Let’s face reality, we have something we always need to do but for some reason, we don’t even try to do it at all, so what is the humane thing we do? ‘We Procrastinate’
Because we don’t feel motivated enough to do the task at hand.
Does this sound familiar? Some days you may feel like check-listing your entire week’s to-do list, and other days you can’t seem to get up the energy to get off of the couch and turn off that anime/series you are watching on Netflix.
Why is that? The feeling of motivation changes and evolves as we go through life. There are things that can stir up feelings of motivation, and that make it easier to make progress toward our goals.
Just like how you have ambitions and dreams, you have motivation inside you and something ( feeling ) that stirs up that motivation. It might be from reading an article on how a 19-year-old bagged a Microsoft Interview or listening to a motivational speech 🎤
Sir Isaac Newton 👨🏫 in his 1st law of motion
“A body continues in its state of rest, unless acted upon by a force.”
But what does this have to do with motivation… chillax 😅 let’s take a scenario when you sit down and start binging the latest series on Netflix. Once you get in that zone, it becomes more difficult to get out of it. ( is that not true 🌚 )
Now let’s use this law to our advantage, let’s assume we want to code for an hour, starting out might be hard but with time you get in that zone and it would become more difficult to get out ( especially when you pass all your test cases )
you tend to spend more than the intended hour coding. Once you get moving, you will begin to get into the flow of things and the momentum builds.
Setting new goals.
Write down what you want to achieve next week, next month, and next year. Tackle one goal at a time As the saying goes
“ Nature doesn’t rush the process yet everything is accomplished.”
Don’t take up too much work so you don’t get overwhelmed
keep the momentum up 🔼.
Just like the 21/90 rule “It would take 21 days to make a habit and 90 days for that habit to be a permanent lifestyle change.” so keeping the momentum helps and it will feel more automatic over time.
Eat the Ugliest Frog First
I started reading a book called "Eat that Frog" by Brian Tracey it is a great book and I recommend you read it when you are chanced.
“If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.”
The book talked about solving your Biggest or Hardest problem (The Ugly Frog(S)) first before going for the little ones as he called them "Tadpoles". So let us imagine you have a to-do list of different things you want to accomplish the next day, the goal is to identify the task that you know if you spend at least 30min to an hour solving or doing can change your life drastically in the future. It can be from practicing the piano every morning to Meditating before you start your day to reciting a mantra to get you pumped up, these are potential frogs you can eat. Solving or fulfilling these problems/tasks gives you the feeling of accomplishment hence motivating you to take up more tasks without having the feeling of work behind it.
Remember Your "Why"
This is probably the most powerful strategy. When you just aren’t feeling that your efforts are being successful and you are ready to give up, remember your ‘Why’.
Your reason ‘why’ should be powerful enough to keep you moving on the darkest of days. If it’s not that powerful then you need to re-evaluate and find a way that will keep you moving forward. If imposter syndrome isn’t enough to get you to turn off Netflix, then maybe your why isn’t strong enough. Then find a Stronger WHY that is bigger than your Biggest Excuse.
In the end, you are the one who has the power to determine what feeling you are going to give attention to. Would the feeling of "lack of trying to" take over ? Or you would fight back and find your motivation 💪.
“Jumping over centuries In one step is quite an impossible task, if you jump too high or far, You’ll be way too late.”
Hence one step at a time and you will reach your goal.
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