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Alex Somos

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In a previous blog article, I wrote about looking at unfulfillment as a motivator.

But what if you’re the type of person who waits for motivation to just...happen?

Reality check: unlike what they say, good things don’t generally come to those who wait.

When you’re in a vacuum, it’s hard to feel motivated. But the only way to leave that vacuum is to take a step out of it, and do something.

Big or small, that metaphorical step is a positive move forward. Why? Because it creates a sense of momentum which, compounded with a surge in energy, can go on indefinitely.

If you’re feeling stuck, unproductive and lacking in that motivational energy, consider doing one or both of the following things:

  1. Create a to-do list
    It may sound incredibly simple...because it is! Creating and updating your own to-do list is a great way to give you a sense of accomplishment. With each item you cross out, you not only get things done: you consequently become more optimistic about the likelihood of things going your way (versus waiting for things to happen). And that is a powerful motivator.
  2. Begin managing your time differently
    At the beginning of the year and for three months, I began documenting in 15-minute increments the things I was spending my time on. This wasn’t a make-work project: I simply wanted to prioritize my responsibilities and ensure my time was reflecting my personal values (such as giving back to my community locally and internationally).When I looked at the results, I felt a sense of accomplishment, alignment and also identified opportunities to manage my time more efficiently, thereby becoming more effective.
  3. Create a group or find an accountability partner
    To move forward purposely, I find it invaluable to work with an accountability partner who can encourage and keep me motivated.
  4. Find a professional coach
    It may cost you some money, but timely support and advice will help you identify the way forward and you get there faster.

Motivational quotes about…motivation

Still feeling stuck? I’ll leave the last word to some of the experts: successful people and organizations that never waited for motivation to just “hit” them:

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.—William B. Sprague

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.—Walt Disney Company

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.—Henry Ford

Little by little, one walks far.—Peruvian proverb

Now, get moving!

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