Do you wake up lazy, tired, and unmotivated? Do you want to get motivated but can’t seem to get started with any habit that will change your life?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ve been there and so have thousands of other people.
But the good news is that you can learn how to get motivation in life.
And you can learn how to get motivated in life starting today. Yes, today.
Not tomorrow, not next week or next month. Life is way too short to feel unmotivated and not live the life of your dreams.
Instead of looking for motivation, it’s even more important to find the habits that will lead to you being motivated.
Motivation makes things happen initially but habits keep them going. It’s hard to be motivated every second of every single day. Somedays you might not get enough sleep, have a bad day at work or have something else come up.
But if you can change some habits in your life it will make it MUCH easier to get motivated and stay motivated!
As Jim Rohn said, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Here are 5 ways to get motivated in life and start changing your habits to create lasting change.
How to Get Motivated in Life
Start using these tips to get out of your funk and start creating the life you deserve.
1.) Change Your Physiology
As Tony Robbins says, “Motion creates emotion.”
Sometimes you just need to get moving to get motivated in life. There’s a reason you feel so good after a tough workout or morning run. When you exercise your body releases a chemical called BDNF.
As Mental Health Daily defines “BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) is considered an important protein that influences brain function as well as the peripheral nervous system.” This is just a really smart way to say that exercise helps your mind as much as it does your body.
The next time you’re feeling unmotivated stand-up, take a walk, do some pushups, or do something physical. Your physiology has a huge impact on your motivation levels!
2.) Set Goals In All Areas of Life
One of the easiest ways to learn how to get motivated is to start setting goals in every area of your life! Goals give you direction and something to work towards every day. I’m a firm believer in the Tony Robbins quote, “Progress equals happiness.”
If you don’t have goals you probably don’t feel like you are progressing and might feel stuck. But you aren’t stuck. That is just a story that you keep telling yourself. Your mind made the story up and you keep thinking about it over and over again.
Instead of letting your negative mind run your day, let your goals run the day!
Make Your Goals Serve a Purpose
Goal setting is crucial but if they aren’t relevant and serving a purpose it will be easy to ignore them. Instead, make your goals super personal and interesting to you. Create empowering goals that will make a difference in your personal or professional life.
Share Your Goals (With at Least One Person)
Choosing to keep your goals to yourself is a bad idea. As a result, you have no accountability and no one to help you achieve them. I firmly believe that you should share your goals with the world or at least a few people.
This will do several things:
- Increases your accountability. No one wants to let someone down
- Affirm them to yourself. When you speak your goals it resonates differently than just writing or reading them.
- Get help from others. When you announce your goals to people others might have resources or connection to help you achieve them.
Review Your Goals Twice Per Day
Setting goals are great but if you set them and forget about them you’ll almost never make them happen.
Each morning and night spend 2-3 minutes and read or affirm your goals out loud. Also, think about what it will feel like when they get accomplished. Think about how you will have to grow as a person to make them happen.
This will help your brain understand that these goals are a priority in your life. Remember humans are goal-seeking organisms, your mind wants to help you but you need to give it direction. Because without direction your brain won’t know what to focus on.
Celebrate Your Wins
Get in the habit of celebrating when you complete any sized goal. Reward yourself for your hard work and achievement!
This will give you the motivation to set more goals in the future and lets your brain know that you are rewarded for your achievement.
3.) Surround Yourself with Winners
I’ve always said it’s hard to do epic things with average people. As Tim Ferriss famously said,
You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”
Ask yourself…are you friends helping or hurting you?
Because… if you spend time consistently with friends that are dragging you down or living a life you don’t want anymore you must be willing to change. You can do this a few different ways without hurting feelings.
- Ask them to change and let them know how you are trying to change.
- Stop hanging out slowly and see if they contact you.
Find people who are striving for greatness, don’t waste your time with negative, pessimistic or depressing people.
If you want to learn how to get motivated quit spending time with anyone who drains your energy! Your friends should motivate, inspire, and cheer you on as you pursue your goals.
4.) Clean Up Your Environment
If you’re feeling like the motivation isn’t there in your life look around at your environment. Are you feeling unmotivated or is your life just messy? A dirty, disorganized, and cluttered house or desk can have a huge effect on your motivation levels.
As Benjamin Hardy said in the book, Willpower Doesn’t Work, “Who you are is a product of your self-image and your self-image is based on your environment. Change your environment and you can change everything.”
A clean, tidy work or home environment can make you feel organized, motivated and ready to take on any challenge.
Listen to Inspirational Videos
I love watching inspirational videos on Youtube for some extra motivation. There are so many incredible motivational speakers it’s never been easier to get hyped and ready to crush life!
Check out this list I’ve compiled of the best motivational speeches that will help you get a boost of motivation!
5.) Create an Empowering Morning Routine
Your morning routine is how you get motivated each day for every aspect of life!
If you win the morning you win the day, simple as that. Studies have shown that if you want to start a new habit doing it in the morning greatly increase the chances of you achieving it!
Often times you might feel unmotivated because you are too busy and start each day rushed. That can happen if you are constantly sleeping in!
To stay motivated you need to own your mornings. Your daily routine or set of rituals will be different for everyone.
Personally, I dedicate at least one hour to my morning routine. My morning rituals are my “reboot” to start each day with maximum energy and motivation.
While an hour might not be possible for everyone, even 10 minutes is SO much better than nothing. It could be sitting alone with a cup of coffee, simply observing your thoughts. Or taking a walk, exercising or reading.
It’s about staying away from technology and starting your day with self-discipline. Plus, getting up early gives you time to review your goals, plan for the day, and spend extra time with friends and family.
Way too many people don’t feel like waking up early is worth it but I can say that it’s 100% changed my life!
An empowering morning routine is how you get motivated and stay motivated! Check out my “How to Win The Morning” course to learn how to wake up early, stay consistent, and start the morning rituals of successful people.
How to Get Motivated to Work Out
Now that you’ve set goals and started owning your mornings you won’t have to keep questioning how to get motivated to work out? You have already set yourself up for success! But, there are a few more ways to help you get motivated to work out:
If you plan on working out the next morning before work plan ahead by laying out your clothes, snacks, and water. Make it effortless so you essentially roll out of bed and into your gym shoes. If you go after work have everything in the car so you don’t’ skip out.
Also, know what you are going to work out, and how long you will be there. Planning = consistency!
Get an Accountability Partner
Like other goals, I recommend NOT going after your fitness goals alone. Accountability can play a huge role in making sure you get up AND show up.
Try to find a workout buddy with similar goals or find a co-worker who you commute with. As a result, you will be much less likely to skip an early workout.
But if you need more motivation to workout you can also join an expensive gym or schedule a trainer for FORCED ACCOUNTABILITY. If you see money being charged every month it will help you get motivated and make some progress!
How to Get Motivated to Lose Weight
If you’re struggling with losing weight know that you’re not alone. An accountability partner is helpful but make sure to also let your family and friends know. The more support you can have the better!
Track Your Progress
Another way to get motivated to lose weight is to track your goals! As Peter Drucker said, “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.” Again, progress equals happiness!
If your goal is to lose 20 pounds and you lose 4 or 5 pounds this can give you a huge momentum boost.
Use a fitness app like my “My Fitness Pal” or a simple note on your phone to track your weight regularly.
Hire a Coach
Coaches will hold you accountable to follow through on your tasks. They can help you become successful by:
Learning From Their Experience
As Tony Robbins has said, “Success leaves clues.”
Whether you want to be a better manager at work, better investor, better entrepreneur or athlete — all successful people leave clues on how they have achieved so much.
If you want to be an athlete you know you need to work out for hours a day, practice your sport for another few hours, stretch, and eat right. It’s no secret.
Coaches and mentors will use their experience to guide you in the right direction no matter what goal you are working towards!
Increasing Your Results
We all have the same 24 hours — the more efficient you are the more you can accomplish.
Coaches can you show you where you are wasting time and how you can improve much more quickly.
Coaches have already made it through the struggles you have and can show you the roadmap.
No more wandering around feeling lost!
Saving You Frustration
Coaches have been there and done it (well hopefully) and can help avoid the frustration that comes with trying to master something new.
They can help you succeed faster by not getting as frustrated as trying to accomplish it on your own. Coaches can also help you by breaking down big goals into small, manageable tasks.
If you’re setting your goals right they will be BIG.
While I encourage you to set big goals it can be intimidating at first. They will help create mini goals and deadlines to achieve your big goals.
Coaches will help you along the way, provide encouragement, feedback, and ensure you don’t get as frustrated as you might when working alone.
Get Motivated Today
Hopefully, this post taught you how to get motivated in life. Whether you need to get motivated to clean, to exercise, to work, or to study…use these simple tricks!
If you feel unmotivated it’s probably because you feel stuck. As a result, you feel helpless. Instead, try any or all of these tips to change up your routine, set big goals, and quit settling for “pretty good.”
You have everything you need inside you to accomplish your biggest goals. Make a plan, stay persistent, and don’t stop until you make them into a reality!
How else do you get motivated? Let me know in the comments!
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