When You Aren’t Feelin’ It
Need to work harder, but your not feelin’ it? Would you rather surf some (almost) porn pictures? Want to, once and for all, motivate yourself to work harder?
Well, just read through this quick post and you will discover the one most powerful tool to motivating yourself. No outside help necessary!
The Bullshit That Doesn’t Work
Don’t listen to some cheesy “Just say YES!” motivational speaker. Skip the Stewart Smalley mirror affirmations. And for God’s sake, don’t blast “Eye of The Tiger.” OK. . . maybe a little Rocky victory dance, but just a little.
Those superficial techniques may get your blood flowing for a few minutes, but just like a sugar high the energy fades fast. Then you are back to the soda fountain for fill up on another five minute burst of effort. Instead you need to use a method of self motivation. You need to write yourself a Git -R- Done Letter.
The Git-R- Done Letter
Larry the Cable Guy got it right. . . just git-r-done. But, how? With a letter. A letter you write to yourself. A letter that you write to yourself when you are having an up day. A letter you write when you are cranking away and feeling fully motivated.
Write a letter to your future “unmotivated self” that is to be opened and read when you are feeling your worst. In the letter explain the vision that has you motivated. Write to yourself that it is normal to feel more motivated at times and less on others. Write that you understand that the unmotivated feeling you have now is just temporary, and that the motivated you would be grateful if you get through just one thing today. Then tomorrow that you go for it with all that you’ve got.
If you are feeling unmotivated the next day, read the letter again and follow the “just do one thing” instruction and keep repeating hour after hour, and day after day, until you get out of your funk.
Once you are motivated again, write yourself another Git-R-Done Letter about how you successfully pulled yourself out of your unmotivated phase and that the next time you feel unmotivated to again follow the “just one thing” instruction.
If You Are Unmotivated Right Now
What if you are unmotivated right now? What if you don’t have that first Git-R-Done Letter for you to read right now?!?!
Just start writing it, now. You will find that writing the letter is a great diversion that, shockingly, gets your motivated again. And if that doesn’t work, put on boxing gloves, crank up “Eye of The Tiger,” dance around your office, and then immediately get to writing your letter.
I would love to hear your Git-R-Done Letter. Share yours in the comments below, and be sure to come back and read it every time you feel unmotivated.