Not feeling motivated? Are you barely treading water to keep up? Maybe you’re that proverbial hamster running the wheel. 

Motivation is a luxury, not a necessity but yeh, it sure is nice. 

So if you’re looking for some of that powerful driving force to move forward towards your goals or even just to have a kick ass day, read this…

And then go do everything you want to do. 

#1. Decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

It’s time to move on.

#2. Quit the excuses.

We’re all tired, too busy, had some bad breaks lately. We’ve got to preserver despite all of the tough things we go through.

Everyone faces obstacles. How we deal with those obstacles defines who we are and how successful we will be. 

No more excuses. It’s going to be tough but it can be done. 

#3. Read up on some awesomely motivational quotes. Corny? Maybe. But everyone does it.

Words are powerful. Find the ones that touch you and read them, say them then live by them.

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan

 The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank

You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks

#4. Stay hydrated–Feel better. Go get some coffee. Or Tea. AND water! 

#5. Take care of yourself to take care of your goals. Do not forget to eat. And I’m not talking a bag of chips at your desk. Eat something healthy (often). Reach for the fruit and the nuts.

And did I mention the water? 

Don’t just feed your body with nutrients, feed it with activity. Get up. Talk a walk. Stretch. MOVE!

Even five minutes of activity will jolt your brain from a rut. 

#6. Practice appreciation and reach out for motivation. If you’re around people right now, connect. But don’t waste all day chatting. Set a time limit (10 minutes or so) and then tell someone why you appreciate them. 

Not around anybody? No problem. Get out a piece of paper, a physical piece of paper, and write down 10 things you are grateful for. 

Gratitude is happiness. Happy people are more motivated. Practice gratitude often.

#7. Turn off the distractions (after you read this). This could be the toughest. Log off of Twitter and Facebook, put down your phone, turn off the email alerts. Shut off the TV if it’s providing background noise. 

Seriously, I know it’s painful, but turn it all off

#8. Listen to music that gets you going. Music motivates. 

#9. Write down the challenges you are likely to face while working towards your goal. Recognize they are inevitable but also possible to overcome.

Beside each challenge, write how you will positively move beyond them. Memorize this list. Then ball up that piece of paper and toss it. 

We all have setbacks–they do not have to be permanent. 

#10. Just do it. There’s a reason why Nike’s slogan is so iconic. Those 3 words say it all. 

Focus on the things you like about what you have to do to get to your goal. Enjoy the moments that get you there. Revel in the challenge and always remember that you’re capable. 

Dig deep. Motivation is in there. 


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