Part 1: How to GET motivated
Look, I know you. I know you’re one of those people. You got these juicy, crispy, melt in your mouth dreams. Sometimes you don’t have them. Not because of IQ or education but just because you haven’t found really what gets you going. Nevertheless, you’re still one of those people. You’re the “I want to do something awesome but can’t get motivated to do it” kind of person. Perhaps you know this already but most of us have been that. Some of us still are. That doesn’t make you any less capable. But it can make you less likely to attain what you want.
Now I’ve decided to separate this topic in two parts. Just as it is important to GET motivated, it’s also very important to STAY motivated. So let’s cover first how you get out of that dark, dull and seemingly irreversible black hole that is lack of motivation and get you flying high in First Class on “Motivation Airlines”.
Have you always been lacking motivation? Lets face it, when you were a child you didn’t lack motivation. You parents probably did but not you. Actually, it was probably considered too much motivation and you probably got stopped dead in your tracks because of it. There is no such thing as too much motivation. So I apologize on behalf of anyone who has ever stopped you and your motivation. Sorry. Despite this, however, you still had a boatload of motivation when you were a little one. Now you may be saying “oh boy you’re right” and thinking how much you’re motivation has declined since you were little and how you may be getting worse as you age. I’m sorry (again) for causing you to worry about yourself but I’ll do my best now to help you climb out of it. There is a common denominator that seems to motivate children: GAMES. Start a game with a child and he’ll be motivated beyond belief to drive a foam sword through your chest and save the kingdom and the queen. Interesting fact: the number of games we play decrease as we move into adulthood. And you wonder why you have trouble getting motivated. Before you go out to the dollar store and get yourself an astronomical sum of foam swords (2-4 swords is quite enough), let me say this: you need not play with foam swords to get motivated. You must, must, must play a GAME. Life is itself a game. Life is composed of a goal (your own), barriers and freedoms. Just like when you were a little brat, you need to go out and play. You need to treat life as your game. If you have your goal set, the first thing to getting motivated is to decide to play the game of attaining that goal. We are all pawns, queens and bishops on a chessboard. The game can be hard, long and arduous but so long as the game is being played, you can win it. Lack of motivation then is simply you pausing or leaving the game and ending up with no game to play. Now there is something else to know about this. Playing a game that is far too easy will get you bored and get you out of the game. So treat life as game and make the game scary enough that it is worth playing. That’s is the first thing you must do to break dullness and lack of motivation. Play the game of life.
Now here is the second item. Get busy playing the game. That’s right. Don’t just stand there and admire the game. Get your buttocks moving and get busy. And when I say get busy, I mean get into action. Pick something and do it. Do it now. Now. Right now. For the people who don’t really have a goal they want to achieve, the solution is picking something, anything, and doing it. Play that game until you found something better. Don’t think about it for heaven’s sake. Don’t go around dancing in the rain about it. Pick a game and play. Fill your calendar to the brim like a good bartender fills your beer. YOU NEED TO GET BUSY. Now here is something I don’t want you to fall into and I might get a little controversial here but anyone who reads my articles knows I don’t particularly care for political correctness. If you live on planet Earth then you’ve definitely heard the statement, “do what makes you happy and you’ll be successful and well”. That statement is 100% pure, pasteurised balderdash. It’s the stupidest statement I’ve ever heard. Ask any truly wealthy person and they’ll tell you they’ve done tons upon tons of movies, commercials, interviews, administrative work that they absolutely hated. There is no way you’ll get motivated if you can’t experience any other emotion than easy-peasy smiley face. I do things everyday that I hate to do. Its part of the game. But the accomplishments are surely worth it and I do get to be quite happy most of time despite insane barriers in my way.
So that is how you get motivated. Change your viewpoint on life until you can conceive it to be a game and then get busy, play it. And remember, when I say get busy, I mean GET BUSY. RUN. GO. DO SOMETHING. ANYTHING. GET GOING.
GET UP AND GO PLAY!!
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