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How to Get Motivated

by Bob Romanaskas

You can train yourself for success just as well as you can train for failure.


Today you may be saying, “I need to be motivated to get anything done,” but I guarantee that it doesn't have to be that way. If you’ve taught yourself to believe certain limitations, then you can also teach yourself to break through them.


You’ve probably noticed that it’s hard to be motivated all the time.


No matter what you are working on, there are bound to be days when you don’t feel like showing up. There will be workouts that you don’t feel like starting. There will be responsibilities that you don’t feel like handling. And there will be “off days” when your energy and emotions are in the gutter.

These fluctuations are part of life, and I face these motivational challenges just as much as the next person. However, for the important things in my life, I’ve also developed a system for dealing with these “off days.”


Let's talk about that system and how it can help you perform well even when you're not feeling motivated.


Step 1: A good routine starts by being so easy that you can’t say no to it.  The most important part of any task is starting. If you can’t get motivated in the beginning, then you’ll find that motivation often comes after starting.  That’s why your routine needs to be incredibly easy to start.  


For example, you could create an exercise routine that starts with filling up your water bottle. That way, when you don’t feel like working out, you can simply tell yourself, “Just fill up the water bottle.” Your only goal is to start the routine and then continue from there.


Step 2: Your routine should get you moving towards the end goal.

Most of the time, your routine should include physical movement. It's hard to think yourself into getting motivated.


Here's why…


What is your body language like when you're feeling unmotivated or lacking energy?


Answer: You're not moving very much.  This lack of physical movement is directly linked to a lack of mental energy.


The opposite is also true. If you're physically moving and engaged, then it's far more likely that you'll feel mentally engaged and energized. For example, it's almost impossible to not feel vibrant, awake, and energized when you're working out.


While your routine should be as easy as possible to start, it should gradually transition into more and more physical movement. Your mind and your motivation will follow your physical movement.


Step 3: You need to follow the same pattern every single time.


The primary purpose of your routine is to create a series of events that you always perform before doing a specific task.


Eventually, this routine becomes so tied to your performance that by simply doing the routine, you are pulled into a mental state that is primed to perform. You don't need motivation, you just need to start your routine.


The patterns that you repeat on a daily basis will eventually form the identity that you believe in and the actions that you take. You can transform your identity and become the type of person who doesn’t need motivation to perform well.


This is why it’s so critical to stick to your routine every time, not just when you’re struggling with a lack of motivation. These small behaviors reinforce your good habits and the feelings that come with them. Pretty soon, your routine steps will not only be a trigger that kick starts your habit, but also a reminder of what you’re working towards and the type of person you are becoming.


Be great! 

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