“People often say motivation doesn’t last, well, neither does bathing.” -Zig Ziglar
My alarm went off this morning and I almost went off on it.
It happens a couple times a week. Where I wake up feeling sluggish and unmotivated. But that is not the way to “get sh** done,” as that famous coffee mug says.
It doesn’t help to see those famous Instagrammers who post pictures of having their life together and their unrelenting motivation every 4 hours on the dot. Except that they don’t always have their life together. It might look that way because you’re seeing their lives through a filter. But in reality, none of us always have it together.
So how to stay motivated? How to keep plugging away when you really just want to plug into Netflix for the rest of the day?
Zig Ziglar always say that motivation is like bathing, in that they recommend it daily. It’s so easy to get moving at the start of a new year because you’re looking for new energy, new ideas, new spark. So let’s take that concept and use it everyday, or at least any time we need motivation.
Here are three things to do to get you motivated:
Figure out the reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. It helps to know what you’re working for. I like to make a big, hairy, long-term goal, like being healthy and active so I can keep up with my future kids. Make this goal really detailed, like why it’s so important to be able to keep up with the kids, and what kind of values you can teach your kids if you’re healthy and fit.
Browse pictures of your goal(s). There is so much out there to explore. Skydiving, traveling across Asia, sleeping underneath the Northern Lights. Whatever it is that you want, look at pictures of it any time you need a pick me up. Seeing it and vividly imagining that you are already there, opens your mind up to the possibilities of actually having it.
Recruit a friend. It can be hard to keep yourself motivated. But sharing the load makes it so much easier to carry. Find a friend who’s got some big hairy goals like you and find time to talk about each of your goals every week. You’ll bounce ideas, feed off each other’s energy, and before you know it, you’re right back to hustlin’.