Motivation is always on the move, isn’t it? Some days you feel it in copious amounts, and other days you can’t get your hands on it no matter how hard you struggle.

1.  Understand your why

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  – Mark Twain

Understand your purpose and it will fuel your drive.

If I told you that it was your job to sort through a box of potatoes and to throw away the rotten ones, would you feel a strong sense of purpose?  Or would you feel like a cog in a machine?  Now – what if I told you that by sorting out the bad potatoes you were helping out the local food bank in supplying fresh food to needy families in the area – would that change your perspective and your sense of purpose in the work?

Now that you understand the purpose of the work – does it potentially change your attitude or perhaps even your choice of work?

I’m not here to dictate what purpose is. Everyone’s got a different definition based on their experiences in life and their own set of values.

But what I do want to ask you is:
What does purpose mean to you?
Find your why.  If you don’t know what it is, create it.  That will motivate you to make a difference.

2. Stay Focused on the Big Picture

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey

Admit it.  There will be days where work will feel boring.  When tasks feel repetitive.   When you feel like you have 100 things to do on your checklist or when you’re just plain irritated.  The easy thing to do is to feel frustrated and to give up or you could stay focused on the big picture.

3.  Get Active

A lot of times it’s hard to get motivated if you’re not in a good mood. Research has shown that working out multiple times a week for a reasonable period of time can reduce the symptoms of depression.  Exercising for 30 minutes can also increase levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which can help to reduce stress.

Pushing yourself physically will also motivate you to push yourself intellectually and in other parts of your life – like your career. 

4.  Have an accountability buddy

“Surround yourself with people who push you, who challenge you, who make you laugh, who make you better, who make you happy.” – Anonymous

Let’s say you set a goal of signing on 100 new customers within a year.  Now share that goal with some of your closest friends and colleagues.  Guess what? You’ve just signed up for peer pressure and this is a great way to keep yourself motivated at work.  Don’t believe me?  Just wait until you hear someone down the hall say, “Hey (Insert Your Name Here), how are you doing in your goal of 100 new customers?” 

5.  Motivational quotes.

Whatever motivational quote you decide on, print it out and tape it to your mirror.  Or if you want to get fancy with it, take a marker and write it on the mirror! That’ll get you going in the morning!

6.  Create small, bite-sized goals

There’s a reason donut holes are so lovable.  They’re easy to eat.  Before you know it, you’ve eaten a dozen of them. 

This is how goals should be too.  Of course you should have a really big, audacious goal. 

7.  Have the time of your life

“There’s no fun in a perfect life.  So make a risk.  Take a chance.  Go where the wind takes you.  Have fun.” – Jenny C.

If you’re having fun, you’re going to be more motivated to do great work.  This is true for 90% of the people.  Okay, I have no proof that is statistically true, but I’m pretty sure for most people this holds true. 

8.  Meditate

“Meditation is not a means to an end.  It is both the means and the end.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

We live in a world of information overload.  Because of that, our brains sometimes get overstimulated and that’s not a good thing.  That’s why we need to meditate. 

Calm down.   Close your eyes.  Lie down. 

Meditation will help you motivate yourself in a few different ways:

*Focus – By clearing your mind, you’ll have a renewed sense of focus.

*Happiness – By meditating, you’ll likely feel happier since your stress will be reduced.  When we’re happy, we tend to be more optimistic about the future. That optimism can often be a very powerful motivational force. 

9. Brainstorm your ideas and write them down

Not all of your ideas will be good.  It doesn’t matter.  Write them down anyway.  I got this idea from James Altucher (the guy is brilliant!).

Your great ideas will come when you least expect them.

10.  Visualize the future and go make it happen

Need motivation?
Think about what you’re going to achieve.  Think about the impact you’re going to make.  Think of the future you’re going to create. 

Visualize it.

Go make it happen.  NOW.

Because it’s never too late to rock on.

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