“I used to struggle with getting motivated. Through research, trial and error I defeated laziness and procrastination – this is what I learned.” – Sid Savara
Unmotivated Demotivated Uninspired. Call it what you want – you know the feeling.
You’re stuck and unable to make progress on what matters to you.
You feel lazy, tired – and deflated
Well it’s time to get up and make the most of your life.
Time to break out of your motivational funk.
How To Get Motivated Today: 7 Tips
#7 Find Your Mantra
A mantra doesn’t have to be long – it just needs to get you excited.
My mantra when I find myself spinning my wheels? Value your time.
Everyone has their own life to live, and I can’t tell your what your mantra is – but I bet you probably already have something in mind.
#6 – Remember Your Peak Moments
I used to call this being in the zone, but I much prefer the terminology from Find Your Great Work: peak moments.
These are moments of triumph and they remind me who I am, what I am about – and why I am chasing my unique goals.
“A peak moment is a time when you felt you were at the top of your game [...]
Your Peak Moment connects you with that time when you felt most fulfilled, most stretched, most present[...] a moment of insight where you say: yes this is something to remember, this is a moment of me at my most essential, me at my most authentic and best.”
If you’re not at your best right now – try to remind yourself of the times you were, and use that to fuel you.
#5 Get Active.
There is SO MUCH research out there about the benefits of exercise – including boosting your mood.
When you don’t exercise, not only will your fitness suffer: but your other goals suffer as well.
For me personally, my work sessions after running, high-energy workout music and a refreshing shower are some of the best work I’ll do all day.
You don’t need to understand all the science: what you need to know is if you’re in a funk, and really hitting a wall with your work – you may be better off stepping away for a moment.
Take a break and running, walk or stretch for half an hour – you’ll come back refreshed and ready to work.
#4 – Motivate Yourself Daily.
Motivation builds upon itself.
What do you think is easier:
- Motivating yourself after an unproductive day, week or month
- Motivating yourself after a string of successes, each better than the last?
Of course it’s easier to be motivated when things are already going your way.
So why not start each day with some momentum?
Set your homepage to this motivational start page.
You’ll be reminded daily to be motivated and keep moving forward towards your goals.
#3 Remember This Moment Is Precious
Sometimes when I’m not motivated to do what I know needs to be done, I remind myself that if I waste this opportunity, this one chance, I’ll never get another.
My minutes, hours and days come around one time – and it’s up to me to live the life I want, right now.
And you know what? The same is true for you.
Each moment of your life is important – remind yourself of that, and feel the motivation build inside you
#2 Don’t Let The Slump Start
It’s the little things that lead to a motivational slump.
It’s skipping one workout to hang out with friends, then two.
By the next week, in the back of my mind you are already rationalizing why today is a bad day for the gym – there is so much momentum working against me that it’s hard to get started again.
Don’t fall into that trap.
When you see yourself falling into the same old routines….
Take action right away, no matter how small the victory, and use that momentum for further tasks.
#1 Get Off The “Failure Treadmill”
In my decade and a half researching personal achievement, a lack of motivation is one of the biggest reasons people fail.
But you know what’s more?
Once people have started to fail, it gets harder to motivate themselves – often until they hit rock bottom and have nowhere to go but up.
So if you find yourself in a toxic cycle of failure – you’ve got to break out of it.
You need to start getting some small wins – so you can feel the benefits of taking action in your life.