If you are waking up on Monday morning and dreading going to work then Houston we have a problem. I know many of you feel like that every Monday.
Me personally, I bloody love Monday. Mondays are the start of a new week and the end of the weekend. If I’ve played the game right, I’ve spent enough time relaxing on the weekend to hit Monday morning with a spring in my step.
I’m fired up and ready to hit the ground running on Monday morning because I love what I do. No one has to force me to do anything because I make my own decisions. The moment something is no longer fun or fulfilling, I drop it like a sack of potatoes (my grandpa used to say that).
Then there’s this hump day BS. I don’t get it and it must be “A Thing.” Wednesday is supposed to be hard because it’s the middle of the week. Do you mean to tell me that you work two full days and your bloody exhausted and upset about that?
Come on seriously? Try working seven days straight in the emergency room of a hospital. I’ve met some cool people that do that and it’s way bloody harder that sitting in an office and staring at a computer screen for eight hours.
“Wednesday should be just as good as Monday was. If it’s not, Houston we have a problem”
There may be a bigger problem
If you don’t love Monday’s and hate Wednesdays, then there is something else going on. There should be a siren going off in your head telling you it’s time to make a change. The top 1% of successful people don’t hate these two epic days.
You have to realize that and stop thinking that’s it’s normal to hate on these two magical days where you get to work on your dream. When you get home from the office, that’s when you need to work on your side hustle.
If you come home from work pissed off because of what day of the week it is then you’ll have zero energy to put in work after hours on a pet project that could become your future. I get asked all the time how I find time to blog.
It’s not that hard guys and girls. I’m doing what I love so how could I not find the time? I’ve quit worrying about what day of the week it is and decided to live with passion 24/7.
“I’ve decided not to do crap that makes me pissed off, frustrated and lack motivation”
I’m not better than you I’ve just made different decisions. This post is not about me telling you how much of an amazing boy scout I am with some pretentious advice handed down from the “Oh great one, Tim Denning.” I’m not some guru that has all the answers.
What I am telling you is real simple if you’ll just break your own pattern of lying to yourself and get focused on what you want. What makes you feel on top of the world? Come on we all have at least one thing that gives us that feeling.
Find it and then use it to help you kick some ass in life. I’m tired of complainers and people that don’t take action. All the answers are out there you just have to go find them for yourself.
Sooking about the day of the week is for losers and nobody reading this fits into that category. I don’t write for losers; I write for people that want a better life and are looking for inspiration and strategies that will take them there.
I write for people that love Monday’s and don’t acknowledge this lame ass term called “hump days.” Get out there and show the world what you got. Throw your excuses in the bin and quit complaining. You’re so much more than you think you can ever be.
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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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