How to Find More Motivation for Everything!

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are tapped out when it comes to motivation, it may be time to dig deep and come up with some new resources. Everyone hits those spots when the daily effort leaves one tired and totally unmotivated, but there are ways to reboot motivation.

Here are a few to inspire you

See what works for you.

Music - Classical or jazz guitar, the sound of a single flute or cello, the energy of your favorite rock or country group, all can provide a way back from the doldrums. Find your favorites and turn up the volume.

A good book - If you are behind on your reading, head out to the library or a local bookstore and browse a bit. I always come away with way too many books, but they all get read and serve to make me think more.

A close friend - Call that friend who always listens, or the one that always makes you laugh and just sit and talk. Letting your thoughts and concerns out can ease stress and help you find new directions.

Memories - Think about the times you enjoyed most at home and at work. The trips, parties or dinners that you shared with your family, or the projects that were hard to put down because they were so challenging. Now look ahead, what could you be doing now that might be similar? Is it time for a family trip, or do you have a new job project that you want to try?

Examples of others - We all know a few people who never give up, who are always in there pitching. One of my friends broke so many bones on a trip that she had to wait to mend before she flew home. She waited, she mended, and now you would never know she had an accident as she bounds ahead with her grandchildren. That’s motivation worth copying!

Thoughts in the back of your mind - As we cruise through the day we may spot small tasks, ideas or topics that we want to explore. Start keeping a notebook and jot down those scraps of ideas as they pop up. As you read through them you may find yourself fleshing out a thought, looking for more information, and actually putting it into play. As the idea rolls forward, if it is a good one, it may amaze you down the road. That's motivation!

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