What do you want to do first when you come home from work? What to do to start exercising? Is it working on a new side? Or is it a new musical instrument mastered? I really bet cash that you don’t want to do either of those things. In fact, it is very possible that you want to do the opposite instead – and this is to slip into your home clothes, jump into a comfy chair and dive into an exciting show on Netflix or browse social media.
What a normal person wants to do after a hard day’s work. Unfortunately, it is clear that neither of those things will improve your life in any regard. Luckily, it is possible to quit this lazy habit, so that you don’t get caught in a mediocre swamp for the rest of your life. And to make it all happen is a bit of an “attitude adjustment”.
Some “chutzpa” is needed for your inspiration so you can go
Once a person completes a task, the natural inclination is to relax. But the problem is that just because the body wants to take it easily does not mean that the work is done – and it is a feeling to which we can all relate.
Unfortunately, this is a never ending problem that requires the right strategy to deal with. Otherwise, each day you will do the same old thing. And it is for the human body to give lazy and child-like feedback systems. And if you just let your body determine all its functions, well, it’s just to look for junk food all day and encourage Netflix bings. It is clear that this is a quick way of a sad and depressed life. So let’s plunge this issue into the bud.
“There is no limit to what you can think, except that you leave your limits according to your thinking.” – Brian tracy
Motivation nowadays lacks any “edge”
Humans are wired to drown in routine and comfort. This is a way for us to conserve energy so that we can keep it towards useful things (like avoiding tigers). But we do not live like our ancestors, and it is clear that we do not need such traits in modern settings. Yet despite our lack of this trait… it is not going anywhere. We are always looking for the path of least resistance, instant gratification and maximum comfort. Even if it means that we must sacrifice our future success, happiness, and because of that, perfection.
How to Add Sharpness to Your Favorite Motivation Strategy
The only way to get out of our lazy haze is to influence some electricity in our ways of inspiration. It has become something that really stops us and thinks what we want to do at any given moment. That way we don’t just default to laziness – instead, our brain actually does some cost / benefit analysis of whether it’s actually better to binge Netflix for a few hours after work.
I have adopted some of the most popular motivation strategies and have given them some edge so that they work more effectively on FAR to take action on your goals. I suggest you give them a shot. If your first habit when you get home from work is to kick back and relax the moment you enter the door.
1. Exchange SMART Goals for SMARTS Goals
While SMART goals are good for clarity and direction, they are lacking when it comes to motivation. But if you add an extra “S” at the end, you’ve got a “wager” in the mix. Suddenly, your new SMARTS goal will inspire you to take action as quickly as possible.
Here are some ideas for you to go with it, you can use these as a springboard so that you can easily create your own variety:
- If you succeed at your goal, you eat at a good restaurant. If you fail, you get to eat a whole raw grape (I hate grapes so change it to whatever works for you).
- If you succeed at your goal, you get somewhere to travel at the end of a week. If you are unsuccessful, you have met the volunteer as a roadside garbage picker.
- If you succeed at your goal, then you get to see a film for which you are excited. If you fail, you’ve got to see a boring documentary on a subject that you’re not interested in.
you get the idea. Just pick something on both sides of the motivation spectrum and you’ll be good to go with your SMARTS goals.
2. Remember also your “big why” and your “dark why”
People like to talk about the major reasons that are motivating them to take action:
“For my family.”
“To leave a legacy.”
“To do something amazing.”
And it’s all well and good. But people have a “dark” side to them, and this side does not pretend to be basically denied. We are people with negative feelings.
And this is a big mistake. Negative emotions have a lot of power because they can create action. This action can sometimes be undesirable, but it can also be directed towards the goals you want to accomplish.
Jealousy can inspire you to improve your physique. Anger can push you to increase income from one side of the movement. And even gluttony can prompt you to exercise more (sometimes when I know I’m a bad eater, I’ll already “even get it out”) .
It is about finding a productive outlet for negative emotions. So instead, one of us rejects the normal, human part, find a way to use it to make good in our lives and make it even better.
“Keep your heart, mind, intellect and soul, even for your small tasks. This is the secret of success. “- Swami Shivanand
3. Collaborate with people who are successful but don’t ignore people you don’t like
Think of someone in your life who you do not want. It can be an incompetent parent. An unfair or lazy boss. Or some kind of immoral leader. As long as this person brings a sense of shame and hatred, you get a good mark.
Got your person? Best. The next time you feel your lack of upbringing … or being lazy after work habits … or your managerial style of being embarrassing about this person. Think how disturbing their actions are and how you are “toe the line” of being like them. Once you do this, you will immediately find yourself changing your actions so that you do not become like them.
This is actually a very powerful motivational technique because it creates both emotion and action in you. And such a combination is sure to keep you moving forward so that you can achieve your goals more effectively.
Remember that when it comes to motivation, the goal is not to feel good or motivated – it is to take action on your goals. This is the only goal. And does the source of that motivation make you feel positive or makes you worry… does it really matter? The results are the name of the game in life. And with these “dark” tactics, I would expect my own life as it would lead to greater motivation and success.