If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now.
WARNING: I’m going to swear and yell a little in this post.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
You said you needed motivation. I’m going to do what needs to be done to get your ass in gear. NO EXCUSES.
If this isn’t the kind of motivation you need, leave now. You’ve been warned.
Do you want to get off your ass and start producing instead of wallowing in despair, depression, self pity, fear, doubt or whatever is holding you back?
Let’s DO THIS.
The point of this exercise is to give you motivation to do something right now. Don’t just absorb this and continue sitting around procrastinating.
Follow the steps below carefully.
The world doesn’t care.
And if you’re feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you’re at it. It doesn’t matter.
We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.
Did you catch that? It was the secret to life. Seriously.
Let me say it again.
We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.
Period. End of story.
I don’t care if you’ve seen it before. Watch it again.
Be warned, if you’re not working towards being self employed, this video might push you in that direction.
4. Put a pot of coffee on or get some tea brewing.
Try a bulletproof coffee if you need an extra kick.
5. If you haven’t eaten something, eat a little snack now.
For god’s sake don’t eat a fucking twinkie or some other junk food.
Eat something healthy. Eat some nuts or fruit. Take your vitamins.
6. Do one of the following three things:
A) Take a shower, OR
B) Go for a brisk walk, OR
C) Call the friend who most lifts you up and makes you feel great after every conversation. Tell him or her that you need a little pep talk. Put a 10 minute limit on the conversation.
7. If you’re around people right now, go tell one of them how much you appreciate him or her.
Just say, “hey, I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you because…”
If you’re not around people, think about something or someone you’re grateful for. Go over the reasons you’re grateful in your mind.
Gratitude is happiness. Happiness is motivating. Be grateful more often by thinking about who and what you’re happy for, or by telling someone.
8. If you normally sit down to work, stand up.
Standing up to work is motivating. It gets the blood flowing.
9. Turn off email, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and whatever other social procrastination network you’re part of.
Turn off the TV if it’s on.
Seriously, TURN THEM OFF.
10. Now, put on your favorite music playlist.
Play something that gets you jacked.
Hint: try the playlist you use at the gym.
(If you don’t regularly go to the gym or workout otherwise, start doing that tomorrow. You have to be healthy to stay motivated.)
11. List the top 3 positive outcomes of achieving your task.
Think about what you’re planning to accomplish today.
Don’t worry about everything that’s holding you back from accomplishing it. Instead, focus on the positive things that will happen once you get it done.
For example, if you have homework to do, your list might look like this:
1) I’ll learn something useful.
2) I’ll make myself and my teacher proud of what I accomplished.
3) I’ll get closer to achieving a good grade in the class so I can graduate and move on to doing what I’m really meant to do in life.
Write down the three things. Don’t skip this part. Make sure you focus on the 3 most important outcomes.
12. Think about the part of doing this task that you enjoy.
Most tasks have some enjoyable component to them.
Focus on what you like about what you have to do, no matter how simple or how small. Enjoy the very act of doing your task for what it’s worth.
13. Listen to this podcast episode
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14. Now here’s the most important part.
Lock yourself in a room with the thing you need to be doing.
Don’t leave until you make some progress.
Put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, or axe to the grindstone.
Stop looking for external motivation. Stop letting yourself procrastinate.
Start going through the motions of making progress. At first it might feel forced, but eventually you’ll get in the groove.
What to do if this doesn’t work.
We all have things to do that we really just don’t want to do, but have to for some reason. These are the toughest to find motivation for.
For these especially difficult situations, I recommend two things.
First, question whether or not this thing really needs to be done.
What are the consequences of not doing it? Can you live with the consequences? Is there any way to not do this thing?
Then, if you still conclude that this thing absolutely has to get done, focus on simply getting past it.
Imagine the relief of not having this thing on your plate anymore.
How will that make you feel?
Dig deep. See how quickly you can possibly do this thing.
Do it now and move on to stuff you really want to do.
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Thanks for reading. Now go out and get something important done.
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In the comments below, share your other favorite motivation hacks and tell me what this post helped you achieve.
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It’s the first day back to work after the Christmas break and you’re probably not feeling your best. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect remedy for New Year sluggishness. Who better to give you a boost than Kanye, Liam G or MIA? Here are 30 motivational anthems to kick start your 2018 and help you conquer the world.
30 Snow Patrol – ‘Run’
Gary Lightbody apparently wrote ‘Run’ after going on a massive bender and falling down some stairs. “The words ‘Light up, light up’ gave this sense of a beacon. There had to be a light at the end of a tunnel,” he said.
29 Franz Ferdinand – ‘Do You Want To?’
Follow Franz’s lead and go where you’ve never let yourself before! Well, at least switch your usual lunch for an edgier meal deal tomorrow.
28 The Jam – ‘Going Underground’
If any song’s going to make you politically motivated ahead of the forthcoming election, it’s this anti-Conservative rant from The Jam. “You choose your leaders and place your trust/As their lies wash you down and their promises rust,” Paul Weller sings. Let that be a lesson.
27 Doves – ‘There Goes The Fear’
Two important things to know about ‘There Goes The Fear’. 1. It’s imperative you dance like your dad to the jangly bits that sound like the Grange Hill theme tune. 2. Make the most of the track’s passive motivational skills by letting the lyric “You turn around and life’s passed you by” give you the fear factor.
26 La Roux – ‘In For The Kill’
Do what La Roux says (go in for the kill, do it for the thrill, etc. etc.) on her sassy electropop debut and you’re sure to tackle whatever naysayers might come your way with aplomb.
25 House Of Pain – ‘Jump Around’
Two parts aggressively energetic, one part hilarious (“I never eat a pig ’cause a pig is a cop”), ‘Jump Around’ has featured in at least two action movies, ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Rush Hour’, so is certified motivation music.
24 Justice Vs Simian – ‘We Are Your Friends’
Combine forceful synth stabs with stirring lyrics – “We are your friends/ You’ll never be alone again” – and you have a track so powerful it’ll defeat even Hollyoaks Omnibus laziness.
23 Friendly Fires – ‘Jump In The Pool’
Something about this synthy, bubbly, giddy tune turns tedious jogs through rundown towns into excited dashes through vibrant metropolises. It’s the ultimate ‘pretending to be in a movie’ exercise song.
22 Arcade Fire – ‘Ready to Start’
What better way to begin the day than with double-drum-kit, full-throttle Arcade Fire. Just make sure you pick the “Now I’m ready to start/My mind is open wide” lyrics as your mantra rather than the “Businessmen drink my blood” bits. That would be weird.
21 Be Your Own Pet – ‘Adventure’
Containing the word ‘adventuring’ 8 times and the word ‘adventurer’ 10 times, if Be Your Own Pet haven’t convinced you to head off on at least a mini-break by the time you finish listening to ‘Adventure’ you’re a stone-hearted individual.
20 Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’
Question: Wouldn’t life be 100% better if you lived everyday like you were Missy Elliot? Answer: Yes. Make sure you “Getcha getcha getcha getcha getcha freak on” and today will be a glorious day.
19 The Strokes – ‘You Only Live Once’
Surely The Strokes have missed a trick by not re-releasing this classic now YOLO’s a thing? Anyway, aside for the obvious hedonistic title, this track has the kind of good vibes that make positive memories scroll through your mind like a ‘Big Brother Best Bits’ video montage.
18 Nas – ‘The World Is Yours’
Don’t be fooled by the laid-back beat, this is a song about winning at life. Its title was taken from ‘Scarface’ in which Tony Montana makes the phrase his mantra.
17 Primal Scream – ‘Higher Than The Sun’
Let’s slow down the tempo a little because even lazy Sunday mornings can be motivational. The mix of hazy melodies and lyrics like “I believe you get what you give” is potent.
16 Drake – ‘Started At The Bottom’
If Drake started at the bottom and got his whole team here so can you. He used to work all night, drive home through traffic, be hungry, live at his momma’s house and argue with her monthly but now nothing’s poppin’ off without him.
15 MIA – ‘Born Free’
Okay, so this video has that weird ginger genocide storyline but let’s ignore that. The lesson to learn here is “Yeah I don’t wanna live for tomorrow/ I push my life today”.
14 Florence + The Machine – ‘Dog Days Are Over’
This is probably one to listen to in the secrecy of your bedroom if you don’t want to ruin your street cred. It’s a bit, well, ‘X Factor final’ now (cheers Simon Cowell). Still, listening to ‘Dog Days Are Over’ puts an uplifting summer glow on dull, grey days.
13 Kanye West – ‘I Am A God’
If Kanye’s breathless ‘I Am A God’ doesn’t make you want to get up on your feet, not much will. It’s time to get stacking millions till you’re chilling with Jesus and remember, never ever accept sloppy service when it comes to croissant.
12 Kelis – ‘Bossy’
Life lesson to take from ‘Bossy’? Stop being nice to everyone. Remember: “You don’t have to love me/ You don’t even have to like me/ But you will respect me”. Now, dominate the office.
11 Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
That riff, that anti-establishment attitude: whether you’re doing a 20 minute crosstrainer sesh or powering through your tax returns, try your hardest to channel ‘Teen Spirit’ in moments of stress.
10 Fatboy Slim – ‘Right Here, Right Now’
The musical equivalent to your mum standing at the bottom of the stairs shouting “No, not in five minutes! Do your homework NOW”.
9 The Vines – ‘Get Free’
If you’re trying to psych yourself into getting out of a mundane job/relationship/town this is the song to scream.
8 Daft Punk – ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’
Do we really need to explain why we chose this? No track is more hype than ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.
7 Public Enemy – ‘Fight The Power’
Spike Lee commissioned ‘Fight The Power’ for his movie ‘Do The Right Thing’. “I wanted it to be defiant, I wanted it to be angry, I wanted it to be very rhythmic,” he told TIME magazine – and that’s why it’s the perfect motivator.
6 Dizzee Rascal – ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’
Originally used to slew Asher D in a rap battle, you can now use ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’ to convince yourself that sweatpants are never office appropriate. Even on casual Friday.
5 The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’
Egyptian journalist Mono Elthahawy says of ‘Seven Nation Army’: “Every time I hear the opening lines it just takes me to Egypt, where people – I’ve never seen anything like it. Literally, nothing can hold them back.” If it’s good enough for the Arab Spring it’s good enough for you.
4 Beyonce – ‘Run The World’
We imagine that when Beyonce faces the mirror each morning she looks herself in the eye and thinks “Who run the world? BEYONCE”. You should do the same.
3 The Gossip – ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’
Beth Ditto wrote Standing In The Way Of Control as a response to a US Amendment which would have outlawed same-sex marriage in the country. Explaining the ruling made her friends feel “helpless and cheated,” she said: “I wrote the chorus to try and encourage people not to give up.”
2 Kanye West – ‘Stronger’
A stone cold motivational anthem, guaranteed to put you in the zone. When it comes to getting yourself in gear, look no further than the king of overconfidence.
1 Oasis – ‘Live Forever’
Put this on, yell the lyrics at the top of your voice and pretend it’s 2am on Friday night, you’ve got your arms round your mates and anything is possible.