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August 23, 2004

How do we find motivation when we don't have any?

How do we find motivation when we donít have any? Thatís a question that a friend asked me today. I didnít have a good answer right away. I had to think about how I motivate myself to do things, especially when I donít want to do them. Sometimes I just make myself do them. Then my friend asked, ďhow do you make yourself do something you donít want to do?Ē Again I had to think about it. ďI donít know, I just do it,Ē was my first reaction. And my second reaction was, ďSometimes I donít motivate myself.Ē But I offered the best advice I could at the time.
Iíll give one example of a way that I motivate myself, then Iíve listed the start of my internet search for motivation for you to see what others think. My example is in the name of my blog: The DAILY Spirit-Human. I put the word DAILY in the title intentionally. This motivates me to not miss a single day. Sometimes I post at 11:59pm and Iím fighting my slow computer to get it here. The title itself forces a schedule on me, which I wanted, to help me be creative every day. A lot of my blog posts take a lot of thought, so it can be a major commitment. I had to make it a high priority in my life. So for me one thing that can motivate me is a desire to succeed at whatever my goals are. Iím now at 116 days and counting...yay! Ok, I guess a second thing that motivates me is success at something.
Now here are some links. My plan is to put together a composite list of ideas to motivate ourselves. What works for some people may not work for others, but this is a good place to start:

Finding Motivation workshop:

Finding Motivation article by Chris Widener:

Finding motivation for dance practice:

Daily Affirmations article on Motivation:

A Christian article on finding your motivation by going back to what motivated you in the first place:

Motivation for the Language Learner:

Exercise motivation tips:

Also, please feel free to post a comment on this blog entry on what motivates you. Iíll add it to the Motivation List. Iím adding a category to this blog also, MOTIVATION, to enable searches later for all entries related to motivation. I feel this is one area that adds to the quality of our lives. Without motivation our worlds can look pretty gray.

Posted by carl1236 at August 23, 2004 8:51 PM | Attitude | motivation


Having no motivation yet having to do something chokes me...but when I did manage to do it I found how much less pain I could have avoided by starting early, having a good plan and sticking to it. However, sometimes it's just so hard to do. My advise would be to find somebody to talk you through it, it works best for me.

Posted by: raymond at November 27, 2006 10:08 AM

when it comes to work i start out great . i work well enough to move up and get promoted. but out of no where i just stop going - for no reason i just stop going. I would love to find out why i choose to do this.

Posted by: mark at December 23, 2006 10:23 PM

I find with work it helps to have and develop habits of highly effective people. When I was contemplating switching jobs I read an article that touted the benefits of keeping a daily work journal and reviewing it weekly (or more) to prepare for the following week. I had not really considered that as being a good motivator, but this work journal is a good motivator, because it's actually been a very useful tool, which makes my job go better, which makes me more motivated at work. That's just one thing. Sometimes work can get overwhelming though, as I've experienced with a huge workload lately. My motivation there is success by the rhino method: plow right through it, no matter what. Being goal/task oriented helps too. I like to get things done.

Posted by: John at January 2, 2007 9:57 PM

Every time I don't feel like doing the things I need to do or don't want to do, I concentrate hard on thinking of just doing it. My motivation is that I must do it to get it done. Once it's done, I won't have any problem then.

Usually, it is the reward that we get that motivates us most. Not only the material thing but the benefit we get if we do it.

We just need to actually concentrate hard when we feel like we lack the motivation.

Posted by: motivation and attitude at May 17, 2007 1:49 PM

That is a fine list of articles you have here. This post is rather old so I'll add another one. The site isn't mine but I great fun of Steve Pavlina : www.stevepavlina.com.

He is "responsible" to get me started my own site about affirmations and motivation: www.playingod.com

Hope that someone will get some help from these two sites.

Take care,

Posted by: Alen at November 3, 2007 5:14 PM

For me it is important to have a clear goal to aim for. This enables the individual to be motivated towards achieving a goal.

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