Hey friends, let's talk about the trap of motivation. How many times have you found yourself waiting for motivation to strike before you start a task? If you're like me, it's probably happened more times than you can count. But here's the thing: research shows that motivation doesn't come before action. Action is what inspires motivation. So, if you're waiting for that burst of motivation to get started, you might be waiting a long time.
But don't worry, I've got some tips to help you get out of the motivation trap and start taking action:
Tip #1: Try the smallest action to get started.
Sometimes, the hardest part of a task is just getting started. If you're feeling overwhelmed or lacking confidence, try starting with the smallest action possible. This could be something as simple as writing one sentence, sending one email, or making one phone call. Once you take that small step, you'll be amazed at how much easier it is to keep going.
Tip #2: Focus on the action only.
It's easy to get bogged down in the details of a task and start feeling overwhelmed. But instead of focusing on the big picture, try to focus on the action you need to take right now. Don't worry about what comes next or what you need to do after that. Just focus on the task at hand and take it one step at a time.
Tip #3: Watch a 3-minute how-to video to spark inspiration.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of inspiration to get us motivated. Watching a short how-to video can be a great way to learn something new, get a fresh perspective, and get inspired to take action. Watching someone else try something can help us feel motivated to try it ourselves. This phenomenon is known as social modeling, and it's a well-established concept in psychology. So, find someone you admire who has already achieved what you want to accomplish and let them inspire you.
Plus, you might pick up some helpful tips and tricks along the way.
But here's the thing: sometimes, even these tips won't be enough. Sometimes, we just need to take action even when we don't feel motivated. And that's okay. We don't have to feel motivated all the time. In fact, it's unrealistic to think that we will. The key is to keep taking action, even when we don't feel like it.
So, don't fall into the trap of waiting for motivation to strike. Take action, even if it's just a small step, and let the motivation follow. You've got this!