How many times have you looked at a list of endless tasks, lots of unread emails, and mountains of paper… and felt very nervous when you thought about working on them? And I look at the clock and hope it’s near the end of the day, just so you can call it the end?
I was there, so I knew exactly what it was like to want to disappear and pretend there was no work. Of course, just because you do not feel like doing the work does not mean that it is over. Unfortunately, most of the common motivational tactics out there have never worked for me, so I had to come up with some resistance strategies to rekindle my motivation and actually do some work.
So if you’re on the same boat as me and fighting for inspiration sometimes, know that it doesn’t have to be this way.
Your Brain Is Wrong With Something Wrong
The big problem here is that you focus too much on the wrong thing – and the fact that you have a lot of work to do. So naturally, when all your attention is focused on something you “don’t feel” doing, your mental resistance will go up and take over.
And where does that lead? A serious case of procrastination. And no matter what kind of work you have to do (even if it is related to the big goal you have ever had), this problem can make its head spin and get you out of your game.
When it comes to motivation, people are told to use methods such as SMART goals or to see themselves succeed. Yes, those things might work for other people. But in my experience, they are DIFFICULT when it comes to creating the motivation you need – especially when your emotions and energy are not available.
And why is that so? Because it does not direct our attention and emotions to compelling productive things.
“The difference between the norm and the odd one is the small addition.” – Jimmy Johnson
Instead of using popular marketing strategies seen online, I suggest trying something most people have never really done before. Basically, we’re going to shift your focus to strategies that (though weird or intimidating) will encourage you to act on your goals NOW – so let’s take a look.
- Have a punishment plan
Even if people do not like it, a person has twice as many opportunities to work to avoid punishment, rather than work to earn a living instead. This is something Daniel Kanheman (a well-established motivational expert and author of “Thinking, Fast and Slow) found in his many psychological tests.
Here are some suggestions on how to do this:
If you do not go to the gym after work, you will have to eat something unpleasant (eg something bitter, such as grapefruit)
If you are not starting or working in your new business, you will have to donate to charities (bonus points for charities that you do not support.
If you do not get out of bed on time, then you should take a cold shower
Still, the point is to make the “good” option seem like walking in the park compared to the cost of not doing it. You can combine this with additional punch rewards for promotion.
- Use Peer Pressure
We never grow up without peer pressure. So when everyone around you pressures you to do something (whether good or bad), you’re in FR’s chances of doing it.
Try to get your friends and family to “pressure your peers” to work on your goals. For example, when you get home from work, the first thing you want to do is go back and relax. But once your family starts “meeting you”, and putting you in for a workout, it may be hard to turn them down.
In fact, you would probably find it hard to “go” to the gym if you did. So see if you can promote a productive culture to those close to you. That way, you’ll never let laziness or your emotions get the better of you, and you’ll be able to stay focused on your goals.
“Work hard for what you want because it will not come to you without a fight. You need to be strong and courageous and know that you can do whatever you put your mind to. ”- Leah LaBelle
- Turn Your Fear into a Competitive Spouse
This is kind of interesting. It is similar to the previous tip, but with a sharper edge to it. If you’ve ever been on a sports team, and been a recipient of trash talk before, you know how annoying it would be to have someone do this to you.
But the important thing is that whenever that happens, that anger quickly turns to a desire to destroy an opponent. And trust me when I say this is a force that you should not ignore.
The idea I have come up with to use this is whenever I am afraid to send an email suggestion to a client (or if I need to open their email and read their negative response) I think someone is not saying things to me like, “I bet you won’t send it,” or “ You’re scared to open it, aren’t you, scared cat? ” Then I get upset and finally I do it. And it always works.
It’s rare, I know. But when used properly, it can serve a good purpose. And it works especially well when you are defending a job because of anxiety. Because it does not hide your concern, it directs it and focuses on the position.
I know that these methods of motivation are strange. But once you’ve tried everything else, and still struggle to overcome procrastination, it’s time to look out of the box if you want to succeed in life. So give these guns a try and see if your motivation goes up because of it.
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