Motivation can be difficult to come by, luckily I have discovered some powerful habits to help you succeed. These highly researched habits are proven and I use them every day! With that said, I see no reason why they won’t work for you as well! First, you have to have to be willing to stop at nothing to reach your goals. If you start with that ‘CAN DO’ attitude, the rest is a walk in the park. Just because there is a lack of motivation, doesn’t mean your inner beast is not trying to bust out. You just need to find a way to release it free. You will learn right now how to discover and unleash your inner BEAST. Use these 4 motivational tactics to take control of your life and help work towards conquering your goals!
Ever feel like you are in desperate need of motivation on a daily basis? Wouldn’t it be nice to finally fulfill a dream that you always had in mind or take your dream to the next level?
If you answered NO to those questions, this article is not for you. Good talk, I won’t waste your time, go watch TV or something.
If YES was your first thought, keep reading! You’ll be on your way to channeling your inner motivation vibes to the surface!
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful” – Eric Thomas
If this sounds like you, we’re going to tackle the lack of motivation right here, right now!
Enough With The Excuses
It’s time to motivate and figure out what is holding you back. Use these 4 proven techniques to uncover your underlying reasons for that lack of motivation and break free from whatever is holding you back.
2. Fail To Succeed
3. Live A Healthy Lifestyle
4. Discover the Power of Music
Finding new ways to get and stay motivated will only improve your performance. This is what keeps life exciting and these simple tactics are a sure fire way to light that fire under your butt.
Also, check out my post on 10 Of The Best Success and Motivation Books to keep you inspired.
Take action now! Not tomorrow, next week or as your new year’s resolution. Unless you are actually reading this on January 1st. Get up, get moving and drop the pity party. Truthfully, no one cares to hear why your life is horrible and why you always seem to have bad luck.
You create your own luck, the harder you work the luckier you’ll get. Funny how that works out.
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1. You Have To Believe
Is it possible that you are not motivated because you don’t even believe in yourself?
No matter what your dream is, you have to believe in yourself and have an ongoing positive attitude about life. There will be many obstacles along the way, this is part of the journey and without a journey, there is no success.
I once was a person who was afraid to succeed, always filling my head with negative thoughts. Always asking myself, why everything was going against me? Why me?
Does this sound familiar? Almost like I just stole a page from your own book. I think the problem is more common than you think.
The Law Of Attraction
It wasn’t until I discovered The Law of Attraction, which in simple terms is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on. This was a game changer and really opened up the doors of how I began to motivate myself. I threw out all self-doubt and any negative thoughts I had was now a thing of the past. Taking an oath with myself, that from here on out I will focus on the positive. If something negative comes about, I will remind myself I can control the outcome and view it as a positive. Heck, the negative event was most likely caused by my own skewed perception anyway. The results were eye-opening, it’s was almost magical and instantly things started to change for the better.
Having a lot of self-inflicted stress and not realizing it was meaningless was taking over my life. I am sure this is a similar scenario in your life as well, you worry too much about the small stuff and eventually letting them build into bigger problems.
Learning to control this aspect of my life, I could now focus better, was excited to tackle any task and not let the small stuff bother me. This was all possible because I believed that nothing was going to stop me. The Law of Attraction laid the foundation for the positive vibes and it was a ripple effect from that point on.
Try it yourself, yes right now!
Whatever negative thought you have or had in the past, throw it out. From here on out think positive and it will attract positivity into your life. Once you have ‘The Law of Attraction’ mentality, you will finally be able to believe in yourself.
This is the number one motivating factor that is forever lasting throughout life. It will not only get you started, but it will be a constant reminder that you can do this! Think positive, think positive, think positive….. seriously, repeat that to yourself every time a negative thought enters your head. Change the way you think and you will change your future.
2. You Have To Fail To Succeed
Failing is the key to learning. If you already know it all, you would never fail and everything you touched would turn to gold. Alright, maybe not literally, we are not in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, but you get my point. You probably wouldn’t have even come across this post in the first place, simply cause you already know-it-all.
Get the picture…..take a break, you know it all. HA! My corny humor.
That is not reality. Failing is part of life, seriously, there are so many successful people in our culture that have continuously failed and have turned out to make the world a better place. Here are 3 solid examples;
1. Walt Disney
There is probably not a person on the globe that doesn’t know the name, Disney. He created Mickey Mouse, Disney World and produced over 600 animated movies. This all came with a giant imagination and many failures along the way.
- He was told his mouse idea was horrible.
- Fired from a newspaper due to lack of creativity.
- In 1921 he started a company called the Laugh-O-Gram Corporation, which went bankrupt 2 years later.
2. Steve Jobs
- He was a college dropout.
- Fired in his executive position.
- Failed to launch NeXT Hardware.
Steve Jobs was a college dropout and even got fired from the company he helped create. Apple Inc. is one of the most valuable companies in America by market capitalization.
Jobs struggles are truly inspiring, they put meaning to failing and never giving up.
As you can see this never stopped Jobs from making sure his dreams were fulfilled. In a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, Jobs covered some of his life failures and how it paved the way to success. He recalled that dropping out of college left him with time to take a calligraphy class, which later would form the typography aesthetic of the first Mac.
“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do,” he said in the commencement speech.
Being fired from his own company was one of the greatest things he explained in the speech.
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
Eventually, Jobs found a way to return to the company, with the leverage of NeXT hardware giving him the power of becoming CEO. Apple Inc. is now a company that is known worldwide, inventing products that most of us rely on for our daily activities. Which I’m sure you are all familiar with the brand and the products. I am writing this article on a Mac right now, my iPhone is sitting right next to me and of course, since I’m an apple addict my iPad is charging in another room. Thanks, Steve Jobs and all others involved, you have changed the world of technology.
Take Away from Steve Jobs is that he is a man to look up to, a daily inspiration, a motivating factor to the world and his story will be told for many years to come. You should absorb his failures and see that the path to success is not a straight line.
3. J.K. Rowling
Starting out as a single mother on welfare, she becomes one of Britain’s wealthiest women and of course the creator of a magical wizard Harry Potter. Yes, I’m all aboard the train to Hogwarts and the magic that she created with this series.
This rags to riches story is a true inspiration. How can you not be motivated seeing how in 5 years she went from living on state benefits to being a multi-millionaire? Transformation is an understatement, and it shows anything is possible.
Rowling became an international bestselling author of the Harry Potter series. In a 2008 Harvard Commencement Address, she cast light upon everyone listening on that day. After watching the speech online, I was pumped and it really hit home. I wanted to share a part that really stood out.
Rowling talks about the benefits of failure.
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
Returning to what truly mattered in life, eliminating the inessentials and focusing on her goals, Rowling realized, that was the motivation she needed to succeed.
Seriously, if you have not watched her speech you can view it HERE, after my article of course. Check out the cool little Infographic I made below, cut me some slack it was my first. Any pointers or tips defiantly send them my way!
Case Study: The Facts
In “The Importance of Failure” economist Steven Horwitz and Jack Knych state,
“Failure drives change. While success is the engine that accelerates us toward our goals, it is failure that steers us toward the most valuable goals possible. Once failure is recognized as being just as important as success in the market process, it should be clear that the goal of a society should be to create an environment that not only allows people to succeed freely but to fail freely as well.”
Embrace your failures, do not be embarrassed to admit that you are wrong. With each mistake learn how to improve for the future and adjust your process towards your current goal. No one and I’m telling you NO ONE, has the perfect road map written out on ‘How To Succeed’. You must be true to yourself and learn through trial and error. It’s great to learn from others and your own mistakes. It enforces growth and paves the way to training your brain that failing is natural and should be a motivating factor to drive your success.
3. You Have To Live A Healthy Lifestyle
Far too often you feel lethargic, have the Monday blue and just can’t channel the focus needed to accomplish any task at hand.
Does this sound like you?
If you are not healthy, you already are setting yourself up for a lack of motivation.
Yes, you know that you should be eating healthy and exercising almost daily to maintain your health. Yet you tend to ignore all the information that scientist have discovered and continuously reach for the junk food while sitting in front of the TV Netflixing. This is simply explained in layman’s terms, in my opinion, as the easy way out or just being lazy and unaware. No one ever said creating great success, achieving any goal, or fulfilling your dreams was going to be easy.
Being unhealthy is a huge contributing factor to why there is a lack of motivation in your life.
Case Study: The Facts
A study published, Does a junk food diet make you lazy? Psychology study offers answer.
Life scientists led by UCLA’s Aaron Blaisdell, put 32 rats on two different diets. The first half was put on a healthy diet of unprocessed foods. The rest of them were given a diet that was high sugar and highly processed
Surprise, guess who came out healthy after 3 months into the 6-month study?
You guessed it, the rats that were fed the healthy diet. I don’t think you needed a scientist to tell you the result of that question. But more importantly, you do need to hear that the rats on the unhealthy diet were less motivated, indicating that a poor diet had a serious impact on their brains. Now that you know for a fact that eating unhealthy has a direct impact on your focus, make a change towards healthy.
Give It A Try
Try your own experiment, see if you feel better mentally and physically. Adopt a healthy diet and add some exercise into your daily routine. Does it make you feel better after a week, a month, whatever length of time?
Your health habits could be the one thing that is holding you back. Yielding a positive outcome could essentially help you change the direction of your life for the better. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle go further than mental clarity, It’s your life as a whole you are improving.
I did this exact experiment and cut all processed foods out of my life for one week and spent anywhere from 30-60 minutes at the gym 4 days a week. It only took me 1 week of cutting processed food out to realize the clarity that I was missing. The results were amazing after just one week of no sugar and processed foods. I felt like the fog was lifted from my brain and I could accomplish any task. It defiantly is something that was not easy, sugar is like a drug and you definitely withdrawal from the sweet stuff. The cravings were tense for a few days. But after that, fresh fruits and veggies were actually satisfying and had a total different taste of sweetness.
Tip: Exercise helped keep my mind off wanting sugar.
Magic or Science?
This was not magic, it’s science and its how our bodies are supposed to function. The Clarity came from the change in diet, 4 days of exercise in my case was not an instant fix. That is something that has to be approached as a lifestyle change and worked in your daily routine. Exercise helps, but for sure needed more than 4 days to get the full benefits.
Of course, I enjoy the guilty pleasures of life. I found a balance of what works for me when it comes to eating healthy and exercising. I still enjoy some sugar, but with moderation in mind and created a workout plan that works for me.
NOTE: I am not a doctor, trainer or anyone you should be taking medical advice from. These are just my experiences with this experiment. Please consult with your doctor before taking on any exercise or diet change.
This is something you have to discover on your own. Of course, with the help of your doctor. Your doctor may give you a plan to follow, but you have to take action and follow the plan to see results. But I promise you if you change your unhealthy habits with healthy ones you will be able to accomplish more than you can imagine. That’s only logical, eat healthy, exercise and take care of your body. It will thank you in the long run.
4. You Have To Discover The Power Of Music
Not feeling in the groove?
Break out your favorite playlist and crank up the tunes!
This is a simple, but an effective way to channel your inner energy. I do this on a daily basis and it gets the positive vibes flowing. I know that playing the music that makes me feel good, will trigger my focus and boost my mood. It’s like that morning jolt of caffeine, for all you coffee drinkers, which includes myself.
Try it out, put on your headphones and turn up the music to your favorite song/playlist and feel the energy (of course to a safe volume).
Does it energize you?
The results I get are amazing. I feel happy, energized and instant motivation builds. I feel like I can conquer the world! How does it make you feel?
Case Study: The Facts
There is not one specific song or playlist that works for everyone. It is an emotional response that is individually tailored and you have to use trial and error to find what triggers you. An article published by Christopher Bergland in Psychology Today talks about The Neuroscience of Music, Mindset, and Motivation.
“You can dial up a mood, mindset or perception on demand by choosing music that elicits a specific emotional response in you. As an athlete, I developed an ideal mindset for peak performance and used an arsenal of time-tested songs to fortify this alter ego and invincible state of mind. During my training and races it became obvious that even in really horrible weather conditions, or when I was physically suffering, that I could use music (and my imagination) to create a parallel universe that had little to do with reality. I used music to stay optimistic and see the glass as perpetually half-full while doing ultra-endurance races.”
Music is a powerful tool, so tune into your go-to energy boosting playlist to get amped up and smash your goals today! I know I’m going to be doing it shortly after I wake up. On a side note, the song that gets me going as I write this article is Marshmello ft. Bastille: Happier.
CALL TO ACTION
Now that I have covered 4 motivational habits and you are on your way to channeling your lack of motivation.
Take this opportunity to: believe in yourself, don’t be afraid to fail, get healthy and crank up the music.
Enjoy life, but at the same time do your best and most complete work along the way whatever that is.
You have the power to succeed and seeking the right motivation is just the start. I can see you conquering the world already! I know you can do it, heck if I can do it anyone can. Believe in yourself, my friend. Move forward with determination!
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Check out my post 10 Of The Best Success and Motivation Books to keep you inspired.
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