11 Powerful ways to motivate yourself, right now. And grab life by the horns
So much to do; not enough to; so little we're achieving; how little we care. Regardless, we're not really alive when we're not feeling motivated.
When we do, oh how things seem to move with us, instead of against us. I thought it would be nice to put together some
of the most powerful ways myself and others have found to very quickly get fired up.
Here are 11... 1. Have fun. Device to have fun, right now, with whatever you're doing. Make a game of it. Just making this decision will motivate you.
2. Act your character. How you act is who you become. Don't try, just BE who you want to be.
3. Sit with yourself. Do nothing, breathe, and watch yourself as an observer for awhile. After a while you'll feel a positive change inside.
4. Clean up. Tidy up and de-clutter your surroundings. Environment has a huge influence, and the less distracting and dirty it is, the better you'll feel.
5. Use your imagination. Make the most of your power to visualize a motivated life, and your motivation will follow.
6. Lose face. Give yourself permission right now not to care about what others think of you. Instead turn you attention to making others feel good about themselves.
Your life will change if you can do this more consciously. 7. Ask yourself questions. Questions do well to awaken the mind.
Here are two: What is good in my life? What is there still yet to be done? 8. Reframe your problems
Every solution has a problem. Begin to see the opportunities created by your problems.
9. Take baby steps. Break down what you need to do in to little steps. Make the first step tiny. Walking is easier once you've started.
10. Brainstorm. Get out a pen and write a goal or something you want in your life at the top of the page, and a list of 1 to 20. Write out 20 ideas for attaining it. Do this as
much as you like. Instant motivation. 11. Do something badly. Don't wait until you're perfect to take on a challenge, big or small. Laugh at how bad you are at something, enjoy
it, and see how you change.
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  • http://twitter.com/JayKaushal Jay Kaushal

    Great Article Alex. Very valid points that you have raised. Above all, the drawings/illustrations are complementing the article.

  • PetravanBerkum

    Very nice article, I love how positive it is! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/MoonApe Alex Mathers

    I appreciate that Jay, thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/MoonApe Alex Mathers

    Thank you!

  • Armeen Kapadia

    Great article. Love the illustrations!

  • Wilson

    love step 11!

  • http://twitter.com/MoonApe Alex Mathers

    thanking you!

  • http://twitter.com/paradisenauts paradisenauts

    lovely way to put things!

  • http://twitter.com/zyhr Rhyza Reyes

    It’s such a great feeling to find someone who gets you. Thanks for this post.

  • alex

    # 8, so important – thanks for sharing this whole concept!

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  • Nik Jones

    Very inspiring Alex, as always. I’m going to do ALL of them this week.

  • http://twitter.com/MoonApe Alex Mathers

    Good things, Nik!

  • http://www.madalynsklar.com Madalyn Sklar

    Great article! Love how I just stumbled upon it. Keep rockin’!

  • http://twitter.com/wearespiralling Stephen James

    Really nicely presented, I love this, thank you!

  • rebecca

    Very inspiring, that’s what I need (expecially n.1). Thanks a lot!

  • Alex Mathers

    sure thing!

  • Alex Mathers

    thanks Stephen!

  • Alex Mathers

    my pleasure!

  • Stacey

    Wow. I think this is the best, and most practical guide to motivation I have come across! I like the way you started with ‘have fun’! I personally love hearing success stories as well, and the book ‘The Audacity of Success’ (found at the site with the same name) is outrageously motivating as well :) What I found I lacked was ‘making a decision’, no matter what the goal and not being ‘clear focused’ as a result. I enjoyed the playfulness of the post. It’s definitely going on my wall! God bless!!

  • Alex Mathers

    Brilliant to hear that, Stacey! I will look into reading the book too. All the best

  • Ahamdi Okpara

    Mind Step 11. This is what will make all the other steps worthwhile.

  • http://www.thepetedesign.com/ Pete R.

    This is written in a way that everyone can easily get in to. The illustrations made it even easier to digest. :) Great job!

  • Alex Mathers

    Thanks Pete!

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  • http://jardleyjean-louis.com/blog/ Jardley Jean-Louis

    Found this post today. Glad I did

  • nedux

    This is not just a simple to do list to stay motivated, it teach character; and very elegantly, in 11 steps.

  • Alex Mathers

    Nicely put :)

  • Yaga Baba

    Thats the one I am not entirely understand…

  • Yaga Baba

    Alex, hour help is priceless!

  • Ahamdi Okpara

    Hi Yaga, Step 11 is the ACTION step. If you don’t move, you won’t know if you can or cannot do something. You may not succeed but that is all the reason why you should try – to discover and understand what to do next and the earlier we discover our potentials and even weaknesses the better for us. We learn from mistakes so Step 11 is encouraging us not to be afraid of mistakes. From our mistakes we can go back to the drawing board and try at it again. A lot of people who are successful professionals today thought they would never get to that place. But before you try anything, check the level of risk so that you don’t get hurt (maybe something that’s physical). If it’s something that’s very risky and you are in doubt, ask for help. I hope this helps.

  • Alex Mathers

    very well said, Ahamdi, thank you

  • Ahamdi Okpara

    My pleasure Alex!

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  • jagadeesh

    lovely motivations…

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  • Janet MacCallum

    Great post. Making others feel good about themselves is definitely important :)

  • Alex Mathers

    Thanks Janet!

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  • http://twitter.com/pgpfineart pgpfineart

    really well said

  • http://twitter.com/pgpfineart pgpfineart

    its funny, ive been convincing people im a wizard and through this you totally outed me hahahaaa its fantastic when you can see you’re not alone, turn on tune in get it done

  • http://www.selfgrowthjunkie.com/ Sean Purdy

    Hi I really like the originality of this post with the drawings…great work, made me want to keep reading until the end.

    Check my post on motivation:


    The video will really inspire you!

  • http://www.goalsontrack.com Harry @ GoalsOnTrack

    Great post! Love the pictures!

  • http://webdesigntranslate.com/ Manuela Langella

    I love this one. All true. It’s important to focalize ourselves: little steps, but every day.

  • Shyra Vega

    This is simply a lovely thing.

  • Alex Mathers