Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY
If you're in desperate need of some motivation, we're going to fix that problem, right here, right now. Prepare yourself. WARNING: I'm going to swear and yell a little in this post. Desperate times call for desperate measures. You said you needed motivation. I'm going to do what needs to be done to get your ass in gear. NO EXCUSES. If this isn't the kind of motivation you need, leave now. You've been warned. Alright. Here goes. Do you want some motherfucking motivation right now? I SAID, do you want some MOTHERFUCKING MOTIVATION RIGHT NOW? Do you want to get some seriously useful shit done today? Do you want to get off your ass and start producing instead of wallowing in despair, depression, self pity, fear, doubt or whatever is holding you back? Are you sick of not getting anything done? Let's DO THIS. The point of this exercise is to give you motivation to do something right now. Don't just absorb this and continue sitting around procrastinating. TAKE ACTION. Follow the steps below carefully.
1. Quit bitching about how tired you are.
The world doesn't care. And if you're feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you're at it. It doesn't matter. We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life. Some people give up at the slightest whiff of difficulty. Others power through and find a way to make things happen, no matter how tired or unmotivated they feel.
“Professionals stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way. Professionals know what is important to them and work towards it with purpose, amateurs get pulled off course by the urgencies of life.” – James Clear
Did you catch that? It was the secret to life. Seriously. Let me say it again. We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life. Period. End of story.
2. Read the quotes below. If you have a favorite quote or two you always refer to, read that too.
Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75. - Benjamin Franklin
Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. - Richard Bach
“The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs
3. If the motivation you need is to work on building your own business, watch this video.
I don't care if you've seen it before. Watch it again. Be warned, if you're not working towards being self employed, this video might push you in that direction.
4. Put a pot of coffee on or get some tea brewing.
5. If you haven't eaten something, eat a little snack now.
For god's sake don't eat a fucking twinkie or some other junk food. Eat something healthy. Eat some nuts or fruit. Take your vitamins too. B-vitamins can provide a nice little boost of energy when you're in a slump. These Raw B-Complex are my favorites.
6. Do one of the following three things:
A) Take a shower (really HOT or really COLD), OR B) Go for a brisk walk (20 minutes minimum), OR C) Call the friend who most lifts you up and makes you feel great after every conversation. Tell him or her that you need a little pep talk. Put a 10 minute limit on the conversation.
7. If you're around people right now, go tell one of them how much you appreciate him or her.
Just say, "hey, I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you because..." If you're not around people, think about something or someone you're grateful for. Go over the reasons you're grateful in your mind. Science shows that gratitude = happiness. Happiness is motivating. Be grateful more often by thinking about who and what you're happy for, or by telling someone.
8. If you normally sit down to work, stand up.
Standing up to work is motivating. It gets the blood flowing. A study in 2016 found that call center employees with sit-stand desks were 46% more productive than their colleagues who sat in the office.
9. Turn off email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok or whatever other social procrastination network you're part of.
Turn off the TV if it's on. Seriously, TURN THEM OFF.
10. Now, put on your favorite music playlist.
Play something that gets you jacked. Hint: try the playlist you use at the gym. (Side note: if you don't regularly go to the gym or workout otherwise, start doing that tomorrow. You have to be healthy to stay motivated.)
11. List the top 3 positive outcomes of achieving your task.
Now, think about what you're planning to accomplish today. Don't worry about everything that's holding you back from accomplishing it. Instead, focus on the positive things that will happen once you get it done. For example, if you have homework to do, your list might look like this: 1) I'll learn something useful. 2) I'll make myself and my teacher proud of what I accomplished. 3) I'll get closer to achieving a good grade in the class so I can graduate and move on to doing what I'm really meant to do in life. Write down the three things. Don't skip this part. Make sure you focus on the 3 most important outcomes.
12. Think about the part of doing this task that you enjoy.
Most tasks have some enjoyable component to them. Focus on what you like about what you have to do, no matter how simple or how small. Enjoy the very act of doing your task for what it's worth.
13. Listen to this podcast episode
We recorded a full episode of our podcast about THIS VERY ISSUE.
If you want to listen to some motivation (and learn some tricks for staying motivated) you won’t want to miss it.
14. Now here's the most important part.
Lock yourself in a room with the thing you need to be doing. Don't leave until you make some progress. Put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, or axe to the grindstone. Stop looking for external motivation. Stop letting yourself procrastinate. Start going through the motions of making progress. At first it might feel forced, but eventually you'll get in the groove.
What to do if this doesn't work.
We all have things to do that we really just don't want to do, but have to for some reason. These are the toughest to find motivation for. For these especially difficult situations, I recommend two things. First, question whether or not this thing really needs to be done. What are the consequences of not doing it? Can you live with the consequences? Is there any way to not do this thing? Then, if you still conclude that this thing absolutely has to get done, focus on simply getting past it. Imagine the relief of not having this thing on your plate anymore. How will that make you feel? Dig deep. See how quickly you can possibly do this thing. Do it now and move on to stuff you really want to do.
Bonus tip for creative entrepreneurs and online business builders
Building a business or freelancing career? Get an ongoing kick in the pants to focus your energy from our podcast, The Fizzle Show. Thanks for reading. Now go out and get something important done.