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How to Motivate When Unmotivated

I don’t know what it is, but yesterday and today I have about zero motivation to do anything. Seriously, if I could lay around and do nothing at all I would, and I have the job where I can do that, but I won’t. I can’t. That’s not me. I might feel like I want to, but somehow someway I motivate myself to get things done. It’s one heck of a personality trait that I have because the majority of people would give in and in fact not do anything, think about how they can put things off until tomorrow, and then actually put them off. What’s unfortunate is that the things they put off until tomorrow either get completely forgotten about or put off even more, eventually leading to one heck of an unproductive week or even month! Compound that over time and you have a lot of lazy people who can never reach their goals.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even want to write a post today, but after thinking about writing it and how it could potentially help some people, that motivated me enough to do so. BAM! Motivation right there! I’m being productive when I didn’t feel like being productive. I go through this process all the time, especially when it comes to working out and eating healthy. I will think to myself, “Oh I can take a rest day today because I deserve it,” and as soon as I think about it,  I think about all the people out there who are depending on me staying committed, looking to me to set an example, and suddenly I’m more motivated to work out than ever before. Or if I feel like eating a cheat meal or having a cheat day, I think about the same thing, how many people are looking up to me, and then think about how I would feel afterwards if I did eat that crap, and obviously the answer is that I would in fact feel like crap! Not worth it to me. I just motivated myself when feeling unmotivated.

When it all comes down to it, being able to motivate yourself when you don’t feel motivated is the difference between the successful and the non-successful. It is a key to success! Just like in the examples above, I am able to workout when I don’t feel like working out and eat healthy when I don’t feel like eating healthy. What’s the end result of that? Do that on a consistent basis over time, just like I have, and results will be out of this world! That’s the reason why I have been able to get into the best shape of my life. That’s the reason why I have been able to succeed in business the way I have. When I don’t feel like doing something, I suck it up and do it. No if, ands, or buts about it. At the end of every day when I’m reflecting on everything that I accomplished during the day, I want to be proud that I have indeed moved myself towards my goals, not away from them. That, my friends, is called the “Success Curve.” Yes, there is also a “Failure Curve” and that involves staying unmotivated and moving yourself AWAY from your goals, not towards them. Stay on the “Failure Curve” for years on end, and you will find yourself being 60 years old, out of shape, working a minimum wage job, struggling to make ends meet. You want to know what else motivates me? Realizing that I could be that 60 year old dude who can’t support his family and has to be on a crazy amount of medication because of all the health problems I have. No thanks, I’ll pass. When I don’t feel like picking up the phone and talking to people, writing a blog post, answering emails, working out, or eating healthy, I’ll just picture that guy, and there ya go, instant motivation.

I know it’s hard for many of you to just stop and do it without any questions asked even when you don’t feel like doing it, but it’s so important that you make the effort to start doing so. It can and will change your life forever! One small decision like that added up over time can lead to a lifetime of changes, a lifetime of success. Most of you know my story, but 3 and a half years ago Melinda and I could barely afford our rent for our one bedroom apartment and to pay for our food. I sat her down one night and told her that I was going to do everything I possibly could to change this situation, and take us to the point where we would never have to worry about those things again. I knew that my family depended on me, so whenever I felt like not working late, taking a break, giving up, that wasn’t an option for me because I knew I would  be letting them down. A year later of motivating myself on a consistent basis led me to accomplish what I set out to accomplish, and we took ourselves out of financial struggle and no longer had an issue paying our bills. A year later after doing the same thing, we created financial freedom, and are now able to do things we have always dream of, like move into our dream house, buy our dream car, and stay home with our daughter every single day. We are in fact living a dream!

If you don’t feel like working out today or working on your business, think about how you will feel tomorrow if you don’t do these things. Think about where you will be in 10 years, 20 years, or even 50 years if you allow yourself to stay on that “Failure Curve” all throughout your life. You have one life to live people, why not live healthy and enjoy success! Do it for you, do it for your kids, do it for your health. Stay motivated on a consistent basis even when you don’t feel motivated, and you will find yourself in a brand new, much better, healthier and successful life in just a short amount of time.


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