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How to Motivate Yourself When You Don’t Feel Like it! | Challenge Your Vision
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You know that feeling after you’ve had a disappointment or have experienced the ravages of self doubt?

Suddenly, you find yourself with an overwhelming desire to have a deep and close relationship with Netflix!!

Do you know what I mean?

Lost in Venice

That feeling reminds me of Venice and what happened during a recent trip there.

As we continued down a dark alley, I was becoming increasingly nervous. It seemed that all of Venice, Italy was a maze. They’re not joking when they say getting lost in Venice is a tourist attraction! 

As the minutes ticked by, I felt uneasy and unsure about what to do next. I don’t know about you, but when this happens to me, I lean toward inaction! I come to a full stop until I know what I need to do. Does this happen to you, too?

What I knew for sure is that I needed to figure out a way to get us back on track fast! I didn’t like this feeling of fear and dread.

FUN FACT: Did you know that Venice has over 400 bridges, and when seen from the air, looks like a mosaic of a fish?

Back to the point. At that moment, what I needed was some clarity, a little bit more courage and a way to make navigation easier, so that, I could stop fretting about being lost and refocus on moving in the right direction.

No, Google maps wasn’t working and neither was Waze. That’s the problem when you rely on other people or tech, sometimes, they’re unavailable right when you need them the most. We were going to have to figure this one out on our own. You could say we were highly motivated to get back to the hotel fast!

When the stakes are high, do you … figure it out, too?

The solution.

We took a moment to ask, “What would make navigation easier?” By the way, the right question at the right time can reveal the best answer. We regrouped, located our position on the map and realized that the street names changed at intersections!

No wonder we got lost! From there, I circled all the street names on our route back to the hotel, so we had the check-points we needed to make sure we were going the right way.

When you and I create check-ins or benchmarks to meet like that, we create certainty breaks that give us peace of mind.

A challenger said this

I realized, then, that getting lost in Venice was a great way to illustrate how you and I can motivate ourselves when we don’t feel like it. I call it, “Sparking your initiative!”

5 Ways to Spark Your Initiative

(In other words, how to motivate yourself.)

What makes taking the lead, being internally motivated, and well, sparking your initiative happen easier?

  1. Lower the Activation Energy – When you make it easier to begin, you take back control of your productivity. How can you make starting easier? Do you break it down into smaller pieces? Do you use a habit trigger? Do you choose the time when you are at your best?
  2. Make Action Necessary – When you make it necessary, you have a stronger motivation to act. So ask these questions: Why is it important to you? Who do you have to do it for? What will you lose if you don’t do it? Push that pain button!
  3. Stack Benefits – What would happen if you did this thing and how would it change your whole life? Yes! Our daily actions, over time, are who we become.
  4. Courage – What do you need to do to be brave? How would you feel when you completed the task? When you use your bravery, you become proud of who you are and how you show up in the world.
  5. Clarity NOW! – Figure out what the very next step is and do that immediately. You want to reduce the time between awareness and action. With practice, you can automate this sequence. Guess how easy it is to consistently take action when you’ve automated your clarity?!

Try these 5 ways to motivate yourself and see if they help you to lean into action that doesn’t involve using the remote control!

For it is in our actions that we show ourselves and the world who we are. I want to see you out there in the arena!

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With love and respect,

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