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How to Feel Motivated When You Aren't


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See if you can relate to the following; It's morning. After a long and restful sleep, you all of a sudden hear the sound of something invading the amazing peace you found throughout the night. It's your alarm clock! It happens to be ringing so loud you just want to pick it up and throw it across the bedroom. The day has finally arrived. The big meeting is happening in just two hours and you realize that you have so much to do to get yourself ready for what could indeed be a life-changing event. You've been preparing for this for weeks and it's finally here.

How do you feel about the upcoming event that is now just hours away? While it all looks good on paper, if you have to be honest with yourself...the emotions you are feeling connected with the event are an entirely different story. As you survey your thoughts about today, a door seems to slam shut in your face, figuratively...not literally. You realize that you just aren't motivated or even the least bit excited about the day that is in the process of getting started. Motivation is the key word here and you just don't have any! "I just don't feel like it!", you say over and over to yourself. "If I'm going to get this done and get through it, I'm going to have to find some energy somewhere and at least pretend that I care. This isn't good, it just isn't good!"

Does this sound familiar? So many times we'll reach a place in life where we just aren't motivated to take the next steps that appear before us. The question then becomes; how do we move forward in a positive way if we don't really feel like it?

#1 - You're only human
We aren't here to feel totally psyched about everything all the time. If we did it just might be that we aren't being totally honest and in touch with ourselves. To not feel totally into everything you're supposed to be into is OK. That's life.

#2 - Be kind to yourself in the midst of feeling negative
Give yourself a break and understand that the lows in life are equally important as experiencing the highs in life. It is often said that to experience happiness we also must experience unhappiness from time to time otherwise how could we truly know what real happiness is? We live in a world of duality so as long as we create a healthy balance between the two, all is good.

#3 - Do you believe that you can indeed be positively motivated about the issue at hand?
Life is about learning how to convert negatives into positives. The only way that will happen is if you believe and are willing to take the steps to get there. If you don't want such a shift to occur or if you happen to have a deep-seated belief that it's just not possible...then it's just not possible!

#4 - Just do it!
Figure out what it will take for you to feel motivated once again. Consider the possibility that it might not be as difficult as you think. For example; what are the three positives you can find in the midst of the negatives concerning the situation? There usually are at least three. You might have to dig deep to find them but they are usually there just waiting for you to discover them. Focus on the positives you've found, feel what they feel like within you and that alone can make the shift you need to make it through the task at hand.

#5 - You've got the power
We often forget just how incredibly powerful we truly are. Are you a victim of life's highs and lows or are you a creator and willing participant in your life? The "True You" knows that answer to that question.

You are an amazing person and you came here to prove to yourself that you are just that. When you happen to forget how amazing you truly are from time to time, realize that remembering is just around the corner. Clouds are always temporary and can only obscure the light of a clear day for so long.

Feeling motivated or the lack thereof is a choice. The same energy it takes to feel a lack of motivation is the same energy it takes to feel totally motivated. You are in control. Make the choices in life to serve you in a positive and productive way. Even if your mind-chatter of an ego tries to convince you otherwise. Feel your power, believe in yourself, do it!


Robert Landau

Robert Landau

Motivational Speaker Robert Landau, has delivered over 3,200 Keynote Presentations in over 20 countries in his 15 year speaking career. Robert is also a results-oriented Certified Life Coach that works with individuals and businesses to help facilitate positive and lasting change. An accomplished Actor in New York City, then a celebrated international Cruise Director for 10 years with 300 ports of call on 400 cruises with major cruise lines, Robert also makes many appearances on radio and television broadcasts such as the world-wide HLN/CNN Cable News Networks. Robert is also the published author of three books. CONNECT Website - Email - Facebook Page -

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