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What To Do When You Feel Unmotivated

Power versus Force

Forcing yourself to work is like swimming against the current. You'll need a lot of force to get to your destination.

Getting yourself motivated to do the work is like swimming with the current. You'll make use of power that will energize and support you. You'll get to your destination in a completely different mood and perspective.

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What To Do When You Feel Unmotivated

What To Do When You Feel Unmotivated

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You can generate Motivation

You can produce motivation at your own command if you understand how it works.

Motivation is not random. Like every other effect, it's caused by something. When you grasp this, you no longer have to force yourself to do the work, but you can use the power of motivation to your advantage.

Generate the power of Motivation

The most likely reason you feel unmotivated is that you are in a lousy state of mind. It can be caused by various things, like:

  • Feeling stressed
  • Sleeping in
  • Excessive drinking
  • Hanging out with unmotivated and unambitious people
  • The lack of clear goals & priorities
  • Watching a lot of TV or Netflix or scrolling through social media
  • Eating bad foods that create energy crashes or a heavy feeling
  • Procrastinating

As an antidote, apply a few state change 'hacks' to turn your state of mind.

Becoming highly motivated

Integrate peak-state habits in your daily life. Most peak-state habits involve the use of your body: Change the way you move, and you'll change the way you feel.

Do things like breathing exercises, take a cold shower, meditate, listen to an inspiring podcast or watch a motivational video. Focus on the pleasure of the work or review your goals. It will put you in a more energetic and motivated mindset.

When you feel unmotivated

For the moments in which you don't feel motivated, try to change your state as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it’ll become.

Successfully changing your state at will, again and again, is what will help you perform at the highest level.

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Try to reach out to the people who directly benefit from your work. This could boost your motivation to work hard.

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How to Get Motivated
How to Get Motivated

Develop a Routine. Create a series of events that you always perform before doing a specific task.

  • Step 1: Start by doing something so easy that you can't say no to it. 
Force yourself to do things

Our mind has muscles. It memorizes patterns. By doing this over and over, you're building your willpower and self-discipline. 

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"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."
Focus on the emotional reward

Focus on the feeling you feel after doing something that you know is good for you.

  • The adrenaline rush.
  • The feeling of being fit and healthy.
  • The relief you feel after having finished a big project.
  • The pride you gain from an accomplishment.
  • The confidence you feel after having faced your fear.

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