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7 Unconventional Ways To Motivate Yourself



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We need new ways of finding motivation, and here’s 7 of them.

When it comes to motivating and pushing yourself, it’s usually filled with cliché advice. “Don’t give up”, “Get over it” or “Always look on the bright side of life”. These are a few examples.

While they’re all correct at the root, conventional thinking like this just doesn’t cut it anymore. In fact, they are so trite and used so often that the message is lost to most of us. Heck, it even pisses people off, which is the total opposite of what it’s supposed to do.


The 7 Unconventional Ways Of Thinking


1. “Welcome the pain”

Yep! Welcome the pain. Accept it willingly.

There’s a saying, “Pain is weakness leaving the body”, which means to say, no matter how tough or how much pain you’re feeling, you’re going to emerge stronger after that. So don’t be afraid when things get tough. Push yourself to accept what is coming instead and know that you’re going to grow from it.


2. “Look forward to feeling good”

This is my main, personal method in motivating myself. I believe that when you work hard, the feeling you get after that is the reward. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment is the backbone of it all.

The fitness mantra, “Do you want to be sore, or sorry later?” works the same way.

So only aim for the feeling. Ask yourself how you want to feel later only. Forget about how you’d feel in between.


3. “Stop moving forward, take a step back instead”

Stop progressing altogether for a second. Just stop.

Take a step back instead.

It may seem paradoxical, but you know what it can do for you? You’ll be able to gain more clarity.

Go back for a second, re-evaluate your goals and remember your why. This effectively gives you the motivation to move forward.

And you’ll make better progress.


4. “Quit”

Or better yet, quit. Give up altogether on what you’re doing.

This requires some reflection and evaluation though. Sometimes quitting is the best thing you can do. You just have to realize that what you’re doing isn’t helping you anymore.

And after you quit, you’re free to do whatever you want as you’re no longer trapped by whatever it is which held you down.


5. “Have a really good break”

This kind of goes hand in hand with point (2): Look forward to feeling good.

I find that a lot of people have lousy breaks. They don’t do themselves the favour they deserve. E.g. Instead of recognizing that a break time is a time to recharge, they end up being completely idle by doing mindless things like surfing Facebook, Twitter or watching random YouTube videos they aren’t even interested in watching in the first place. That is dead time. It does not help you at all and before you know it, you’re back to work.


6. “Failure is your best friend”

Or, failure is your ally.

Embrace failure, for it will give you the best and most meaningful lessons you actually need to move forward. That being said, failure is not the end.

When you don’t get the results you want, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Instead, you’re given the opportunity to learn and grow the fastest way possible.


7. “Have fun”

Whatever it is in life, just have fun. Make that your sole aim.

Don’t take life so seriously. Laugh at your mistakes. Never sweat the small stuff. Just have fun, and be thankful for what you have, and that everything is going to be okay anyway.


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  1. Joey Tawadrous

    Oct 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    This post is incredibly motivational, words cannot describe. I’m always trying my best to find ways to keep motivated, but this post really does hit the nail on the head.

  2. Manjula G.C

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Thank you ………..

  3. Joe Lee

    Oct 5, 2013 at 3:21 am

    QUIT! Interesting point of view. I usually tell people to persevere. From your point of view, I guess sometimes it’s wise to throw the towel.

    I definitely agree the having fun part.

  4. Motivation

    Aug 4, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I am a lover of great inspirational and motivational quotations, read your article these tips really make us motivated. Your blog is an inspiration. Well done. Keep it up.

  5. Sedona Cole

    Jun 27, 2013 at 5:46 am

    What a refreshing way to look at goals and motivation!! I loved this article. I think I would add one more thing, which is get a coach or work with others in a master mind. Ok, that’s two things, but either way it means hanging out with other like-minded, success oriented people with no room for excuses. Great post. Thanks for sharing it!! God bless.

  6. waleed

    Jun 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    yes good tips thank u so much

  7. Gbemiga Olowo

    Jun 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Am a footballer, really want your advice on how to go about achieving my dream goals…. i have had couple of deal.. buh cash held me back…. i want your motivational advice to keep me going. though most of your updates i read here its been helping me alot in this aspect. but i want a precised feedback on my particular issues. My career (Football)

  8. Cynthia McDonagh

    Mar 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Very good advice. This is one article I will be sharing both online and offline.

    • mrwen

      Jun 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      ok i will

  9. Amrita

    Feb 27, 2013 at 6:40 am

    hehe…,gr8 yr,i was asking dat ‘coz i’m actually trying 2 find out wat 2 do since i’m gettin very bored!:(well wat’s ur proffesn?can u share wid us..

    • sonam sinha

      Mar 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      yap….its really wonderfull……i received failure first time in my life which shivered me top to bottom… ll surely help us…..

  10. Lisa Levine

    Feb 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks very much for your advice, once again. I reckon for most of us out there, we can be our own worst enemies and there comes a time when you need to let yourself off the mental hook. At the end of the day we all need to be kind to ourselves, especially when there are others who will be less then kind to us.

  11. manish rana

    Feb 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    i am promising u sir i will follow your tips . thanks a lot………….

  12. Amrita

    Feb 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    hi Alden,gr8 suggestions:),wat r u doing?

    • Alden Tan

      Feb 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      What am I doing? Haha blogging, working hard.

  13. Roger Waugh (@restyoursouls)

    Feb 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Wow,great article,and thank you for sharing.

  14. Joe Arahill

    Feb 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Great, thanks for sharing.

  15. Joumana Nouelati

    Feb 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Great article

  16. Sophie Lizard

    Feb 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Love this, Alden. I like to tell myself, “If you can’t negotiate success, negotiate a successful failure.” The worst that can happen is that I have to revise my plans and goals… which is actually fun and motivating when you get into it. 😉

    • Alden Tan

      Feb 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Thanks Sophie!

      Indeed. The experience, thoughts, feelings from failure are totally essential for success. I guess that’s why knowledge is never enough.

  17. Carol Gyzander

    Feb 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Alden, I think your tips #1 and #2 go well together – there are times when we just KNOW that something is going to be difficult… and it makes sense to appreciate how wonderful we are to do it, while we are doing it, and that it will soon be done!

    • Alden Tan

      Feb 20, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Carol! Yes indeed. It feels hard, but well, if it’s so easy, I don’t think it’d make any huge impact whatsoever.

  18. Kevin Martin

    Feb 19, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Joel, I live by your first tip! I always welcome the pain when I’m working toward what I want because I know that the pain signifies that I am doing something right. Greatness cannot be achieved without pain and this is what separates achievers and non-achievers. Nice post, Joel.

    • Joel


      Feb 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Hi Kevin, You are 100% right my friend. I must say though that Alden Tan is the author of this post so credit definitely goes to him. Thank you for stopping by Addicted2Success.

    • Alden Tan

      Feb 20, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Thanks guys! Thanks for commenting Kevin.

      I used to avoid pain and get scared of hard work myself. I was always looking for a short cut. I’ve come to realize you just cannot escape hard work.

      A simple rule in life, yet not many of us are willing to practise it.

  19. karl

    Feb 19, 2013 at 2:54 am

    I needed this.

  20. Kate

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you!! Great inspiration!!

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