Are you wondering: How to get motivated to do things you to do but don’t want to do?
Don’t wait to get motivated. It won’t happen. That said, there techniques you can use to get inspired when you’re not in the mood. I’ve provided some simple techniques below.
But, before we get into it, here’s the other thing you need to understand about motivations and doing things you don’t want to do. You don’t need to be motivated to be in action.
Action and how you feel about an action are two separate things. Any time you’re waiting for a feeling to inspire you to do something, you’re wasting valuable time. Feelings come and go. This is true even when it comes to things we love to do.
Always ask yourself: What would I like to achieve here? In other words, what outcome are you committed to?
If you live in the world of your “feelings”, you are greatly limiting your potential.
Here is an example:
A woman, who is an entrepreneur at heart, but works for a big company decides she’d like to start a business. It is something that would inspire her if she could achieve it. To make it happen, she has to wake up early and work at it before her day job five days a week.
Every morning she wakes up at 4AM, drags herself out of bed, and curses her existence.
As she starts her laptop, she thinks about how she’d love to go back to bed. But she works anyway.
Six months – after working early mornings and weekends and more, she launches the business. In short order, the business does well and she makes enough money to quit her corporate job.
On her last day in cubicleland, she looks around her and gets her achievement. In the moment she is more powerful than she’s ever been before. She understands what it’s like to desire a goal she thought was unattainable. She knows now what she’s made of. This is after months of not feeling like working most mornings.
Here’s the other thing she’s trained herself to do: Her brain and body are much better at getting into action faster than they used to be because she doesn’t wait to “feel like it”. This will translate to greater success in all areas of her life. (She could even train to run a marathon now.)
Bottom line: Take your focus off your feelings and get in action. And the feelings of awesomeness will follow!
To encourage yourself to be more excited about getting motivated around new project (or run a marathon, or even losing 10 lbs) there are three ways that may help:
How to get motivated to do things you need to do but don’t want to do
Method #1: Get really clear on what you desire and what your end goal is. Close your eyes, imagine you have what you want in the area of life you’re feeling uninspired to be in action in.
For example, if you’re at work and not feeling motivated to do a project you need to do, stop what you are doing in that moment and fast forward to your future. Close your eyes. Visualize what you’d like to achieve when this project is complete. Will it get you closer to a big successful product launch? Will you get to leave early from work that day? Or, maybe you will be happier and more satisfied in your life, because it will be behind you.
Get inspired about the outcome and what it will bring to your life.
Conjure up those feelings of awesomeness, then spring into action.
Method #2: Pair the activity you don’t want to do with something you love. For example, I hated running until I started listening to audiobooks when I run. Since I love to learn and never have enough time to read, running has now become my favorite time. And as a result, I’ve never been fitter.
Combine an activity that inspires you with one that doesn’t. It will help you create new neural pathways that introduce feelings of enjoyment with the activity you don’t necessarily love to do. This will encourage you to be in action in all areas of life around things you need to do but may not feel like doing.
Method #3: Focus on incremental progress. Trying to do way too much is the biggest mistake people make. Start small. Break down the activity you are not motivated by into small chunks of work. Work slowly so you can hyper focus on what you’re doing.
Acknowledge the small progress you’re making. Don’t rush the process. Consistent ritual action is the key to success.
Train yourself to be motivated when you’re not is a skill. It requires practice. So be patient with yourself and try the above techniques to get yourself in action.
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