By V.S Atbay
Lacking energy and motivation? Drink a Red Bull! *Just Kidding!* there are better and healthier ways.
1) Write a list of things you want to get done, complete the first three tasks and check them off. The sense of accomplishment will start to make you feel motivated and enthusiastic. You just need the first push.
2) Listen to an inspirational piece of music. Watch an inspirational video, or read an inspirational blog. TED talks are always great motivators so is Tony Robbins!
Motivating yourself requires being conscious of ways to increase your energy "deliberately" by placing yourself in positive situations. Watching a sad, intense-filled emotional movie while emptying the 3rd tissue box is NOT putting yourself in a motivational state of mind. Unless you plan on writing a great love story where no one dies in the end!
3) Get yourself fired up! Read about a cause that is close to your heart. Listen to a video that will inspire you to take action.
What gets under your skin? Whether it's bad customer service or idling cars; read up on something you actually care about and realize you can always be apart of the solution in helping eradicate the problem - even in small strides. Every bit of effort counts.
4) Make a video of yourself speaking about a cause close to your heart. It doesn't have to be perfect or fancy. Record yourself on your cell phone or PC and talk about something that matters to you. Then watch and listen to your video and share it with someone close who doesn't mind giving you feedback. Inspire the world - to be inspired! This will direct you back to your goal and purpose reminding you to get up and get moving. For example, you can check out my video on the topic of PASSION under VIDEO BLOGS.
5) Reward yourself so you can look forward to something. When you want to finish up a task, remind yourself that once you're completed, you will call up your friend and go by the beach with a bucket of ice-cream! (You get my point) :-)
6) Don't keep repeating negative thoughts in your head such as: This is so boring, I feel depressed, I have no energy and so on. You're making excuses for yourself. You're much better than that and you know it! Also know, your thoughts affect your mood, and impact your actions directly. Have you ever snapped on someone after thinking of something really negative that had nothing to do with that person? Not cool. Very unproductive. Be responsable for your feelings. Replace negative thoughts with positive one's, such as: This is a breeze! I got this! or Let me just get you done and over with!
7) Don't dwell on your lack of energy - or that you're in fact, not feeling motivated. Just don't think too much about it - Act on it and soon you'll be on a role. Most of the times, it's all about getting INTO the task, as apposed to completing it. Once you're INTO it - you will want to complete it. Fuel your engine along the way. It's all about attitude and tricking the lethargic part of your mind towards something better- so act like you're interested - and soon, you will be. The mind can be quite stubborn.
8) People usually say to complete the hardest task first, but I'll have to disagree. Maybe this approach makes sense in the office or at work, but when you're trying to build some motivation, complete the small tasks first. The small tasks are easy to complete and will start to make you feel better as soon as you get them out of the way - i.e - checking emails, dusting, vacuuming, laundry, editing letters, starting on your thesis. Start slowly and don't rush into it. Rushing into it will make you feel resentful, forced, obligated and stuck. Work calmly and steer yourself into the task. Don't be overly dramatic about it either. Lighten up! Remember tip number (7)
9) Reflect back on all the great things you've accomplished. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and joy. Write them down and then reflect on all the things you want to accomplish after that. See, nothing is impossible. Then, reflect on the last time you received a genuine compliment and allow that positive thought to lift your spirits up. Remember, you're still motivated, but you just need to re-start your engine again.
10) Think of someone that inspires you. Read their bio. Watch their interviews. Are they your hero? muse? guru? and why? Connecting with someone that inspires you, will remind you of your own self -worth. Like they say, surround yourself with positive people, things and ideas. Take their picture and post it on the wall - what do they represent? Courage? Strength? Love? Wisdom? and know there is nothing you can't do either. Just don't place them on a pedestal, then you're getting carried away!
11) Don't allow doubt or fear to creep in - it will only push you backwards. (Read my article - 10 ways to conquer self-doubt)
12) Don't compare yourself with others. It's the one habit that will de-motivate you faster than a flying bullet. It's unhealthy and never productive. Remember - everyone is different and no one is perfect. More importantly, as a friend of mine once said, someone is always better off than you and worse off than you - so don't waste your time comparing your self worth with someone else. Compare yourself with no one, but yourself. Reflect on your own abilities and accomplishments. Challenge yourself to grow - keep other people out of it. This is between you and well...YOU.
13) Filter, clean and organize your thoughts. Organizing your thoughts will create a clean visual on what you want to accomplish and will feel a lot more pleasant to tackle. Can you work in a messy area? Eventually, you'll trip on that loose wire and smash your face on the wall...ok, well, not that severely - but it could happen. A clean mental area equals productivity - and one less injured party. Metaphorically speaking.
14) Have no fear - fears are just illusions. They don't exist - they are like ghosts, so don't waste your time by fearing something that's isn't physical or present. The worse thing that can happen is you'll fail. But guess what? That's a great thing - because failure will toughen you and shape you into a better person. Experience is the best teacher, like everyone says. The most successful - welcome failure and accept the challenge to learn from it.
15) Think creatively. Think of things that excite you. Research new ideas and bask in your own creativity and thoughts. Let all good inspiration to soak right into you. This will give you some ideas on how and where to progress - and most likely, a light bulb will go off! or should I say ON.
16) Volunteer. Find a place to volunteer your spare time. Helping others will encourage you, enhance your sense of purpose and motivate you to do better. Nothing like seeing someone smile and knowing you made a difference in their life. This is what makes the world go round, literally.
17) Focus on your passions - and research on how to turn your hobbies into a passion and your passion into a career. (there's lots of resources available)
18) Talk to a someone that always motivates you , can be upfront with you, make you laugh or lift your spirits up. Be it a family member or friend, coach or mentor- sometimes, when we lose ourselves and lose ground and focus, the love, support and reminders of those close to us can help keep us on track. So seek a positive soul - after all, they love you for who you are! (You can even talk to God) Prayer & keeping faith is a great source of motivation! An Atheist? No problem. Whatever rocks your spiritual boat. Focus on that.
19) Detach from negative emotions and drama. Intense emotions will distract you from what you are supposed to be doing - and is not very motivating as it can take total control over your mood, life and not to mention, your appetite! Get up, go for a walk and make a conscious effort to push them to the side for the time being.
20) Avoid unhealthy distractions such as drinking to get away from your problems, watching too much television, jumping into meaningless relationships and so on. Bad habits are not going to help you feel motivated, but depressed and more confused. Avoiding responsibilities will not empower you. Infact, it may lead you into a bad addiction. Let's not provoke Pandora's box.
21) Get active - go for a walk, work out the gym, run with a friend, go hiking, build something and so on. Getting active will get your heart flowing, your adrenaline pumping and send more energy and blood through your system. When you're lethargic and lack energy, starting even the simplest of tasks can seem like a huge chore. So wake your body up with a fresh glass of water and some fun exercise! Find ways to embody an ACTIVE state of mind, body and soul. In and out of bed. ;-)