You’ve heard it all before, motivation is key to a productive day. Motivation allows me to be creative. Motivation is so so important for my work flow.
Well, what if I told you all of that was wrong??
In today’s blog post I will share with you one mindset shift that will CHANGE your life forever. I learnt this concept in one of my favorite books “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson, and I thought that it was too good not to pass on to you all.
I’m sure you have found yourself at your desk ready to start your work, but you just feel uninspired and unmotivated. So, you start to think: “maybe my environment is the problem?”, “maybe my desk is too cluttered?”, “maybe I need to brew a coffee first?”, “maybe I need to go to the gym first?”.
We have all been there, second guessing everything in our life and blaming EVERYTHING for our lack of motivation or inspiration. When in fact it is not the location, our dirty desk, our lack of coffee, or our need for the gym that is at fault. Rather, it is our idle body that is the problem.
We need to DO SOMETHING in order to feel motivated, not the other way around. We don’t need to sit there staring at the wall waiting for inspiration to strike, because guess what? IT WILL NEVER STRIKE.
Most people think if they are motivated they will be able to get things done, but we have to reverse this thinking. Instead, we need to remember that ACTION CREATES MOTIVATION.
Going back to the earlier example, we may think that it is our location, dirty desk, lack of coffee, or desire for the gym that is bringing motivation to us. But, it is actually ACTION that is allowing us to feel motivated. Changing your location, cleaning your desk, getting your coffee, and going to the gym are all actions that your mind believes to be necessary in order to feel motivated.
But, we don’t need to place these kinds of restrictions on ourselves, we can feel motivated by simply doing anything.
Say you have a big project coming up and you need to get 1001 things done before it is completed. This leaves you feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. So, what does your brain want to do, PROCRASTINATE.
But, instead we need to follow the “DO SOMETHING” principle and, well, do something. It could be as simple as sending one email or making one phone call. But, once you get started you will be motivated to continue and you won’t want to stop. This snowball effect happens because of ACTION not motivation.
This applies to everything in your life:
Want to start a new business, but have no motivation? DO SOMETHING.
Want to go on vacation, but have no money? DO SOMETHING.
Want to be a better person? DO SOMETHING.
You don’t need motivation to get stuff done and reach your goals. Once you DO SOMETHING, motivation and inspiration will follow.
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