Everyday Inspiration

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“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.” – Philip Sidney

You have big plans.

Plans that will probably make you feel better physically and emotionally. You will feel unstoppable because you’ve accomplished something important in the past. You know the feeling and you know how great it makes you feel.

There’s just one problem; you can’t seem to get motivated again. No matter how hard you try, you look at that to-do list or think about that project you want to do, and you just can’t seem to find the energy to get started or to finish.

If you are feeling unmotivated right now, here are five tips to help get you motivated, and stay motivated, until you finish.

1. Plan out your project in small, bite-size pieces. Don’t look at the big picture or the big finish. Today you paint 20 boards of the fence or workout on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Tomorrow you will do it again and by the end of the week, the fence will be painted and you will feel better with your daily exercise.

2. Write down all the reasons you should complete your goal. Write the messages on post-it notes and hang them on the bathroom mirror, on your computer screen and on the refrigerator door. Positive affirmation will help.

3. Surround yourself with positive people who will keep you motivated when you feel like giving up. Get a buddy to workout with you or have a friend you can call when you are feeling down.

4. Celebrate your successes—even the small ones. When you finish half the fence, celebrate. Reward yourself with a glass of lemonade and sit outside admiring your work. Envision what it will look like when it is all finished.

5. Make your task fun. If that means you listen to music, turn on your favorite talk radio program or recruit a loved one to help you, do it. When you enjoy doing something, you are much more likely to stay motivated to get it done.

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About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.

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