Are you finding it hard to get motivated day in and day out? Do you feel like you're going in circles rather than moving your life forward? Well stop with the negativity for goodness sake! Getting pumped up for each day is actually a lot easier than you'd think. When you find yourself in a motivation crisis, consider the following exit strategies.
Take a Cold Shower
It's painful, like needles against your skin, but it's also a great natural caffeine source. The feeling of ice cold water against your skin will immediately accelerate your heart rate and make you feel awakened and edgy—not edgy in a bad way but more of an anticipatory kind of edginess. The first time you try it you'll be lucky to last a full minute. The more you do it, the easier it will become until you're eventually doing it for five minutes. This should help you out in the motivation department. At the very least, it will raise your testosterone and competitive spirit for the day.
Whisper "Come ons" to Yourself Like a Tennis Player
If you've watched a pro tennis match in the past 5-10 years, you've probably noticed a number of players shouting "come on" during the match. This isn't only intended as a means of psyching out the opponent. It's been proven to improve the mental fortitude of a player, helping them get better motivated and turn their game around when playing poorly—and yes, it does mess with the opponent a bit. The next time you're feeling lethargic or lackadaisical, give yourself a quiet little come on and maybe thrown in a fist pump.
Think About Love Ones
Sorry to get deep for a hot second, but when I think about the people I love it gives me extra motivation to accomplish things. This could be your parents, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or close friends. Anyone who would be delighted by you succeeding is worth reflecting upon when you need motivation. If you want to take it to another level, think about how your ancestors survived plagues, persecutions, and saber-toothed tigers to get you here. Okay, now I'm getting carried away. You get the point though.
Take Up Part-Time or Freelance Projects
In addition to your full-time work, take on a project or two on the side. There's no better way to improve your motivation than by having a bunch of tight deadlines to meet, plus it helps you become better disciplined, expands your skill set, and widens your professional network.
If you're really looking for motivation, why not try all four?! Yes, the old fashioned quad-fecta. Or if you're under 25, get married right away and have a baby, that's the ultimate motivation for you to go out and achieve.