If there’s anything I’ve learned over the last few years is that life is all about choices. In some cases you cannot control what happens to you, there are some cases you convince yourself it was out of your control, there are fewer still where you actually let it happen to you and then ended up not liking the result – regardless of which one, what you can definitely control is how you react to what happens.

 

A favorite excerpt from the story of Jerry the Restaurant Manager – Each morning I wake up and say to myself, I have two choices today. I can choose to be in a good mood or I can choose to be in a bad mood. I always choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I always choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I always choose the positive side of life.” But it’s not always that easy,” I protested. “Yes, it is,” Jerry, said Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. It’s your choice how you live your life.”

 

And with that, let me also share some tips below if you need motivation. Please note these are not from me. This is from an email a good friend sent me awhile back.

 

10 THINGS TO GET YOU MOTIVATED RIGHT NOW!!!!

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If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now.

Prepare yourself.

WARNING: I’m going to swear and yell a little in this post.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

You said you needed motivation. I’m going to do what needs to be done to get your a$$ into gear. NO EXCUSES.

If this isn’t the kind of motivation you need, leave now. You’ve been warned.

 

 

Alright.

 

 

Here goes.

 

Do you want some mother*****g motivation right now?

 

I SAID, do you want some MOTHER*****G MOTIVATION RIGHT NOW?

 

Do you want to get some seriously useful sh*t done today?

 

Do you want to get off your a$$ and start producing instead of wallowing in despair, depression, self-pity, fear, doubt or whatever infantile or pubescent reason is holding you back?

 

Are you sick of not getting anything done?

 

 

Let’s DO THIS.

 

The point of this exercise is to give you motivation to do something right now. Don’t just absorb this and continue sitting around procrastinating.

 

TAKE ACTION.

 

Follow the steps below carefully.

 

1. Quit b**ching about how tired you are.
The world doesn’t care.

And if you’re feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you’re at it. It doesn’t matter.

We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

Did you catch that? It was the secret to life. Seriously.

Let me say it again.

We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

Period. End of story.

2. Read the quotes below. If you have a favorite quote or two you always refer to, read that too.

Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. – Benjamin Franklin

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. – Richard Bach

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

3. If you haven’t eaten something, eat a little snack now.
For god’s sake don’t eat a f*****g Twinkie or some other junk food.

Eat something healthy. Eat some nuts or fruit. Take your vitamins.

4. Do one of the following three things:

A) Take a shower, OR

B) Go for a brisk walk, OR

C) Call the friend who most lifts you up and makes you feel great after every conversation. Tell him or her that you need a little pep talk. Put a 10 minute limit on the conversation.

5. If you’re around people right now, go tell one of them how much you appreciate him or her.

Just say, “hey, I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you because…”

If you’re not around people, think about something or someone you’re grateful for. Go over the reasons you’re grateful in your mind.

Gratitude is happiness. Happiness is motivating. Be grateful more often by thinking about who and what you’re happy for, or by telling someone.

6. If you normally sit down to work, stand up.

Standing up to work is motivating. It gets the blood flowing.

7. Turn off email, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and whatever other social procrastination network you’re part of.

Turn off the TV if it’s on.

Seriously, TURN THEM OFF.

8. Now, put on your favorite music playlist.

Play something that gets you jacked.

Hint: try the playlist you use at the gym.

(If you don’t regularly go to the gym or workout otherwise, start doing that tomorrow. You have to be healthy to stay motivated.)

9. List the top 3 positive outcomes of achieving your task.

Think about what you’re planning to accomplish today.

Don’t worry about everything that’s holding you back from accomplishing it. Instead, focus on the positive things that will happen once you get it done.

For example, if you have homework to do, your list might look like this:

1) I’ll learn something useful.
2) I’ll make myself and my teacher proud of what I accomplished.
3) I’ll get closer to achieving a good grade in the class so I can graduate and move on to doing what I’m really meant to do in life.

Write down the three things. Don’t skip this part. Make sure you focus on the 3 most important outcomes.

10. Lock yourself in a room with the thing you need to be doing and Think about the part of doing this task that you enjoy.

Most tasks have some enjoyable component to them.

Focus on what you like about what you have to do, no matter how simple or how small. Enjoy the very act of doing your task for what it’s worth.

Don’t leave until you make some progress.

Put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, or axe to the grindstone.

Stop looking for external motivation. Stop letting yourself procrastinate.

Start going through the motions of making progress. At first it might feel forced, but eventually you’ll get in the groove.

What to do if this doesn’t work.

We all have things to do that we really just don’t want to do, but have to for some reason. These are the toughest to find motivation for.

For these especially difficult situations, I recommend two things.

First, question whether or not this thing really needs to be done.

What are the consequences of not doing it? Can you live with the consequences? Is there any way to not do this thing?

Then, if you still conclude that this thing absolutely has to get done, focus on simply getting past it.

Imagine the relief of not having this thing on your plate anymore.

How will that make you feel?

Dig deep. See how quickly you can possibly do this thing.

Do it now and move on to stuff you really want to do.

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2 responses »

  1. […] then I remembered something… this post I made from April last year. Especially this portion – Quit b**ching about how tired you are. […]

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