6 Simple Ways to Get Motivated Immediately

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It’s great when you feel motivated, isn’t it?

Sometimes, when you are truly motivated, completing the tasks on your to-do list and getting closer towards your goals feels so easy you don’t even realize you’re tired until after many hours of hard work.

Sometimes, when you’re really inspired, you seem to be able to accomplish in one day what normally would have taken you at least one week, if not more.

The problem is exactly this: feeling motivated is great, but it only happens…sometimes.

For most of the time, motivation is often just a mirage.

You usually struggle to complete what you have to do, which leaves no room for doing what you want to do.

More than once you’ve felt tired and angry at yourself for having wasted an entire day doing literally nothing.

“Why can’t I always feel motivated?” you ask yourself.

But here’s the thing: motivation is just an emotion, therefore it’s extremely fleeting, it comes and goes.

Like I said in a previous article, and like the truly productive and successful people know, you should never entrust your goals and your future success to motivation.

However, I do agree that feeling motivated is a big plus, and if there’s any way to increase it, even just a little, why not?

So let’s take a look at 6 ways you can get motivated quickly.

1. Don’t Be Such A Crybaby

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Yup, that’s right.

If you want to get motivated, the first thing to remember is that you’ve got to stop being a crybaby.

Stop whining and complaining about this and that.

“If only I had started learning ______ (any skill) when I was little… Now I’d definitely be proficient.”

“If only I were rich/talented/lucky/Superman/etc. ”

“Why can’t my boss/colleagues/friends/family be more supportive?”

“Why is everything so easy for them while I fail every time?”

Yeah, okay. Sorry for being harsh, but the world doesn’t give a damn.

You need to understand that always whining and complaining about things you can’t really control is useless, it’s futile. It only drains your energy.

You’re not a kid anymore, crying won’t get you any results.

Your life and your future successes are shaped by how you deal with the obstacles you face.

Stop whining, and you will start to feel different, to feel more energetic and happy.

You will be more inspired and productive. You won’t need to try so hard to get motivated.

Your life and your future successes are shaped by how you deal with the obstacles you face.

2. You Know What? See You Next Time.

Man in Black Jacket Talking on Phone decided to start without waiting to get motivated

Waiting for motivation to come to you is … not smart.

Why?

I don’t think there’s any need for explanation.

You actually already know the answer, because you’ve already experienced it countless times.

Here’s how it usually goes:

  1. “I should do ____, but right now I don’t feel like it”;
  2. “Oh my, look at the hour! Today I didn’t really feel like working on ____, I’ll do it tomorrow”;
  3. Repeat point 1 and 2 until Friday;
  4. “I still haven’t done ____, but this week has been really tiring, I couldn’t find the will and the energy to work on it. Now let’s enjoy the weekend, and Monday I’ll complete it for sure.”
  5. Repeat points 1-4.

The more you wait, the more you become tired and lazy, and the less likely you are to get motivated again.

Instead start anyway, and tell motivation “You know what? I’ll start without you. Catch up with me later, see ya.”

If you get into the habit of taking action even when you don’t feel motivation, you will:

  • Build your discipline;
  • Find it easier to keep going and complete every activity, thanks to the Zeigarnik Effect;
  • Be happy for completing the task, and because of that feel more motivated for the next one;
  • Become more productive.

3. Take Baby Steps

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Starting even when you don’t feel like it is great, but there’s one issue that might stop you from taking action:

You’ve been thinking too big. The task at hand is so huge that it’s scary to even think of working on it.

Here’s what to do about it: start small, really small.

For example: if you want to start reading a book, don’t immediately decide that you have to read 200 pages, instead commit to reading 2 pages. Just 2. There’s no way you can’t start.

Once you get used to it, you will slowly, but steadily, feel motivated to do more and more.

If you’re thinking “that’s way too little! How will I ever complete something if I take such small steps?” let me just say:

If you start small, you will eventually be able to make it big. But if you don’t even start small, you’ll never be able to get even close to achieving your goal.

Many people don’t want to start small, they want to start big right away, like they have to do so.

But then it feels so difficult that they give up. And the book (or any other activity, really) they had started one week/month/year ago is still there.

Don’t make the same mistake.

4. What’s In It For Me? What Do I Get?

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You know, sometimes we are so focused on how difficult a task is, that we forget about how good it will feel once we finish.

“What positive things will happen when I complete this task?”

Try to give an answer with 3 positive outcomes of getting your task done.

Thinking about the good things that will happen can make you a little excited, and more likely to feel motivated to start.

It’s simple, yet effective.

For example, if you have to clean your house, 3 positive outcomes could be:

  1. Once finished, I will be proud of myself for having finally done something that I absolutely didn’t feel like doing;
  2. A clean house will make me happier, because I cleaned all the mess that caused me stress;
  3. If my friends or family come over, I will make an extremely good impression.

5. Go Say “Hi” to Nature Around You

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Sometimes all we need is just a break from work.

Because when you are tired both mentally and physically, you are more likely to feel lazy.

If you feel lazy you won’t feel motivated, that’s for sure.

So the tasks pile up, and you feel even more tired and lazy because of the huge amount of things to do.

How to avoid that?

Go for a walk, preferably in a park, and enjoy the nature around you. The trees, the clouds, the sun, the wind…

This can relax you and refresh your mind very quickly and effectively.

Don’t have a single piece of green around you?

Don’t worry, just moving your body and walking in your office is still useful.

You don’t need to rest for long, all you need is to take a little break of as little as 5 minutes, so you can relax your body and, more importantly, your mind.

The more you work without a single pause, the more tiring it is for your brain and your body.

The more tired you are, the lazier you feel and the less motivated you are.

The less motivation you feel, the less productive you are. And on and on and on…

6. What Are You Moving Away From?

Woman with suitcase walking on empty road

Thinking about the positive outcomes of doing something might not be enough.

Sometimes it’s useful to remember the reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Ask yourself “What am I moving away from? What are the negative consequences if I continue like this and don’t get things done?”

This can be really motivating. Try it.

Some people believe that thinking about the negative consequences doesn’t work, because it makes you nervous and maybe scared of failure.

That’s not the right way to go about it.

Because the opposite is also true: thinking about the bad things that might happen if you procrastinate will give you motivation to work hard in order to avoid those consequences.

If in the end, for a reason or another, you do fail, don’t despair. Failing is part of the game, it’s totally ok. At least you tried your best.

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”

— Robert T. Kiyosaki, author of ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’

Still, It’s Just a Bonus

Now you know some strategies to help you feel motivated, but there’s one thing you mustn’t forget:

Motivation is just a bonus.

It is not essential for your success. It helps, a lot, but it’s not crucial.

Taking action is.

Therefore, while feeling motivated is great when working on tasks and pursuing your goals, you must know that you don’t have to wait for motivation.

You will have bad days where motivation just doesn’t show up no matter how much you desire it, but you will have to do what you have to do, regardless.

That said, the strategies shown above will help you reduce the amount of the “I don’t feel like it” moments, so you can accomplish more things and more easily.

Once you get into the habit of doing what you have to do regardless of how much motivation you have, you will begin, little by little, to feel more and more motivated. That’s really a great thing.

Because motivation is still a bonus, after all.

And bonuses are always welcome.

Which one of the strategies do you like more? What other methods do you use to feel motivated?

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