8 Ways to Get Motivated

Posted on June 11, 2013

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At work or at home, staying motivated can sometimes be a challenge. I’ve come across 8 great ways to kick start your mojo when boredom or procrastination sets in.

1) Read a book.

There are thousands of great, time-tested books available for inspiration and motivation. Im not a big fan of fiction, I actually love books on the topic of sociology or self-development. I’m currently reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, but check out a few good titles here or see a list of recommendations on the Book Club tab.

2) Write a blog post or letter.

Reading can be very valuable, but writing requires more thinking, and so it can be even more valuable. Write about something you’re passionate about – write about how to solve a problem, or write an article about your business that you wish you had read yourself a year ago. You don’t even need to publish it for writing to be effective. But if you do want to publish it, here’s how to become a better writer.

3) Exercise.

Sometimes you just need to get the blood flowing. Go for a walk, or a run, or a workout. There are two great advantages of exercise: First, it’s healthy for your body. Second, it forces you to spend time thinking or as I’ve been calling it, surrendering to the unconscious mind. As little as 15 minutes of movement can burn some calories – and set your mind on fire with new ideas and inspiration.

4) Write a thank you note.

Not a thank you email, or a thank you text, or even a thank you phone call – a physical, hand-written thank you note. Hand written notes seems to be a thing of the past, but do you remember how good it felt the last time someone took the time to hand write anything to you? It feels just as good to be the person doing the writing.

5) Perform a random act of kindness.

The ironic and amazing thing about acts of kindness is that they end up being kind-of selfish, because you feel SO great after doing them. Here is a list of simple acts of kindness that you can participate in.

6) Read inspiring quotes.

Reading a book or even an article can take more time than you have to spare sometimes. So it’s worth looking at inspiring quotes from great leaders, writers and thinkers of the past. Google makes it easy – simple search for “Inspiring quotes about [whatever it is that’s on your mind],” and feel better within seconds. Here are 25 of my favorite inspirational quotes for leaders.

7) Listen to music.

Plato said, “Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”Looking to educate your soul? Or perhaps just to let off some steam and feel better about the work before you? Turn on your Itunes, or Spotify, YouTube, or even the radio, to elevate your mood through music. 

8) Watch an inspiring video.

As inspiring and uplifting as music can be, video can be even more inspiring. Here’s one I found today that will get you going.

*Thank you to Dave Kerpen for today’s inspiration. 

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