How to Prod Yourself Effectively
It happens to the best of us. Sometimes, the drive, energy, enthusiasm, interest and passion just drain out. The problem is, most of the time we are not calling the shots. We are forced to move with the rhythm of our environment. So what do you do in times when you just don't feel like doing anything? Or when too much needs to be done and all you ever want is to quit? Try the following:
Imagine the consequences. Worst comes to worst, you will lose the opportunities you are trying to pursue or lose your sense of enjoyment in life. When lacking in motivation, think of the worst case scenario that may happen because of it. Then, maybe, just maybe, you'll be in the mood to get off your butt.
Just begin. Quit the mental chatter. Quit the debate in your head. Quit the whiff-whaff of dialogues that push and pull you from doing whatever it is that you need to do. Realize that hesitation doesn't do you any good, it wastes your time at best. So why do it?
Stick with the plan. Given that you have already started going for your goal, the next problem you'll be encountering is sticking with it. It is never easy to stick with the plan because the temptation to give up or give in to the lures of rest, relaxation or slacking is too strong. No matter what happens though, just stick with it. Never, for one second, turn your back on your goals. Keep your eyes on them
Crave for it. Be passionate about what you are doing, even if it's the most boring, tedious job in the world.
Do it for compelling reasons. This is actually pretty much like the tip above, but it's worth repeating. Do it for a compelling cause. Do it because you are burning with passion for it. Do it because it really excites you. If it doesn't, then make it interesting. Motivation jumps out the nearest window if you don't have an iota of interest in what you are doing.
Be careful when listening to that tiny voice. The worst battles often happen inside the head, not during the act. What limits us in most cases is the self talk that convinces us of the negative sides of goal, of our self, or of our dreams. Shut this voice out and you will find it is easier to be motivated.
Skip the five-minute habit. The five minutes leading to doing the task is said to be the least comfortable of all. This is when hesitation kicks in. If you really want to be motivated, forget about this part and get on with doing the job.
Don't get overly excited. This is an absolute motivation killer. Many people commit the mistake of jumping right into the task. This is good save for the fact that excitement drains away with motivation. Manage your motivational level by trying to build up anticipation. Set a date, moderate your expectations, construct realizable goals, and sustain your energy. It is easier to get and stay motivated this way.