How often do you put things off, delay working on your dreams, and procrastinate on your goals because there is always a “tomorrow”? Do you find yourself delaying the inevitable because you believe you have more than enough time? If you are someone who always procrastinates, wait for tomorrow and put things off, you must read this article right now and get motivated today.
Here are 10 unique ways to gradually get motivated today without causing chaos in your day-to-day life.
Break Free From Your Past
A lot of people are stuck in life today because they allow their past to haunt them chain them from moving forward. They fear to take action because they have tried and failed before. They don’t dare to set goals and dream again because they can’t break free from their past. Always remember this; your past does not equal your future. Whatever has happened, you can’t change it and more importantly, never let your past determine your future.
If you try something and fail, it does not mean that you will fail again in the next attempt. Of course, you must improve your strategy and then try again. Just like a toddler learning to walk. She will fall down, but that does not mean you should prevent her from trying again. In fact, you will encourage her to try again and guide her the proper way. This is how it should be in life. Never let the past determine your future. Let go of what has happened because we cannot change it.
Stop Day Dreaming About Your Future
Do you spend too much time on thinking about your future? Or worse, worry about your future? People worry about not being able to to pay their bills. They worry what would happen if their investments fail. Stop worrying about your future because we have no control over it. People worry about their future because they are afraid of the uncertainties that lay ahead. And there is no point to worry as we don’t know what will happen in the future. So why worry? Instead, focus on what you can do now.
Focus On Your Present
Your present moment or the now is the most important in your life. If you want to have a better future and live a successful life, you must work on your now; your present moment. It is this moment you are in right now that will determine your future, not three years from now or someday down the road. Your future is shaped and determined by what you do today.
Have you watched the movie Kung Fu Panda? The Panda, Po, worries too much about his past because he doesn’t know anything about kung fu and he doesn’t seem to be a good learner. He also doubts about his future if he can become excellence in kung fu. His master then says this meaningful quote:
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Life is too short and you don’t have to be too concerned with what was and what will be. Therefore, learn to make good use of your present moment. It is what you decide to do and do right now that is the most important. So it is time to get motivated today!
Change Your Physiology and Move Your Body
Studies have proven that our physiology can determine our state. When you sit in a certain posture, you will experience a certain state and mood. Try to sit up straight, widen your eyes and look sharp, and breathe more deeply. You will put yourself in a more driven state.
If you don’t believe, try to stand up, jump for 3 times and do a fist pump right now. You will feel an adrenaline rush and awake. Of course, you must do it seriously to feel the motivation. Ever wonder why athletes make their winning moves and shout so often? It is because these actions put them into a higher and driven state.
Visualize the Result You Want
Whenever you are in a slump mood, try to visualize the things that you want. When you don’t feel motivated to work on your goals, write the article, get to the gym, make the cold call, or to study and do your homework, use visualization to boost up your mood. Imagine the success you want. If your desire is to get rich and become successful, think about how you will spend the money you have earned. Are you going to buy a yacht? Will you travel first-class around the world? Will you live in the big bungalow by the sea? When you imagine yourself achieving the results you want, you will feel motivated almost instantly.
Read or Watch Something Inspirational
This is something easy to do, but most people prefer not to do it and rather let their lousy mood wreck their whole day. Whenever you don’t feel motivated to do something, try to spend 10 or 15 minutes to read a book or watch a short video. The Chicken Soup series books contain plenty of inspirational stories suitable for people from all walks of life; you can read a story whenever you want to. And there are plenty of motivational videos and speeches you can find on YouTube. Just remember that you are there to get motivated and not to waste time. Once you have achieved your aim, move on and get to work.
Take a Baby Step
People lose motivation because they are feeling overwhelmed most of the time. This is because they try to tackle the whole big action rather than focusing on doing the small baby steps. It is like asking the question, ‘how do you eat an elephant?’ The answer is by eating one bite at a time.
Hence, focus and take a baby step. The key here is to do something so small and so easy so that you don’t feel the resistance. And when you have done that first step, it builds up your momentum and gets you moving to do the next step. For example, if you want to write an article, just focus on coming up with the title of the article. If you want to work out in the gym, all you need to do is to get changed. When you get the baby steps done, you will have built up the inertia and the motivation will come automatically.
Get Help and Support
It is difficult to accomplish your goals and live your dreams without the help of others. This is especially true if you have a big goal to attain. So ask for help. Whenever you feel down and don’t have the motivation, talk to someone who will inspire and support you. Of course, choose to talk to someone who is positive and who is willing to help you.
Affirmation is one of the most underestimated techniques to change your state and boost your motivation. In fact, affirmation is just like a pep-talk in sports. Before a football match starts, you can see the team members gather around and do some shouting to encourage and motivate each other. And affirmation has the same effect. Make sure your affirmations are short, clear, and exciting. Repeat them as many times as you need a day until you feel the excitement.
Take a Power Nap
A power nap is a short and quick nap of no longer than 30 minutes. You don’t want to fall into deep sleep that when you wake up, you feel even more tired and groggy. Power nap has been proven by science that it can restore our energy and make us refresh. Do you know that successful people like Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc. take power nap every day? It prevents burnout and makes you more productive. Life is too short to live for tomorrows, so get started and get motivated today.