Have you ever felt like you’re just stuck?
Maybe you have a goal that you want to achieve, something you wholeheartedly want to incorporate more of into your lifestyle, or there is a step you need to take but you’re paralyzed with lack of motivation?
Or maybe, day to day, you JUST have a lot to do and simply not enough motivation to get it all done.
You have the right intentions, but your gusto to take action is shaky.
The truth is, motivation is intrinsic- it has to come from within.
Sometimes, we, as complex humans with a lot on our plates and for a variety of reasons, go through seasons of no motivation. That’s okay.
It doesn’t mean that something inside of you is broken or that you will never feel that fire again, it may just mean that you need a little boost to get you back up on your horse.
Read the 5 steps below to learn how to get motivated again so you can keep moving forward!
STEP 1: Reflect on Your Lack of Motivation
Your lack of motivation is directly caused by a feeling you have that is keeping you stuck.
With awareness and honesty, do a little digging to get to the root of what you are feeling and why.
For example, you may uncover that the feeling behind your lack of motivation is:
Or something else.
Once you identify the feeling at the root of your demotivation, dig even deeper to pinpoint the thought or belief that is causing this feeling.
For example, you want a clean, organized home, but you’re not motivated to make this happen because you’re feeling overwhelmed.
You feeling overwhelmed is caused by the belief that cleaning and organizing your home will take a lot of time away from other things you want to do.“Quotes are a great way to add authority to your posts.”
STEP 2: Visualize the Results of Your Motivation
Once you’ve gotten clear on what you are feeling and WHY you feel how you do, you will visualize the result you want.
For example, if you want to feel motivated, you might visualize yourself:
Writing at your desk at 5:30am with a steamy cup of delicious coffee, soft music playing, and your pet snoozing next to you- feeling productive and on top of your game
Sitting in your clean, organized home with a candle lit, sun streaming through the curtains, and book in hand- feeling light and refreshed
In a cool shower after a challenging morning hot yoga class- feeling satisfied, strong, and proud of yourself
Leaving the DMV with the name on your license finally changed, and feeling like a burden has been lifted off of your shoulders
Doing this will completely shift how you feel.
You’ll go from feeling not motivated to motivated because the feeling after you do what you are avoiding is so much more positive than what you feel now.
This will be enough motivation to push you to take an action step towards what you want!
STEP 3: Set a Goal to Get Unstuck
In the area where you’re not feeling motivated, set one goal.
This goal should be achievable and measurable.
For example, now that you’ve visualized yourself sitting in your clean, organized home with a candle lit, sun streaming through the curtains, and book in hand- feeling light and refreshed, set the goal of having all rooms in your home clean and organized within the week.
STEP 4: Create 5 Action Steps
Once you’ve set your goal, work backwards until you boil your goal into 5 actionable next steps.
Can you imagine having a step by step roadmap to help you reach each and every one of your goals?
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STEP 5: Design Your Days for Action
Now that you’ve made the list of your 5 next steps, you will schedule them like events into your daily agenda with specific start and end times.
I call this “time chunking” because when you use your Google Calendar or Apple Calendar App, you can specifically see the chunk of time that has been portioned out for you to do what you need to do.
Rather than keeping this event vague, like just calling it “cleaning”, it is crucial to make the event the action step you need to do in order to reach your overall goal.
For example, instead of scheduling “cleaning” from 12-2, make one event “put away all laundry” from 12-1, and another event, “do the dishes”, from 1-2.
This way, you know exactly what result you will gain from each event and all of your action steps are being met.
The key is to make this event a nonnegotiable appointment with yourself.
You may not FEEL like doing what is on your calendar, but if you have the time budgeted for it already, you might as well do what you need to do so you can achieve the satisfied and positive feeling you want to feel.
It helps to make each of your events as pleasurable as possible. For example, as you do the action step “do the dishes” from 1-2, make this event enjoyable.
Put on a podcast, light some candles, pour some wine, and get to it. The more fun you can make things you have no motivation to do, the more likely you are to do them. Not only that, but why not flavor your day with as much intention and simple pleasure as possible?
Pro tip: I actually make EVERYTHING an event for every single part of my day. Even for things like relaxing, watching TV with Walker, taking a walk with Indigo, and what I’m doing on the weekends.
This way, I know where every single minute of my time goes.
So there you have it! Your 5 step plan for getting MOTIVATED!
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