What Is Motivation? Part -2


II. How to Get Motivated and Take Action

Many people struggle to find the motivation they need to achieve the goals they want because they are wasting too much time and energy on other parts of the process. If you want to make it easy to find motivation and get started, then it helps to automate the early stages of your behavior.


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Schedule Your Motivation

During a conversation about writing, my friend Sarah Peck looked at me and said, "A lot of people never turn around to write because they're always thinking about when they're going to write." The same can be said about lifting.

If your workout doesn't usually have a time that doesn't come, then every day you will awaken the thought, "I hope today I will feel inspired to practice."

If your business doesn’t have a marketing system, you’ll find yourself working through your fingers to find a way to get the word out (along with everything else you need to do).

If you don't have time to write every week, you'll find yourself saying, "I need to find the will to do it."

An article in The Guardian summarizes the situation, saying, "If you waste resources trying to decide when and where to work, you will lose the ability to do the job."

Setting up a schedule for yourself may seem easy, but it keeps your decision autopilot with a set of goals and a place to stay. This makes it more likely that you will follow, regardless of your level of motivation. And there are plenty of research studies on the willpower and motivation to back up that statement.

Stop waiting for inspiration or inspiration to hurt you and set a schedule for your habits. This is the difference between professional and amateur. Professionals set a schedule and keep it closed. Amateurs wait until they get their inspiration or inspiration.

How to Get Motivated (Even When You Don't Feel Like It)

How do some of the world's leading artists inspire themselves? They don’t just set the schedule, they create the events.

Tuila Tharp is widely regarded as one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of modern times. In his best-selling book, Creative Habit (Audiobook), Tharp discusses the role he played in his success, or the game's predecessors:

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I start each day of my life with a ceremony; I woke up at 5:30 in the morning, put on my workout clothes, warmers on my legs, my sweatshirt and my hat. I walk outside my Manhattan home, take a taxi and tell the driver to take me to 91st Street and to the Pumping Iron Gym on First Avenue, where I work out for two hours. Formality stretches and not weight training, I put my body in the gym every morning; The event is a cab. I finished the ritual at the moment where the driver had to go.

It’s a common task, but practice it the same way every morning - it makes it repetitive, easy. This reduces the chances of avoiding it or doing it the other way around. This is one more item in the arsenal of my routines, and one more thing to think about.

Many other famous creatives also have rituals. In his popular book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, author Mason Kerry notes that many of the world’s greatest artists follow a consistent schedule.

Maya Angelou went there to write about renting a local hotel room. He arrived at 8:30 in the morning, wrote until 2:00 and then went home to do some editing. He never slept in a hotel.

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chavan writes from 10pm to 3pm every week

Haruki Murakami got up at 4am, wrote five hours, and then ran.

The work of top creatives does not depend on inspiration or motivation, rather it follows a consistent pattern and routine. Here are some examples of how you can apply manners and routines to get inspiration:

Practice more consistently: Use the same warm-up routine in the gym.

Be more creative: Follow a creative style before you start writing or painting or singing.

Start each day stress-free: Make a five-minute morning meditation ritual.

Better sleep: Follow a "power down" routine before bed.

The power of a behavior, or what I like to call a pre-game routine, is that it provides a silly way to start your behavior. This makes it easier to start your practice and means it is easier to follow consistently.

The key word of any good practice removes the need to decide: what should I do first? When should I do it? How should I do this? Most people never move because they can't decide how to get started. You want to start a behavior to be easy and automatic so that you have the power to finish it when it becomes difficult and challenging.

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How to Make Motivation a Habit

There are three simple steps you can take to build better rituals and make motivation a habit.

Step 1: A good pre–game routine starts by being so easy that you can’t say no to it. You shouldn’t need motivation to start your pre–game routine. For example, my writing routine starts by getting a glass of water. My weightlifting routine starts by putting on my lifting shoes. These tasks are so easy, I can’t say no to them.

The most important part of any task is starting. If you can’t get motivated in the beginning, then you’ll find that motivation often comes after starting. That’s why your pre–game routine needs to be incredibly easy to start.

For more about the importance of getting started, read this.

Step 2: Your routine should get you moving toward the end goal.

A lack of mental motivation is often linked to a lack of physical movement. Just imagine your physical state when you're feeling depressed, bored, or unmotivated. You’re not moving very much. Maybe you’re slumped over like a blob, slowly melting into the couch.

The opposite is also true. If you’re physically moving and engaged, then it’s far more likely that you’ll feel mentally engaged and energized. For example, it’s almost impossible to not feel vibrant, awake, and energized when you’re dancing.

While your routine should be as easy as possible to start, it should gradually transition into more and more physical movement. Your mind and your motivation will follow your physical movement. It is worth noting that physical movement doesn’t have to mean exercise. For example, if your goal is to write, then your routine should bring you closer to the physical act of writing.

Step 3: You need to follow the same pattern every single time.

The primary purpose of your pre–game routine is to create a series of events that you always perform before doing a specific task. Your pre–game routine tells your mind, “This is what happens before I do ___.”

Eventually, this routine becomes so tied to your performance that by simply doing the routine, you are pulled into a mental state that is primed to perform. You don’t need to know how to find motivation, you just need to start your routine.

If you remember the article on the 3 R’s of Habit Change, then you may realize that your pre–game routine is basically creating a “reminder” for yourself. Your pre–game routine is the trigger that kickstarts your habit, even if you’re not motivated to do it.

This is important because figuring out what you should do next is often too much work when you don’t feel inspired. When faced with another decision, you will often decide to give up. However, a pre-game routine solves that problem because you know what to do next. There is no need to debate or decide. Lack of inspiration is not an issue. You just follow the patterns.

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