How do I motivate myself to do the important things when I don’t feel motivated?
“I’ve noticed that my motivation to start my own freedom business is always at an all-time high when I’m at work, sitting at my desk, with the realization staring me in the face that I do not want to spend the rest of my life sitting in a cubicle all day every day… I feel a burning desire to take immediate action towards a freedom business. The only problem is that I’m at work so I can’t! When I’m finally on my own time and can focus on learning and creating the motivation is still there but not nearly of the same caliber.
Have any of you experienced a similar situation? If so, do you have any tips or tricks to channel, on command, that same level of motivation that I feel when I’m face to face with the reality of what my life will continue to be if I don’t take action now?”
Dear Creative Like Me,
I usually find myself in the same situations after work. A burning desire to work my pursuits — to write, learn, connect, code, design, write songs and build successful business — but also the need to rest.
Such a paradox —When I finally have time for what my soul is pining to do, I feel unmotivated to do them. (Heck!) Even more so recently since my energy hasn’t been great, and my three-headed demon.
The need of rest is good, but after resting, it’s easy for me to slide into mindlessness, which is the enemy.
Rest is equally important as effort, but mindlessness is the enemy to creativity.
I know I need to spend time creating and pursuing my goals, but I feel exhausted, obligated to other things and others, and reluctant to do so. (Even though I know doing so would create a better reality for me!) ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, I think. (But you know what they say about tomorrow.)
So what’s an motivated unmotivated creative to do?
One solution I’ve found is to
first re-energize yourself.
- Go for a walk
- Talk to a friend / loved one
- or do something you enjoy that’s restful yet mindful
and second, sit down and
Start with purpose and intention.
It doesn’t have to be the best thing you’ve ever done, it just has to be something.
You just have to start and stick with it for as long as your able.
Oddly enough that lazy, tired feeling I have fades away once I start and keep pushing through. I think this idea goes along well with one of Dale Carnegie’s strategies for removing worry and despair by ‘losing yourself in doing.”
Taking action consumes your mind and leaves no space for exhaustion.
My feeling of reluctance and fatigue doesn’t completely go away, but I become more comfortable with it, each day I do it. I think that’s how most people find their success, they learn to thrive in un-comfort. They make the uncomfortable, comfortable and do so continuously.
Personal success comes to those with the largest comfort zone.
— Josh Waggoner, Renaissance Man. April 18th 10AM EST, Chattanooga TN
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