How to get motivated to go to work every single day

How to get motivated to go to work every single day

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How do I get motivated every single day? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Evan Asano, CEO & Founder: Mediakix.com, on Quora:

When I was younger, motivation was never an issue. I excelled at sports and school and just enjoyed the work and processes. I was always on; I was always motivated. After college, I started in medical research, but craved something faster paced and transferred to a job in sales.

Sales was new at first, and so I was excited to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. Then I started to learn a few things about sales. Most saliently: sales people are often stigmatized, and often unfavorably.

Salespeople are often perceived as being shallow, money driven, overly aggressive, and not smart enough to take on other roles at the company. Unfortunately, everyone’s had an experience with a bad salesperson, often through telemarketing or door-to-door sales. Some salespeople are taught bad habits like being overly aggressive and not taking no for an answer.

Because any given contact at a company may be approached by dozens of salespeople, they often categorize them all the same. So in a job in sales, whether you’re selling Bic pens or Boeing jets, you can expect people to ignore you, be demanding of you, and occasionally be flat-out rude to you.

Most people wouldn’t survive a day in a sales job because of the sheer amount of rejection one experiences. It’s just not in people’s DNA to cope with that.

I started to feel this stigma, and every perceived rejection started to hurt a bit more. I started to classify more and more of people’s responses as rejections. If you feel that the people you interact with on a daily basis don’t respect what you do and don’t want to talk with you then you’re not going to be motivated any day. If you don’t like your job in sales, you’re going to start to hate every minute of it because 95% of what you do in sales is sell.

Then at a sales meeting, one manager’s talk entirely changed how I perceived my job. He suggested that instead of selling something, we should look at it as providing value. It wasn’t just a transaction, but a product or service that would help the client do their job or work better. What we provided could help our clients excel. Since I worked in biotech and our clients were drug development firms (pharmaceuticals and biotechs), the products and services we were selling could ultimately help our clients create drugs to help people and save lives.

In an instant, my outlook changed. Selling something always felt selfish, that the primary motivation for it was in the interest of myself and the company I worked for, not the potential client. Providing value meant that my primary interest was solving my prospect’s problem and helping them. This epiphany changed every sales conversation I had after that and helps me to this day as CEO of the company I founded.

It may be easy to write off an answer about motivation from a CEO, as the CEO seems like the least likely person to have issues with motivation, but that’s far from the truth. Being the CEO means that in addition to worrying about all the company’s problems, everyone’s problems become your problems; that can be a heavy burden to bear. Without something to motivate me, it would be very hard to get out of bed in the morning. That thing that motivates me is building a business that provides real value to our employees and customers.

If you want to understand better how you can get motivated every single day, consider what value the work you do provides in the world and to whom. If you can create a life where what you do provides value to others and a sufficient income, then you’ve found fulfillment and the source of your motivation. If you’re not there yet, let that be the motivation that drives you: that there is something out there for you that when you find it, it will be intrinsically motivating and fulfilling.

I won’t claim a monopoly on this realization. There’s been a trend in sales in general to position sellers more as “sales consultants” than salespeople. They provide informative articles and tips and position themselves to be there when the prospects are evaluating a new product or service.

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How to get motivated to go to work every single day

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How do I get motivated every single day? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Evan Asano, CEO & Founder: Mediakix.com, on Quora:

When I was younger, motivation was never an issue. I excelled at sports and school and just enjoyed the work and processes. I was always on; I was always motivated. After college, I started in medical research, but craved something faster paced and transferred to a job in sales.

Sales was new at first, and so I was excited to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. Then I started to learn a few things about sales. Most saliently: sales people are often stigmatized, and often unfavorably.

Salespeople are often perceived as being shallow, money driven, overly aggressive, and not smart enough to take on other roles at the company. Unfortunately, everyone’s had an experience with a bad salesperson, often through telemarketing or door-to-door sales. Some salespeople are taught bad habits like being overly aggressive and not taking no for an answer.

Because any given contact at a company may be approached by dozens of salespeople, they often categorize them all the same. So in a job in sales, whether you’re selling Bic pens or Boeing jets, you can expect people to ignore you, be demanding of you, and occasionally be flat-out rude to you.

Most people wouldn’t survive a day in a sales job because of the sheer amount of rejection one experiences. It’s just not in people’s DNA to cope with that.

I started to feel this stigma, and every perceived rejection started to hurt a bit more. I started to classify more and more of people’s responses as rejections. If you feel that the people you interact with on a daily basis don’t respect what you do and don’t want to talk with you then you’re not going to be motivated any day. If you don’t like your job in sales, you’re going to start to hate every minute of it because 95% of what you do in sales is sell.

Then at a sales meeting, one manager’s talk entirely changed how I perceived my job. He suggested that instead of selling something, we should look at it as providing value. It wasn’t just a transaction, but a product or service that would help the client do their job or work better. What we provided could help our clients excel. Since I worked in biotech and our clients were drug development firms (pharmaceuticals and biotechs), the products and services we were selling could ultimately help our clients create drugs to help people and save lives.

In an instant, my outlook changed. Selling something always felt selfish, that the primary motivation for it was in the interest of myself and the company I worked for, not the potential client. Providing value meant that my primary interest was solving my prospect’s problem and helping them. This epiphany changed every sales conversation I had after that and helps me to this day as CEO of the company I founded.

It may be easy to write off an answer about motivation from a CEO, as the CEO seems like the least likely person to have issues with motivation, but that’s far from the truth. Being the CEO means that in addition to worrying about all the company’s problems, everyone’s problems become your problems; that can be a heavy burden to bear. Without something to motivate me, it would be very hard to get out of bed in the morning. That thing that motivates me is building a business that provides real value to our employees and customers.

If you want to understand better how you can get motivated every single day, consider what value the work you do provides in the world and to whom. If you can create a life where what you do provides value to others and a sufficient income, then you’ve found fulfillment and the source of your motivation. If you’re not there yet, let that be the motivation that drives you: that there is something out there for you that when you find it, it will be intrinsically motivating and fulfilling.

I won’t claim a monopoly on this realization. There’s been a trend in sales in general to position sellers more as “sales consultants” than salespeople. They provide informative articles and tips and position themselves to be there when the prospects are evaluating a new product or service.

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How to get motivated to go to work every single day

There are myriad psychology models and theories on what motivates us to do the things we do: how we respond to incentives, achievement theories, and so on.

I look at motivation as excitement. So how can you remain motivated in a simple way that works every single day? Here are 10 ways.

1. Take a break–you deserve it.

The only way we can perform at an optimal level is create time for rest. The moment you know you can’t take any time off is usually when you need it most.

So take that long delayed vacation, and return to your business with renewed enthusiasm.

2. Keep your cards close to your chest.

Finally running that marathon? Excited about your new diet? Bursting at the seams over your new project? Good. Keep it to yourself.

Announcing your intent to do these feats will backfire. Resist the urge to reap the barrage of Facebook likes, and gushing comments. The positive feedback you receive from your network will trick your brain into thinking you’ve already accomplished your goal, sabotaging your once-motivated brain to do said feat.

So keep it to yourself and share the good news once you’ve already done it.

3. Confront death, and define your legacy.

Death is a powerful motivator. We get bogged down in mindless activities. They make us feel like we’re accomplishing things, when in reality we’re just spinning in circles.

Knowing that you have finite time on this planet helps sharpen your focus. Everything we do is another step in defining our legacy. This may seem like heady posturing, but both can be powerful motivators.

4. Celebrate the little wins, no matter how small.

Little wins may seem like just that–little.

Celebrating these wins can help to create positive habits. You break the inertia of mediocrity by teaching everyone around you how to win. They get the chance to bask in that emotion.

Vishen Lakhiani, CEO of Mindvalley, has gone so far as implementing what he calls the “awesome bell.” Which he rings (you guessed it) anytime something awesome happens.

5. Slash your to-do list in half.

Slashing your aggressive to-do list in half will allow room for success. Knowing that it’s realistic for you to complete the list is empowering.

6. Be gentle with yourself.

Stop comparing the accomplishments in your life with those of your neighbor. The story you create in your head will never be as good, and the reality will never be as bad.

There are many people who are smarter than you. The moment you can embrace this notion, you’re free. Free to explore. Free to follow what excites you. Free to ignore what they do, or how they do it, and focus on you.

7. Hack the way your brain perceives your new habits.

Recently, I began waking up two hours earlier than usual during the week. Instead of viewing it as two hours less I get to sleep, I view it as two extra hours to my day, allowing me to add a full workday per week.

8. Embrace vulnerability.

We live in a culture where we horde Instagram followers, and Facebook likes. The perception of our lives being anything less than perfect is a daunting notion. The glossy Facebookification of our lives can create a dangerous facade of success.

Sharing defeats and admitting failure is a powerful cultivator of motivation, allowing you to move past the failure. Work through the emotion instead of taking it out on someone else. Then move on to something more constructive.

Sharing these vulnerable moments also cultivates deeper connection with peers.

9. Do what you love (sort of).

Find what it is you love to do and get proficient at it. Success dwells at the fulcrum of passion and excellence.

But be careful. Make sure that you can make a living from your passion. I’m passionate about a lot of things that I know I’m not so amazing at and that I definitely can’t make a living at. I love playing guitar. My daughter loves when I play songs from the movie Frozen. It’s fun. I’m never going to be a rock star.

10. Focus.

There is a an anecdote I’ve heard about Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Gates’s father at a dinner party. A guest asked them what the most important quality for success was today and all three responded “Focus” at the same exact time. They all smiled and laughed to each other because they hadn’t really prepared the answer.

We are all inundated with texts and emails. These are no longer just work interruptions. Because of the mini-computers we carry around in our pockets, the flood of information distracts us wherever we happen to be, 24/7.

So turn off your iPhone, stop trolling your ex-lover’s Facebook page, and get to work.

To stay motivated every single day, you need to have that feeling of being motivated like a habit in you. To make that into a habit, there are two strategies you need to work one. The long term and the short term strategy.

Long Term Strategy: Think of your life. Imagine every single thing you have achieved in your life, accomplished in your life or even the ones you were barely able to complete but eventually did it. Now put all that in a circle. No matter who you are, that circle is finite with a certain size. The idea here is that circle needs to be growing every single day, every single moment of your life. So if till yesterday, you were able to do a plank for 60 second, it has to be 61 seconds at least today. If your last best was running 4 miles, today you have to make it anything more than that.

Fast forward 6 month, the things which were impossible for you even 6 months back are not just in your reach but many of them are a cake walk for you. You are stronger. You have grown as a person. This realization will further push you to achieve new feats.

Short Term Strategy: Get out of your comfort zone in everything you have been doing.

You get lazy every day and end up ordering food, which is unhealthy and expensive. Start cooking.

Put your alarm at that time when you wouldn’t be hitting snooze anymore. You can also try the NASA strategy. Whenever you feel like you are going to procrastinate something, count 5 4 3 2 1. As if a rocket is being launched. And start doing whatever you were avoiding. Believe me it works.

Take cold showers. There is enough material available online to tell you the benefits of it.

As soon as you wake-up, I have a rough outline of what you are getting done today. Stick to it as much possible.

Rewind your day before you go to sleep. All the good things you did today, pat yourself for them. Reward yourself. Don’t bother about the ones which didn’t go your way. It’s a fight for another day.

Keep doing such small things, it will be a habit one day and you won’t need to put in effort to motivate yourself anymore.

How to get motivated to go to work every single day

Are you wondering…

  • How do I get motivated to go to work?
  • How do I stay motivated at work?
  • I have no motivation to work anymore
  • How do you get motivated when depressed?

If so, here are some simple tips you can use right now.

START HERE

The most important thing you need to understand about how motivation works is this:

You will always move towards what you define as being more “pleasurable” and…

You will always move away towards what you define as being more “painful”.

The keyword here is define.

The way human psychology works is that once we create a set of beliefs about what we like and don’t like (or agree with or don’t agree with), they run on autopilot.

When you entered into this world, you have been making decisions each day about what you define as being pleasurable and define as being painful.

Once you make those decisions, you file them away and move along your life and everything you come upon in life gets filtered through those beliefs and they become habits.

You never need to “find” motivation to eat your favorite foods or watch your favorite shows.

At some point you made the decision that you loved those things and now you are always automatically going to do those things habitually without hesitation or even thinking about it.

They run on autopilot and you don’t have to “find motivation” to do them.

So if you are not motivated to work right now it’s because you have defined that as being more “painful” than “pleasurable”.

And this…

“What you resist persists” – Carl Jung

What this quote basically means is that anything you avoid or put off will just get bigger and louder.

You cannot avoid life.

You cannot avoid your self.

You cannot avoid personal responsibility.

If something is there, it is there for a reason.

It is there to send you a signal and say, “Hey, you need to look at this and do something about it.”

You must face it otherwise the issue will just continue to cause you pain.

What many people fail to realize is that any challenge that presents itself in your life is there to serve you as an opportunity to learn and grow.

However, if you avoid the issue by procrastinating, it becomes your burden.

So stop avoiding your responsibilities, step up and face them, and become the better version of yourself now.

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How to get motivated to go to work every single day

What does motivation mean in your life? Is it so when you have no motivation, you struggle and find it difficult to leave your bed? Is it so that motivation is the only fuel which keeps you busy all day, helps you to plan your day? If yes, then admit it that motivation is elusive for you. Why do you feel a necessity to get motivated every day? You should have an inner urge to live a day up to its full worth.

Motivation can come in the form of a passion too. Often it is seen people who are passionate for some things, some hobbies, art, book reading, touring, they plan their day or month, or a year, so that they can find time for their passion. So it can be said passion is the best type of motivation.

Instead, here are a few steps you may follow to get motivated each day.

1.Focus on present
It is seen that people often lose motivation in their life because either they are hanging to the past or they are calculating for the future. Overthinking makes you passive in your work. Mind is a complex tool. When it is loaded with over contemplation, it is absorbed in planning all the time but the outcome is the zero.

Cut off from the past, let bygone be bygone. If you don’t have control over the happenings in your life or you cannot plan for your future, why to fret for it? Remember the more you tune inward, stay in present, the easier it becomes to keep yourself happy and motivated.

2. Discover your power
Explore yourself. Everyone is unique in himself. You must possess some interests, some unique intellect and some unique talent which can keep you motivated. This is going to be your power if you work on it. Power is strength and it brings confidence.
By recognizing who you are, what you offer, and what you want in life, you can get a key which can open the entire closed doors to the hidden success. Though acquiring power is not easy, it takes time and practice.

3. Set goals

A person without goals is like a rolling stone which gets a halt nowhere. Just answer yourself how you can expect a motivation in your life if you don’t have any goal in your life.
When there is a lack of clear goal in one’s life, it feels like work has turned to be futile with no payoff. If you want to live in a state of motivation, you need to live, spend each moment that leads to the next moment towards your goal.

Even if you are completely unemployed, you have nothing to do all day, get any forced goal of the day like spending time with family, or visiting a friend, reading a book, writing, recreation etc.

Divide your months in weeks with some set goals, and divide your week in days similarly divide your day into hours. In this way, every hour comes with a fixed motivation. Think big goals and then divide it into fractions.

4. Reflect
Reflect; contemplate with yourself at the end of each day, each week, each month, and each year. Introspection done positively not only improves your self-awareness, but it also helps you to keep yourself fixed to the purpose of life. The ultimate motivator is inside you. You don’t need any outer motivation.

Monitor your progress. Count your days well spent. As you reflect more and more, pay attention to your progress you become more systematic. The fact is when you lack motivation in your life it means you have become unsystematic in your life. Short-term goals serve as fuel to long-term goals. They ensure you that you’re headed the right direction.

5. Hard Work
There’s no substitute for hard work. Whatever work you have in hand give your 100% to it. Never shirk work. Hard-working people can never sit idle.

If you really want to get motivated, push a bit extra in you and you will find it was a productive day.

This is not going to be a post about you being lazy and needing to run 10 miles on the treadmill stat. We are not talking about working out in the form of weight loss here. I know how it feels to be stuck in an unmotivated rut, wanting to get some exercise, but not being able to. Habits are hard to create and stick to, but today we’re going to talk about how to get motivated to work out even when you don’t feel like it. I just want you to always remember: exercise is not a punishment.

1. Do Less

This may seem counterproductive to some, but trust me on this. When people get started on working out, they try to do too much too soon. I get it, you feel great! Surely you can run these 5 miles with no issue or lift heavy weights. Then, the next day you wake up in unbearable pain and have to rest from working out for a few days. There goes your motivation again. When you start a new routine, it’s important to start by doing very little to ease yourself into it. If you haven’t run before, start with walking for 20 minutes at a brisk pace. Don’t just do this for one day, but up to two weeks! Get your body into the habit of moving around.

After some time, you can start incorporating some light jogging until eventually you’ll be running 5K races! This works just as well for going to the gym. Start with light dumbbells and get some movement in your body. It’s important to realize that exercising is not about losing weight or having 6 pack abs. It’s about keeping the body strong and healthy so you can life a happier and healthier life.

2. Join a Fun Class

I personally find it motivating to work out when there’s a class I have to attend, especially if I had to sign up for it. Knowing I signed up and made the commitment usually helps motivate me to actually go. Classes are also a great way to do something fun and meet new people! Most gyms have tons of classes you can take, most are usually included in your membership! Try new classes out and find the ones that are the most enjoyable for you. Maybe it’s spin, or a new Zumba class! Finding joy in exercising is key to having the motivation to work out. If you dread going to a class or lifting weights at the gym, you’re less likely to go.

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3. Get a Work Out Buddy

For some people, it’s easier to exercise when you have a friend there with you! This is a great opportunity to not only get some movement in, but enjoy quality time with someone you care about. You can go for a run together, join a hot yoga class on a Friday or maybe just do some light weights at the gym. It doesn’t matter what you do, when you’re with someone you enjoy spending your time with, whatever you are doing it that much more fun. It’s even better if you make it a weekly schedule, like every Sunday you guys go to a yoga class and then have some brunch!

4. Sign Up For an Event

Nothing kicks your butt in gear than actually signing up for something! I used to sign up for races to run months ahead of time because I’d have to start training for it! You can sign up for walks, runs, or even obstacle courses. Knowing you have this major event where people will be cheering you on can motivate you to work out more before the event to prepare for it. This Summer, I ran a tough mudder and wasn’t totally prepared for it. It was so much fun and I was part of a team so that kept me going. Next year, I want to do it again, but be stronger and actually be able to run up the half pipe the first couple of tries instead of the 8th try. Never again.

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5. Create an Amazing Playlist

Music is an amazing tool to boost your emotions, so why not use it to motivate yourself to workout? Sign up for a membership with Pandora or Spotify that allows you to create your own playlists. Browse some music and choose the ones you find the most fun and motivating. Now, every time you want to exercise but don’t have the motivation, just stay right where you are, on the couch or bed, and just listen to your playlist. Do nothing else. Listening to these songs will start to amp you up to spring off the couch and get working out!

This works best after a you’ve been using the same playlist for your workouts. I used to have this specific playlist I would listen to when I would cycle outside on a trail. Now, every time I hear the songs on the radio or a Pandora station, I immediately feel like going for a ride! How crazy is that? You start to associate these songs with your workouts and can actually trick yourself into wanting to do it.

Be Kind to Yourself

You don’t need to work out every single day at the highest intensity. It’s okay if you miss a day or just want to take a break. Don’t expect immediate results with any exercise you start doing. Treat fitness as something fun you GET to do, not something you HAVE to do. Every day is a new opportunity to get your body moving with some easy walking, or some running if you’re ready. Each day you can choose if you want to try something new like a group fitness class or just do some light yoga in your bedroom. The movement we provide our bodies is to improve our physical and mental health, and your physical appearance should not be the focus. It doesn’t mean it’s wrong to want six pack abs or toned arms! It’s just important to focus on things that really matter, and treat those as a by-product of working out.

If you keep this mindset, you’ll find yourself wanting to work out more because it’s no longer about something that may some unattainable for yourself (like a flat belly) but more about how you FEEL. Enjoy the fact that you have the ability to move your body and take full advantage of it! 20 years from now, your body will thank you!

What are some ways you motivate yourself to work out? Let me know in the comments!

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    “How Do I Get Motivated Every Single Day?” (Quora)

    How to get motivated to go to work every single dayMichael Laitman, On Quora: “How do I get motivated every single day?“

    We humans are different to animals in that our dreams, visions, goals and targets motivate us to strive more than merely living in order to survive.

    Getting motivated every day to realize one’s goals requires organizing for oneself an environment that consistently upholds the importance of such goals.

    However, it is important to clarify the goals one exerts for, since many goals end up failing to provide lasting fulfillment and happiness.

    How to get motivated to go to work every single day

    The ultimate goal in life is achieving total balance with nature through positive human connection.

    When we reach such a mode of connecting to each other, with altruistic thoughts, desires and actions in the midst of our connections, we will experience a new kind of happiness—one that does not dissipate, but which is eternal, since we would reach what Kabbalah calls “equivalence of form” with nature’s altruistic form.

    Therefore, similarly to how we motivate ourselves to achieve other goals in life, achieving connection in order to balance with nature requires a supportive environment of like-minded people who share a similar desire to reach this eternal fulfillment. Also, they should regularly show encouragement and examples to each other of efforts to rise above the human egoistic nature, which separates us, and enter the altruistic nature, which connects us.

    We will then start experiencing our incapability and unpreparedness for such a state, as we start detecting how our entire being is anti-altruistic, aimed solely at our personal benefit.

    Therefore, our motivation to continue and make a breakthrough from our egoistic, self-centered nature to balance with the altruistic mode of nature, depends on the support, encouragement, confidence and activity that we develop in a supportive environment that aims at such a goal.

    How to get motivated to go to work every single day

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    How to get motivated to go to work every single day

    We all experience a work slump from time to time. Sometimes it’s just a case of the blahs, when we feel disconnected and indifferent to our projects and not motivated to achieve our goals. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re down because we’ve been robotically going through the motions of work and life.

    Has every day become a rinse and repeat of the last? Have lost your zest for what you’re doing? Do you feel unsatisfied, but can’t quite pinpoint why? If so, you might be in a slump.

    Stop yawning, put your coffee mug down and decide it’s time to put a stop your workday blues. Here’s how you can kick your rut to the curb.

    1. Determine why you’re struggling.

    The first step to getting your work mojo back is to consider what might have prompted your slump in the first place. Can you pinpoint when you first started feeling “off” and what might have triggered the downturn?

    Often, career ruts are caused by feeling complacent or bored by what you’re doing. Once you’ve mastered your role at work, it may stop feeling exciting and interesting. Or perhaps you’re feeling burned out because you’ve overextended yourself. Is there something going on outside of work that is distracting you (either positively or negatively)?

    Another issue may be that you no longer take pleasure in what you’re doing. Pay attention to what your gut says and how you react to different situations — this may clue you in on what’s behind your slump.

    2. Get off the hedonic treadmill.

    Even people who are working in jobs they like and excel at can find themselves in an extended lull at times. This may be due to a naturally occurring phenomenon called “hedonic treadmill” or “hedonic adaptation.” This phenomenon happens when we get used to things, even the things we consider great and wonderful in our lives.

    As Tim Bono, lecturer in psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has said, “Someone who loves chocolate will grow tired of eating it after a while if chocolate is the only thing they have to eat every single day, day after day.” The same is true for anything in life, including a job you initially loved and felt excited about, but that now feels routine and humdrum.

    If this is the case, consider ways to rotate through things that you enjoy. Mix things up. Look for new ways to engage your mind and make things interesting, even if you are still doing the same basic tasks.

    3. Return to what inspires you.

    Breaking a slump happens when you rekindle your motivation; when you feel excited about something and look forward to accomplishing a goal. Inspiration can be the key to motivation.

    Are there activities or interests that energize you or spark your creativity? For some people, it’s engaging with art or music. Others find inspiration in nature, such as taking a long walk in a shady park or sitting beside the ocean.

    Still others are energized by the hustle and bustle of a busy city, getting lost in the crowds and feeling humanity all around. Whatever ignites you, make time for it in your daily schedule.

    4. Make a motivational vision board.

    Another powerful tool to help you feel inspired is to create a vision board. This will help you visualize and focus on the things that are most important to you and your future.

    Think about your intentions and goals in life. What do you want? What do you value? Do a mental scan of your career, finances, relationships, personal growth and health. What do you want each of those areas to look like in the future? How do you want to feel when you accomplish those goals?

    Select images that represent those desires — these should be pictures that resonate with you and invoke the feeling or state of mind that you connect with those goals. You can cut up magazines or find pictures online — Pinterest may be a helpful place to start. Paste or tape these images onto a poster board or large sheet of paper. Then display it where you will see it frequently, so it becomes a regular visual reminder of your core values.

    5. Identify the thing you’ve been avoiding.

    Work slumps can crop up when the strategies you once used to produce results are no longer effective. This may be an indication that you’re avoiding something that’s bothering you, and this is holding you back and impeding your workflow.

    Perhaps you have a decision you need to make, but have been putting it off. Or you might be sidestepping a difficult situation, like confronting your boss about something, dealing with a problematic employee or owning up to a mistake you made. It could even be that you simply aren’t happy in your current job, but you’re putting off looking for a new one.

    The more you try to dodge these troublesome issues, the more they will weigh you down. Stop evading. You must confront this obstacle and take action. It’s the only way to move past your rut.

    6. Shock your system.

    Slumps can come from getting in a rut that has become set in stone. You become comfortable with the way things are and you stop pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If that’s the case, it’s time to shake things up!

    You can start by changing one part of your routine every day. Get up at the break of dawn and go for a run. Go to a farmers market instead of the grocery store to buy your fruits and veggies. Liven up your workspace by bringing in some new decor or moving your office furniture around.

    Try doing something radically different at least once a week. Take a new class or try a new hobby. Do something that scares you a little. Go on that roller coaster you’d normally never ride. Start conversations with strangers. The point is to make every day unique by doing away with boring and humdrum routines.

    7. Take a mental health day.

    There are times when the stress and pressures of life just pile up. The result of being chronically overwhelmed is a slump where you just don’t feel like you can handle anything. This is a clear indication that you need a break.

    Taking a mental health day is similar to calling in sick when you have a cold or the flu. It’s a crucial part of self-care, giving yourself a chance to rest and recharge. This is time you should be using for stress relief and burnout prevention. It’s a break from the noise and confusion of daily life.

    If you’re taking a mental health day, it’s important that you actually do things that will help you relax and feel restored. That may mean a day spent in your pajamas binge-watching Netflix. Or getting a massage, practicing gratitude or doing yoga and stretching. It can mean spending time with a friend or loved one. Just remember to pick something that will provide tension relief and avoid doing things that stress you out.

    Today is the day. It’s time to make the most out of your life: and that means, it’s time to learn how to get motivated.

    There are no second chances.

    So if you’ve been feeling lazy, down, procrastinating – whatever. Enough – it’s time to break out of your motivational funk.

    How To Get Motivated Today: 7 Tips

    #7 Find Your Mantra

    A mantra doesn’t have to be long – it just needs to get you excited.

    When you’re tired, lazy, slacking – it’s those few words that remind you what matters to you and get you to take action.

    • “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
    • The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
    • I am the master of my own destiny
    • “I can accept failure but I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

    My mantra when I find myself spinning my wheels? Value your time.

    Everyone has their own life to live, and I can’t tell your what your mantra is – but I bet you probably already have something in mind.

    #6 – Remember Your Peak Moments

    I used to call this being in the zone, but I much prefer the terminology from Find Your Great Work: peak moments.

    These are moments of triumph and they remind me who I am, what I am about – and why I am chasing my unique goals.

    “A peak moment is a time when you felt you were at the top of your game […]

    Your Peak Moment connects you with that time when you felt most fulfilled, most stretched, most present[…] a moment of insight where you say: yes this is something to remember, this is a moment of me at my most essential, me at my most authentic and best.”

    If you’re not at your best right now – try to remind yourself of the times you were, and use that to fuel you.

    #5 Get Active.

    There is SO MUCH research out there about the benefits of exercise – including boosting your mood.

    When you don’t exercise, not only will your fitness suffer: but your other goals suffer as well.

    For me personally, my work sessions after running, high-energy workout music and a refreshing shower are some of the best work I’ll do all day.

    You don’t need to understand all the science: what you need to know is if you’re in a funk, and really hitting a wall with your work – you may be better off stepping away for a moment.

    Take a break and running, walk or stretch for half an hour – you’ll come back refreshed and ready to work. It’s one of the easiest ways I’ve learned for how to get motivated – and help my health at the same time.

    #4 – Motivate Yourself Daily.

    Motivation builds upon itself.

    What do you think is easier:

    1. Motivating yourself after an unproductive day, week or month
    2. Motivating yourself after a string of successes, each better than the last?

    Of course it’s easier to be motivated when things are already going your way.

    So why not start each day with some momentum?

    Set your homepage to this motivational start page.

    You’ll be reminded daily about how to to get motivated and keep moving forward towards your goals.

    No Motivation = Fail

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    #3 Remember This Moment Is Precious

    Dont know how to get motivated, even when you know needs to be done?

    Your minutes, hours and days come around one time – and it’s up to you to live the life you want, right now.

    Each moment of your life is important – remind yourself of that, and feel the motivation build inside you

    #2 Don’t Let The Slump Start

    It’s the little things that lead to a motivational slump.

    It’s skipping one workout to hang out with friends, then two.

    By the next week, in the back of my mind you are already rationalizing why today is a bad day for the gym – there is so much momentum working against me that it’s hard to get started again.

    Don’t fall into that trap.

    When you see yourself falling into the same old routines….

    Take action right away, no matter how small the victory, and use that momentum for further tasks.

    #1 Get Off The “Failure Treadmill”

    No Motivation = Fail

    Lack of motivation: #5 of the 7 Reasons People Fail. Read Now: The 7 Reasons People Fail

    But you know what’s more?

    Once people have started to fail, it gets harder to get motivated – often until they hit rock bottom and have nowhere to go but up.

    So if you find yourself in a toxic cycle of failure – you’ve got to break out of it.

    You need to start getting some small wins – so you can feel the benefits of taking action in your life.