Have you heard of an idea that you could have an amazing day if you get up at the right side of the bed? (In Serbian we have an idiom “to get up at the right leg”.) Steve has upgraded this idea, saying that we actually need to get up “at the right side of the head”. What does it mean? Most of the people spend their whole life using mostly left brain hemisphere. Left hemisphere or left brain is the center of our logical reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Primary function of left brain is convergent thinking, solving algorithmic problems and processes. At contrary, right hemisphere is in the charge of creative, divergent thinking, and is often neglected. We don’t use it enough, which is a pity, for we are wasting our potential. We perform at our best when we use both hemispheres.
Recipe for success: when you find yourself being unmotivated or stuck, try to do something creative. Write, dance, paint, cook, rearrange your place. It doesn’t have to do anything with your current blocked situation and it doesn’t have to make any sense. Give it a try. It will get you unstuck from the left brain linear thinking and horizons will open to you. When two brains work together, motivation burgeons.
6. Make today a masterpiece (47)
(Carpe diem.) In other words, use the day. When we make our plans, we tend to look too far ahead. Like with marathon or any other huge goal, final outcome seems huge and it creates paralysis. Motivation is directly proportional to the importance that we attach to present. Today. If we take care of today, tomorrow will take care of itself. Get yourself out of the future, plunge into present moment.
Chandler says: “ Today is microcosm of your life. It is your life in miniature. You were ‘born’ when you woke up and you will ‘die’ when you go to sleep.” How awesome is that? Every day is a new chance. Use it. make today your masterpiece. Live one day at the time.
7. Do something badly (74)
This is big one! Awesome and contra-intuitive. We are often blocked with uncertainty that we can perform our task well. That is in the core of “writer’s block”. It’s not that writer cannot write, he is afraid that he cannot write well. The cure is simple: write badly. Don’t care about the quality, just write. It can be applied to a whole range of tasks. Are you procrastinating on an important mail? Write it badly. Sloppy. Just write it. You will unblock, your mental state will alter (and you’ll eventually realize that your ‘bad’ is actually not that disastrous). Steve uses an awesome quote: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” All the awesome ventures started with terrible first efforts. No, you won’t wake up one morning, sit down and write a novel. You need to have hundreds of lame attempts before it. So why don’t you start today? Check one small, sucky trial off your list!
8. Take ‘no’ for a question (82)
This is one of my favorites. Don’t consider ‘no’ as an answer, rather as a question. When you want something badly and it’s not happening, it means that Universe is asking you: “Can’t you be more creative than that?” Wow, I don’t know what to say, words are sufficient. This is powerful question that pushes you to be creative, think of new solutions, activate your right brain and shift your perspective. (Warning: Miracle on the way!)
9. Put more enjoyment in it (87)
“If you are not enjoying it, you are probably not doing it right,” says Chandler. So spice it up. Believe me, you truly can put enjoyment in everything that you do. Even in doing dishes and laundry. Be present, tune into your senses. Enjoyment happens in a present moment. If the thing you are struggling with is super-boring, try to challenge yourself to enjoy in doing it for 2 minutes. Play some great music, get rid of the clutter, make a nice atmosphere. And enjoy.
10. Keep walking (88)
This is another awesome way to get your right brain working. Rhythmic movement of a whole body enhances the connection between two brain hemispheres. When you feel unmotivated or stuck, go for a walk. Move. Human body is designed for moving, not for sitting in front of computer 12 hours a day. Repudiate cell phone or music, just walk without distractions. This will engage your whole brain and supply it with oxygen. New ideas on the way!
Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite ways of motivating yourself? Have you tried any of those? What do you do when you feel unmotivated? Please share in comments bellow.
P. S. Cookie of Wisdom: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar