Are You Struggling With a Lack of Motivation?

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Have you ever noticed how a lack of motivation leaves you feeling sluggish and uninspired?  One great way to turn that mindset around is by consciously getting joyful!  Joyful about what, exactly?  Well, anything will do, but here are a few good ideas to get you started.

To increase your motivation, probably one of the best things to get joyful about are the end results you’re trying to create.  If you’re working toward your goals and lacking the motivation to continue taking action, start by thinking about how good you’ll feel once you achieve your goal.  Imagine the feelings of excitement and satisfaction you’ll experience when you can finally shout, “I did it!”  For this to work, it’s important that you don’t just think about those feelings, but really allow yourself to actually feel them!

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To generate even more motivation, you can also take it a step further and consider how achieving that goal will contribute to your life and the lives of others.  What do you stand to gain from it?  How will your accomplishment help others?  How do you feel about those benefits?  Imagine that you and others are enjoying those benefits right now.  Now, notice how thinking about all those added benefits makes you feel.

Still not feeling the motivation?

Not to worry.  Start focusing on something wonderful you want to happen in your future, even if you’re not working on it yet.  Make this “something” really BIG and AMAZING.  Something that you know will change your whole life and cause you to overflow with joy.  Some examples:  Imagine that you’re business efforts paid off with a huge unexpected windfall and you get to call all your friends and relatives to share the good news.  Or imagine that you’ve closed a deal on your dream home and you’re going to start moving in tomorrow.  Or imagine that you just got engaged to the love of your life!

Invincible determination can accomplish almost anything. ~Thomas Fuller

Whatever you choose to focus on, pretend that it’s happening NOW and allow yourself to get into those feelings of intense excitement and awe.  Stay with these images for as long as necessary to pump yourself up with joy and motivation.

Now take some action

Once you’re feeling joyful and excited, get moving immediately on your other tasks or goals – the ones you were avoiding a little while ago.  Don’t give yourself time to form any more excuses. Take the motivation you’ve just created and use it to take action.

Allow your feelings of joy and enthusiasm to flow into your current activities and keep your motivation strong.  You’ll probably find that your energy stays high for a longer period of time and you’ll end up accomplishing more than you would have otherwise.  Even better, motivation can make any action seem almost effortless – which can be a big help when you’re pursuing goals or facing a difficult task.

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. ~Bo Bennett

Once you get used to using joy as a source of motivation, you’ll likely come to enjoy the process so much that it will take less and less effort to started. As a result, you’ll have no trouble at all keeping your motivation consistently strong because you’ll be producing great results!

Want more simple methods like this one to help you reach your big goals, or to create even more motivation? I have always found that challenging myself to accomplish something within a certain timeframe creates a tremendous boost in motivation. For example, start by asking yourself: What Could You Accomplish in 100 Days?

How do you maintain motivation over the long haul?
What causes you to lose your motivation?
The lines are open!

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  1. Anne August 11, 2012 Reply

    I stay motivated because there is no other option. I’ve had a difficult life and have almost had to train from the start to ‘overcome’ the negatives – or at least to work through them.

    Failure is a choice I don’t want to take. Failure is not about what you achieve. It’s the mentality that says you’ve given up trying.

    It took me more than 6 years to find a publisher for my book, someone who got the work and really appreciated what I was doing. The fifth year was the hardest. But just think, if I’d given up when it was hard, I would have never found the publisher.

    I stay motivated because I’ve known failure and I don’t like the taste. I also know that success is not getting everything you want. It’s staying on the path that takes you to your goal. This understanding means I never have cause to give up. I never have to say ‘I can’t’ because as long as I have life, I can!

    • Jonathan August 12, 2012 Reply

      Hi Anne, you have such a core level motivation and I can see it has served you well. While some people let hardship bury them, others use it to propel them forward. This is an excellent way to harness the most powerful emotional motivational force, which is moving away from pain. I think this is the kind of determination that takes people from rags to riches (metaphorically and literally speaking).

      I was inspired by your comment so I went to Amazon and liked your book and your author’s profile. I commend you for staying on your path Anne and feel confident that you will achieve whatever you set your mind toward.

  2. Jamie August 15, 2012 Reply

    Motivation for me boils down to two things. How much you truly want something and how many useless distractions you have. I find the only way I can truly motivate myself towards achieving a goal is to want it with all of my being. If I only half want something, then my attempts will be half assed and I will fail.

    What motivates me more than anything is the fear of staying where I am. I just won’t allow it. So in my laziest days I think about the life I am currently living and the life I want, and that is usually enough o give me a kick start.

  3. Bhaskar July 10, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for putting up this article Jonathan. I am 30 years now and for the last 7 years my life has been stagnant in the same place without any progress and although I was reading many self help books from some of the world’s best known authors..nothing really seems to convinced me into putting up my dedicated efforts. I know my problems as well as what I need to do in order to take the plunge, yet I succumbs to procrastination and feel very less motivated to apply the change. Inspiration comes to me and fades away in no time, and to continue with that zeal becomes a real challenge for me….

    But today I’ve decided to stop taking up any more excuses and to live the next wonderful years of my life making it exactly the way I wanted to live and achieving everything I’ve only hopelessly daydream about up till now.

    Thanks @ Anne as well….you made me feel deeply inspired. I too have tasted enough failure..and it’s a terrible feeling..so, now I am willing to taste the goodness of life and never to give up again.

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