We all have those days. Things have not been going well; a bid was lost; a proposal was rejected; a customer was lost; an investor backed out. And now you are working on a project and just cannot get motivated to finish it. Maybe you’ll just take the day off, and if the project is late, so be it. Really? You have no tools to get that motivation back, to get moving, to take some positive action? Well, then, here are some tools and, perhaps among this compilation, there will be one or more that you will find is a source of motivation.
Lots of people read motivational and inspirational books all the time – that’s probably why the book stores shelves are so full of them, and they are among the best sellers on Amazon. But here is the problem with these books. They’re rather like attending a motivational workshop or seminar. Everyone leaves inspired and motivated by what s/he has heard, and within two weeks it is forgotten. Life returns to normal, and not much has changed, except the speaker got his/her fee. You may have read several motivational books, but not much has changed. Pull them out and take another look. Were there any that you remember as particularly meaningful? If so, re-read one or two again, mark the passages/pages that are inspirational to you and keep it close by. Those pages will provide some impetus when you need it. Personally, I like You Can Win by Shiv Khera and Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins. Find one or two that “work” for you.
Find some pictures of people you admire – people who were or are highly motivated and whose motivations have inspired others. Put those pictures somewhere in a prominent place in your workspace, so they can serve as reminders to you. Malala Yousafzai comes to mind – a young woman who took huge risks, was almost fatally wounded, survived and has just kept on her quest. If a 17-year old is capable of this, certainly you are as well. Others who may inspire might be Stephen Hawking or Nick Vujicic.
There is a movie, perhaps two or three, that has inspired and motivated you. They, too, are like that guest speaker. You need reminders, so view them again and view them often. Who was not inspired by “Rocky” or “The Great Escape?” Perhaps “The Natural” or “Pursuit of Happyness?” Find you movies – watch them often.
You may not have the greatest voice, but you probably sang along and know all the words to certain songs. Were any of them inspirational? The 80’s was my “time” and still on a CD in car and downloaded on my PC are Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’” Queen’s “We are the Champions,” and Survivors’ “Eye of the Tiger.” It is impossible for me not to “get going” with renewed enthusiasm after increasing the volume and singing along.
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My office wall has some quotations on it – quotations that I can see and read every day. What they have to say to me is important, and if you will find those that have meaning for you, you need to read them every day. To get you started, here are a couple:
- “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is no.” Chinese Proverb
- “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn
- “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison
It can be hard to sustain motivation – it is far worse to lose it.
Originally posted 2015-07-27 12:25:29.