Motivation is the drive to achieve your goals or needs. Doing interesting things in this world requires effort, and it’s no surprise we often abandon our passions for simpler, more predictable things. Set yourself one specific, achievable goal. Think about how to include that goal in your life, what you need to do to make it happen, and then put a timeframe on it. Break your goal into small, easy tasks and set regular reminders. Use your family and coworkers as support.
Remember why you wanted to get motivated or reach your goals in the first place. Motivation is based on:
ANGER: What pisses you off? What is wrong in the world, in your community, in your workplace, in your family, and what are you doing about it? Or will you just sit there and pretend, for another week, another year—like other people do—that it’s all OK? When are you going to use your frustration as fuel for doing something, anything, that brings the world a little closer to right? And don’t just vent: convert rage into possibility.
NECESSITY: Sometimes the only way to discover, to grow, to make something great is through learning the basic, the trivial, the mundane: sufficient repetition grants mastery of anything. A boring task might be required before you can attempt an amazingly cool challenge.
PRIDE: Prove people wrong. Do they say it can’t be done? Do it. They tell you it’s a waste of time? Waste away. Never let anyone define for you who to be, how to use your time, or what you are capable of. Take their judgment, harness it to your pride, and ride them like a team of horses past the fools, over the hills, and toward your dream.
FUN: Know what you like. Follow what makes you laugh so hard you have to hold your ribs to breathe. Learn to listen to the little voice inside you.
DISCIPLINE: Motivations wait inside us, and we can uncover them if we’re willing to dig through our fear, sadness, and ambivalence. Ask yourself: a week from now, will I wish I had worked today or slacked off? It requires discipline to seek motivation when feeling unmotivated.
POSITIVE & NEGATIVE: Positive motivations, focus on the positive things that will happen when you take action. Negative motivations, focus on the negative backlash that will occur if you don’t take action.