Inspiration & Motivation

Don’t Wait For Inspiration to Strike – Take Action Now

Motivation and inspiration are sparked as a result of action. Everyone procrastinates at times. It’s human nature. But there are several simple strategies that can lift your motivation to the next level to get yourself moving again.

The most successful people are able to harness the power of self-motivation. A high level of motivation will ensure that your work is done well and as quickly as possible. Choose one of these great ideas and take action!

25 Creative Techniques to Get Inspired & Motivated

  1. Start by doing something. Anything Any action itself inspires motion. How do you do that? By using the momentum of a project that you’re already engaged in, you’re able to use your current forward motion to encourage you to keep going. It’s the difference between the ‘carrot’ and the ‘stick.’  In the old classic analogy, to move a donkey forward (donkeys being stubborn creatures) you have two choices. One is to use a stick. In this case, the ‘stick’ is the old way of motivating ourselves, where we try to force ourselves into action by throwing a lot of “You must do this now” statements at ourselves. But in starting action first, we now switch over to the ‘carrot’ or the reward.

  2. Act ‘As-if’  – The idea behind this method is simple – you act like you’re already motivated, and amazingly, you’ll feel motivated. It’s kind of like making yourself smile when you’re not happy, only to find out once you’re smiling that you’re feeling happier.  Together these two tools will motivate you even when you’re not feeling inspired initially. Remember that action is the key. So act first – the motivation will follow. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

  3. Read Profiles of Successful People Don’t try to do everything on your own. Get inspiration from people who have gone through the pain and effort of what you want to accomplish. Use their success, and more importantly, their failures, to draw inspiration from.

  4. Watch TED Talks or Videos on YouTube Try to find videos that are inspirational or teach something. This is not about watching videos of cats playing with each other or doing other cute things. There are plenty of stories about people who have overcome adversity. This gets the creative process flowing.

  5. Make Lemonade out of Lemons Although a bit cliché, the message is clear. Turn problems into opportunities. You will never know until you try.

  6. Make Lists Pick up your journal, take time to brainstorm & make a list of inspirational people or creative ideas on your mind. Generate a list of those who you might model your next steps for bringing inspiration to life for yourself.

  7. Stop Waiting for a Sign! Too often, we find ourselves waiting for a sign to help motivate us or give us direction for what’s next in our life.  Stop waiting for a sign and take action!  Even the most experienced and successful people can use a little help getting motivated from time to time.

  8. Choose happiness –  It’s much easier to motivate yourself when you’re in a positive mood. Focus on the wonderful things in your life that fill you with gratitude. Cleaning out the garage won’t seem quite as daunting when you focus on gratitude and all-things-positive in your life.

  9. Learn how to be a finisher A trail of unfinished projects can dampen anyone’s enthusiasm to start another. If you can finish what you start, you’ll be more interested in taking on new tasks because you expect to be successful. Success breeds success.

  10. Expect mistakes The only people that don’t make mistakes are those who never do anything!  Mistakes can be very positive because you can learn from them. Use them to your advantage.

  11. Keep yourself grounded in the present If you’re worrying about the future or beating yourself up over the past, it’s challenging to get anything accomplished right now. If your mind is running wild, focus on your breathing for a few minutes.

  12. Focus on the result You’ll find it difficult to get started if you only focus on all the work that needs to be done. Focus on the result and you’ll feel much more motivated.

  13. Reward yourself You go to work every day because you know that a paycheck is coming your way. You probably wouldn’t go otherwise!  Before you start, think about a small but meaningful reward you can give yourself when your work is complete.

  14. Set a daily intention  Decide each morning what you want your day to be. Set an intention. You could draw an intention card each morning from a deck of daily intention cards others have created. Find an intention deck here to begin. You could also find this intention deck on the phone app called Deckible.  Get the free Deckible App to find & purchase digitized versions & use of 3 Think in Possibilities Decks.

  15. Read inspirational quotes Reading inspirational quotes by those who have achieved great success can be very motivating.  Do an internet search and spend a few minutes reading these great quotes, and you’ll be sure to experience an enhanced level of enthusiasm. Consider creating a list of quotes that you can keep nearby in case of an emergency.
  16. Consider the price of failure What is the price of failing to follow through? Make a list of the negatives. Some of us are more driven by pain than by reward -using both to your advantage can be powerful.

  17. Get some exercise If you’re feeling stuck, go for a brisk walk or a short run. Taking a short break every 60 minutes has been shown to increase productivity.  Keep your breaks short so you don’t get off track.

  18. Measure your progress Big goals or projects can take years to complete. Measuring your progress along the way is a great way to keep your spirits high. Set short-term goals to keep you focused.

  19. Brainstorm ideas Pick up your daily notes journal, take time to brainstorm possibilities – new travel destinations, great movies to see, restaurants to try, or social plans to make.
  20. Take action on 1 small task per day In 7 days, you will have completed 7 tasks and they will no longer weigh on you — and you will get momentum for continued action and motivation!

  21. Open Your Eyes to People Around You Sometimes people get so caught up in their day-to-day activities that they don’t see what others around them are doing. Many times, these other people are doing extraordinary things, and we can use them for our own inspiration. You can do this both at work and in your community. People are always doing amazing things. It just takes some observation to see it.

  22. Revisit Your Own Past Most people have accomplishments they have forgotten about. Try to remember what you have done in the past that excited and inspired you. Sometimes, just thinking about your past successes can inspire you for your present life.

  23. Keep a Journal You never know when your muse is going to pay you a visit. When you get an inspiring idea, if you don’t write it down, you will forget. It can be something as simple as a small notebook or journal with a pen attached. You could also use a smart device for this purpose. Carry something with you where you can jot down ideas.

  24. Rely on Hard Work Inspiration alone will not get much done. When you work hard at something, you will often find the work itself inspires you. People often find different ways to do things simply by performing the tasks in their job. Sometimes, they try something they haven’t tried before, and it works out in ways they would never have imagined. This only happens because they chose to work hard at their jobs.

  25. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone If you interrupt your brain from its normal way of thinking, it will think in ways you have never thought about before. Try to step outside your comfort zone. Do activities that you, and others, would not consider normal for you. When you do this, you are causing your brain to generate new neural pathways. It’s a great way to get inspired.