I have had some readers ask how to increase their motivation. It’s a good question, motivation may be easier to find than you think. I think one thing to clarify is that you can get a lot of work done on your couch. Being on your couch does not mean that you are lazy. You can be in comfy clothes and still conquer the world. Think of it as being a pajama CEO. You still kick ass, you just do it in slippers, which there is nothing wrong with.
One thing that helps me is having a to do list. I know this is fairly common for people to do, but let me tell you why I do it. I don’t have a to do list because it helps me get stuff done, I have it because it helps me to focus on what is the most important. However, if you’re anything like me, your list looks something like this:
- Go to gym
- Make dinner
- Put clothes away
- Client call
- MBA Homework
- Clean Room
- Do dishes
- Brain Training
- Start to wonder why I have so many meetings
- Rethinking every decision I have ever made
You know, the usual stuff. How are you supposed to have any motivation when you can barely keep your head above water? It actually boils down to one thing…you ready?
The only thing that you have to do is START.
How to start
I know, I know, it sounds way too easy to be true, but that does not change the fact that it works. When I am having a hard time getting rolling, I pick one thing on my list and do it. For example, I will start my laundry, once I have done that, I will go to the gym, when I get back, I make dinner, once I have made dinner, I do the dishes. I find that motivation really comes down to momentum. And object in motion, stays in motion. An object at rest, stays at rest. Meaning that when you start crossing things off your list, it is that much easier to get to the next thing.
Remember that success does not happen overnight – it takes baby steps every single day. You do not need to sprint each and every day, because you just need to make sure that you are taking steps forward.
At the end of the day, you are trying to build a better life for yourself, so when you are having a hard time getting started, remember why you wanted to start in the first place.