting when you think about the result. But, as you go along, sometimes the end goal seems so far away that motivation starts to dwindle. That’s where finding the value in persistence has helped to motivate me, and I’m sure it will help to motivate you. Anything that happens persistently gets results.
I was once watching a huge waterfall when an older man came up and told me that the waterfall had completely changed since he was a kid. The persistent water had created a wider waterfall than he remembered, and it was then that I realized the value of persistence. If you persistently take action, things change, and even though you may not see your result yet, those positive changes will still be there!
14. Motivate Others
Have you ever noticed how great you are at giving advice to others, but not to yourself? I find that usually I can clearly see the solution for other people, but often it’s not so clear for me. The answer? Listen to your own advice! The advice you have inside of you resonates with you, so if you listen to it, you will find the answers that you need. I have found that motivating a friend is the best way to motivate me.
If you don’t have any friends that need motivation, there are tons of forums that you can go on where people will be asking for motivation. And, if you need motivation in a specific area, go to a specific forum, such as a dating forum, business forum, weight loss forum, or spiritual forum. Find the perfect question, let the answer flow from you, and then take your own advice!
15. Set Pictures To Your Goals
One thing that works to motivate me is my visual vision board. Every goal I have has a picture attached to it, and those pictures have little one-liners that remind me why I am doing what I’m doing. I watch it every morning, with some motivational music, and I feel pumped after watching it. You can use a goal setting software that includes a visual vision board for this, such as Goals on Track. Or, you can use something like Mind Movies to inspire you.
16. Watch A Movie
I know this sounds counterproductive, but if nothing else is working, taking a few hours to watch a motivational movie can help you get inspired, emotional, and ready to tackle the world. For instance, if you are not motivated to work and make money, then watch The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith. It may help you see how easy you have it and how dedication can really get you the life you want. Sometimes movies will surprise you and have an interesting effect. For instance, The Wolf of Wall Street helped to motivate me – not to rip people off or focus on money, but to be creative and go after what I wanted with enthusiasm. If you’re not sure where to start, get on a forum and ask other people what movies helped motivate them.
17. Make Your Time Valuable
Wait Buy Why, a popular blog, just posted a blog post based on a 90-year human life, and it has helped to motivate me in many different ways. [Source: http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/12/the-tail-end.html] In it, the focus is on how many times you have left to do things, such as how many winters you will experience, how many super bowls you will watch, and how much time you really have left to spend with someone. While it can be a little bit depressing to think about, it’s also quite motivating to get busy using your time wisely. If you don’t want to work out, then consider how many more chances you will really get to improve your health. If you don’t want to work, then consider how much time you have left to go after your dreams. And, remember, even though you can factor in your age and probable lifespan, you never what could happen tomorrow. You may not have as much time as you hope for, so use your time wisely!