How to Get Motivated
Even When You Don’t Feel Like It!
By Robert Landau
See if you can relate to the following; It’s first thing in the morning. After a long and restful sleep, you all of a sudden hear the sound of something invading the amazing peace you found throughout the night. It’s your alarm clock! It happens to be ringing so loud you just want to pick it up and throw it across the bedroom. The day has finally arrived. The big meeting is happening in just two hours and you realize that you have so much to do to get yourself ready. You’ve been preparing for this for weeks and it’s finally here.
While it all looks good on paper, the emotions you are feeling connected with this event are an entirely different story. You realize that you just aren’t motivated or even the least bit excited about the day ahead. “I just don’t feel like it,” you say over and over to yourself. “If I’m going to get this done and get through it, I’m going to have to find some energy somewhere and at least pretend that I care. This isn’t good, it just isn’t good!”
You wish you could just stay in bed for the entire day promising yourself that someday, hopefully, sooner than later, you’ll be able to do just that for as long as you wish because retirement and a true life of leisure are looking pretty good right now.
Does this sound familiar? So many times we’ll reach a place in life where we just aren’t motivated to take the next step that appears before us. The question then becomes; How do we move forward in a positive way if we don’t really feel like it?
The answers are easier than you think. I believe we are naturally motivated beings. That’s who we were when we got here and that special energetic spark stays with us as we continue to move down our life’s path. It is only when we forget the essence of our true being that the storm clouds set in.
Here are some helpful ways to help you reconnect with your true motivational essence…
1 – You’re only human
It’s unnatural to feel totally psyched about everything all the time. If we did it just might be that we aren’t being totally honest and in touch with ourselves. To not feel totally into everything you’re supposed to be doing is OK. That’s life.
2 – Be kind to yourself in the midst of feeling negative
Give yourself a break and understand that experiencing the lows in life are equally important as feeling life’s highs. It is often said that to experience happiness we also must experience unhappiness from time to time otherwise how could we truly know what real happiness is? We live in a world of duality so as long as we strive to create a healthy balance between the two, all is good. Learning by way of negativity and pain is a part of the journey.
3 – Do you believe that you can be motivated concerning the issue at hand?
Life is about learning how to convert negatives into positives. The only way that will happen is if you choose to do what it takes to get there. If you don’t want such a shift to occur or if you happen to have a deep-seated belief that it’s just not possible…then it’s safe to say that it won’t happen.
You are the sum total of your thoughts. What you choose to believe becomes the foundation on which your tomorrow is built. The question becomes, are you in control of your thoughts or do you allow your thoughts to control you?
4 – Just do it!
Figure out what it will take for you to feel motivated once again. Consider the possibility that it might not be as difficult as you think. What three simple things you can do right now to get yourself back in line with feeling up to the task at hand? There usually are at least three. You might have to dig deep to find them but they are there just waiting for you to discover them. The joke’s on us because they’ve been there all along. Focus on the positives you’ve found, feel what they feel like within you. That alone can create the shift you need to light the flame of motivation.
5 – You’ve got the power
You have been gifted with the power to move forward. You are a winner, even when you’re feeling anything but. Are you a victim of your life’s highs and lows or might you really be a willing co-creator? The “True You” knows the answer to that question.
You are an amazing person and you came here to prove to yourself that you are just that. When you happen to forget how amazing you truly are, realize that remembering is just around the corner. Clouds are always temporary and can only obscure the light of a crystal clear day for so long.
Feeling motivated or the lack thereof is a choice. The same energy it takes to feel a lack of motivation is the same energy it takes to feel totally motivated. You are in control. Be your own best friend. Make the choices in life that serve you in a positive and productive way, even if your mind-chatter of an ego tries to convince you otherwise. Feel your power, believe in yourself, do it!
You are motivation in action.