Often I find myself lacking motivation to do anything including leaving my bed in the morning. Some days I give in and just let myself lay in bed but most days it isn’t an option and I force myself to be productive. Being productive without motivation is the hardest. I have a few handy tools that help me get my fix of motivation depending upon what kind of motivation I’m looking for. Here’s my list of things I turn to to give myself that jolt of motivation.
WHEN LACKING IN SELF BELIEF
Very often there are moments when I want to do something but I don’t believe in my own abilities. I am crippled by thoughts of failure and consumed by the outcome. My go-to for such moments is ‘Susan Boyle’s Audition Video for Britain’s Got Talent’. If you haven’t seen it before, I promise this will give you goosebumps and all the motivation you will need to stand up to your critics and give it your best shot.
WHEN LIFE IS IN A RUT
There are days when you feel like your life is in a rut and you’re not doing anything that inspires you to wake up every morning. You’re going through the motions of daily life but not really feeling that spark inside you. For such moments I choose to revisit ‘Steve Jobs’ Commencement Address at Stanford”. This speech is sure to stir that passion inside you and want to do more than living your life in a rut. His talk is even more inspiring since he draws examples from his own life to explain his beliefs.
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.“
WHEN IT FEELS LIKE NO ONE ELSE IS GOING THROUGH THE SAME THINGS
Sometime you feel like you’re in it alone, like no one else has ever felt the way you are at that moment. Your friends and family don’t relate with what you’re going through but there are so many others out there in the world also going through something similar. For such moments, I turn to motivational pages on Instagram, looking at motivation quotes on Pinterest, motivational posts on WordPress & reading about other people’s lives.
Some pages that I follow on IG are:
Shout out for Tamara Kulish’s posts – they are full of wisdom and motivation.
WHEN THERE IS NO CLARITY OF THOUGHT
There are times when you just don’t know what you want anymore. You don’t know where life is going and you’re just floating through the moments. Nothing is inspiring you or motivating you because you’ve lost the track of your life. In such moments all you need is to reach out to yourself because no matter how much people tell you things only you really know what you want. In such moments, I journal. I write down what I’m thinking and feeling. If I don’t know what to do next, I write down my goals for where I want to see myself in a year and then map a route to those goals. Journal writing helps to give your thoughts clarity and helps you focus on whats important to you. It doesn’t have to be a fancy journal – I just jot down my thoughts on a ‘Notes App’ on my phone. Mapping out your path to your short term goals can be such a motivational booster.
WHEN YOU JUST NEED A BREAK
Breaks are a must for everyone. We all need time to recuperate and take time off mentally as well as physically. A lot of people think taking a break means losing steam but why not use the break time to motivate yourself more. Pick up some motivational reads, watch a motivational movie or documentary or talk to someone in your profession who you look upto. A break doesn’t necessarily mean slacking off, it can be used to re-strategize and get back in the game.
Some motivational reads (I’ve tried to pick a wide array of books but there are many more to choose from):
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Ikigai – The Japanese Secret To a Long and Happy Life
- Wings of Fire by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Hope this list helps you. What are some things that you do when you find yourself lacking in motivation? Let me know in the comments below.
Stay safe and motivated! ❤
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