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9 Proven Ways To Charge Up Your Motivation

Ever felt unmotivated and simply not in the mood to do anything?

Yeah, me too. Even though I’m always motivated and all ready to take action on my goals, I have times when I feel disconnected with my inner muse. No matter whether you are Seth Godin or Robert Kiyosaki, all of us have our own down times where we don’t feel like doing anything. It happens. Our productivity plummets to an all-time personal low as we drag our feet around on things we should be doing. It can be frustrating.

When left unchecked, this lack of motivation can get out of hand. Rather than let your productivity yo-yo based on your mood, you should learn to get in control of the situation and counteract with self-motivation strategies. Below are my 9 strategies to deal with situations of low motivation, and they have been proven to work wonders for myself, my readers and my clients.

  1. Design your vision
    One of the biggest reasons why we are not motivated is because we are not connected with our vision. Specifically, the vision of what we are trying to achieve. What are you working so hard for every day? What do you want to get out of this? What is your dream outcome? What are your end goals? What will excite and spur you to move forward?

While I’m busy writing and growing my blog, The Personal Excellence Blog, every day, I never lose sight of my end vision. My vision is to have a reader base of millions, travel around the world to speak to people, launch my books and touch the lives of people everywhere. I may not be there yet, but I know I’ll reach there as long as I keep working hard. For example, after 1.5 years, The Personal Excellence Blog is now read by over 100,000 readers a month and I’m an established personal excellence coach and speaker in my country (Singapore). Even just typing about this now is making me feel very inspired by what’s ahead. With a big vision, it spurs me to create endlessly, rather than settle for status quo.



Why do you live? Why do you do the things you do? Why do you slough away at work? What is it for? What do you want to get out of it? These are all important questions to ask ourselves, and important questions to have answers to. If you don’t have the answers, perhaps it’s time to seek them out.

Discovering my life purpose in 2006 has given me endless drive in life. I discovered my passion in helping others to achieve excellence and live their best life. This realization has led me to make bold life decisions, such as quitting my regular, well paying job 2 years ago to pursue my passion in personal development. Since then, I have started The Personal Excellence Blog, coached hundreds to achieve excellence in their lives and started The School of Personal Excellence (my training school). This “WHY” drives me every day to reach greater heights and accomplish more.



Some of my clients told me they don’t want to set deadlines as they don’t want to stress themselves into achieving the goals. That’s a cop-out. Stress from deadlines is only because you attach yourself to the outcome. The deadlines for your goals are meant to be reference points so you can achieve them. You should strive to achieve them, but not beat yourself to a pulp if you don’t achieve it. Commit to your deadlines, but don’t attach yourself to them.



So, stop doing whatever you are doing and take a breather. What are some of your hobbies? Spend some time doing them. Get away from your computer too. Engage yourself in things that interest you. Go take a walk in the park, hang out with friends, listen to music, rest, watch a movie, etc. Simply relax. It’ll give you renewed focus and energy.



You don’t need to do things you don’t like to do. If you feel dead towards something, then stop doing it. There’s no point doing things you don’t love. Life is too short to be spending it that way. Create an action plan to get out of things you don’t like and move towards things you love. As long as you keep yourself stuck with things you feel dead towards, you will forever be held back by them.

For example, after working 2 years at my last job, I reached a state where I completely dreaded work. I was working in brand management and skincare, which was very different from my passion to help others grow. I loved weekends and hated Mondays. I would be hauling myself out of bed and dreading my feet to work during weekdays. Finally, I told myself – this was it. I submitted my resignation letter and left in Sep ’08. I never looked back ever since.



Here are some inspirational materials you can start off with:

* The Way to Happiness
* Steve Job’s famous Standford Commencement Speech
* Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture
* Philosopher’s Notes is a great podcast resource – it condenses the wisdom of self help books into short podcasts
* 101 Inspiring Quotes of All Time (free ebook with over 300+ quotes – Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time)





When I’m around higher consciousness people, I consequently get more ideas and feel more stirred than usual to act on my goals. This is why I make it a point to surround myself with positive friends. Even my browser favorites are filled up with blogs and writings of positive people. Reading them almost always give me added inspiration.



List down all the things that you feel grateful for in a document somewhere. Feel the gratitude and love for those things that you have. Chances are, there is at least someone in this world who wants this but is unable to get it. Whenever you feel unmotivated, look at this list. It’ll remind you of things worth living for.

Written on 5/13/2010 by Celestine Chua. Celestine writes at The Personal Excellence Blog, where she shares her best advice on how to achieve personal excellence and live your best life. Get her RSS feed here and add her on Twitter @celestinechua. Photo Credit: *Zara
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