People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily. ∼ Zig Ziglar
The 6 am alarm screeches. A grunt of weary disapproval. Reluctantly, a lone hand stretches out, slowly, creeping, fingers-searching-for-the-snooze button. Snooze activated. My half-conscious head hangs as hands frantically flip the top pillow, revealing the pick joy that is the cold side of the pillow. ‘Ah-heaven,’ I think to myself as I begin to dose again. Sound familiar? We all have mornings like this, right? In fact, lack of motivation can hit us anytime, anywhere. Which is why it’s always handy to have a few tricks up your sleeve in order to overcome a slump in Motivation. Here are my top 3 ways you can motivate yourself for action.
1. Get started.
When we don’t feel motivated, the biggest hurdle is just getting started, taking that all important first step. Here is a handy trick to get the ball rolling and momentum building when you’re faced with a task that is time-consuming or requires a lot of energy.
Commit to just 5 minutes of Action by setting the alarm on your phone. This tool is great to use in moments when you don’t have a choice but to take action (I use this when I have to face a mountain of dirty dishes). Trick yourself into Action by reasoning with yourself and saying ‘I’ll just do 5 minutes’ and actually do set the alarm and do what you need to do for just 5 minutes. Don’t be surprised, however, when you struggle to stop after 5 minutes, chances are you’ll be in the swing of things, in a state of flow and you want to get the job done. Thank me later!
2. Tips the Scales.
Motivation can be simply defined as ‘our reasons for acting or behaving in a certain way.’ And there are only TWO reasons why we do anything (or don’t do anything). The two drivers of human behavior are Pain and Pleasure, every action we take is either an attempt to gain pleasure or avoid pain. With this in mind- If you’re not feeling motivated, you’re associating more pain with taking action and more pleasure with staying where you are. Makes sense, right? Tip the scales by considering the negative cost of not taking action, visualize yourself in this future negative situation which will help to make the pain real. Then, begin to associate pleasure with taking action by asking, What are the benefits of taking action and how will acting now serve me in the future?
3. Ask yourself the question — how can I make this more fun?
I believe most situations can be made more fun and let’s face it — everyone loves to have fun! I’ve taken to playing Action movies in the background when completing admin tasks like invoicing, updating the website, replying to emails, the stuff in life that doesn’t really tickle my pickle. I love Movie soundtracks so even though I’m not fully watching the movie, the sound alone puts me in a great state and makes the time fly by. Next time you’re faced with an unmotivating task, how can you make it more fun?
At the end of the day, we can all take action despite not feeling Motivated. Just because I don’t feel like tackling the mountain of dishes waiting for me in the kitchen, doesn’t mean I can’t choose to stand up right now and accept them. Remember, you always have the power of Decision. Great people don’t wait to feel motivated in order to make things happen but feeling in the right frame of mind certainly helps, and I hope my tips can serve you in those moments you need a little nudge.