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Getting Unstuck -- 3 Ways to Get Motivated

Aug 21, 2008
In order to stay motivated, we need to renew our motivation daily. This is the advice we got from motivational great, Zig Ziglar.

Whether it's a project at work, starting a new business, or something personal like losing weight, we all need to get motivated in order to complete the task. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.

If you're going in a particular direction, inertia will keep you going that way unless you apply force. See if your body keeps going when you pull up to a stop sign in your car.

Inertia can be an ally, because once you get going, it's easier to stay in motion. The hard part is to get things started in the first place, and that's where motivation comes in.

Here are 3 ways to get inspired, unstuck from a rut, and get your momentum going.

Select a mantra -- Using a mantra can have some advantages. You can use it every day to remove negative thoughts and clear the way for positive things. A mantra is traditionally a sound or series of sounds that are repeated over and over again during meditation sessions. But a mantra can become much more than that.

Guy Kawasaki says that instead of long mission statements, we should use mantras to tell the world what we're all about. Short and to the point, mantras can evoke a sense of power, and put us in a state of calm strength whenever we need it.

An aptly chosen mantra can also act as a guiding principle for how to act. For example, Google's "do no harm" philosophy is a mantra.

Mantras should be short, only a few words long at most. You can choose any mantra you like, and you can choose several of them for use in different situations. You can use them for meditation sessions as well as a sort of battle cry when you need strength and confidence. You can also use them to calm yourself when decisions need to be made.

Do something physical -- Tony Robbins teaches us that when we feel a certain way, we reflect that in our bodies. Try being depressed for a moment. What happens? Your shoulders slump, your eyes immediately head toward the ground, and your head faces down. Can you feel that? As goes the mind, so goes the body.

Now, try using your body to your advantage. Stand up tall showing off your best posture. Put your head back and look up at the ceiling. Smile. Put your arms straight out at your sides. Lift one foot off the floor and hum out loud.

Now, hold that position and try to be depressed. It takes a lot of effort to be depressed while in that pose. Now, ask yourself what you can do physically every day to get yourself into a resourceful mental state. Maybe it's a silly pose like this one. Maybe it's yoga or pilates that gets you going. No matter what it is, do something physical every day and get motivated.

Travel through time -- This exercise is an amazing eye opener and will get you motivated as fast as anything I know. Hindsight is 20/20. We all have choices. In each moment, we choose what we do. I hear people say that they have no choice. This is not true. You always have a choice. You can kill yourself if you want. You'll find a way if that's what you really want to do.

Sometimes we regret the choices we've made in the past. Often, we fool ourselves into thinking that we had no choice and won't have a choice if similar circumstances arise again.

So now, pretend that you're in your own future. Think about what it's like in your future. It's moments like this when we see what we really want. Now, look back at the present moment that you're in right now. What would you have done differently?

What can you do differently right now to make your ideal future a reality? Say it to yourself out loud. Write down your plan. Go do it now.

This is just a small sampling of the ways you can alter your reality and get motivated. There's no limit to the ways that you can gain control of your future if you'll just apply a few simple concepts.
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Kurt Schmitt has created a website about inspiration and success including motivational quotes
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