I want to talk about a problematic phrase that all of us (including myself) tend to use: “I don’t feel motivated.”
We’ve all been in that situation where we don’t feel motivated. We just don’t want to do work, it’s way too much effort. It’s not uncommon for me to find myself in a situation like that, I believe that feeling unmotivated is just human nature.
How do people like Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss get so much work done then, you may ask? Well, it’s simple. The only difference between a person who overcomes obstacles and one who doesn’t is the way they deal with it. Your actions can change your outcomes.
For this reason, every time I find myself in an unmotivated state, I remember the words of Jordan Syatt when he appeared on The Ground Up Show podcast. He said that motivation doesn’t come primarily, so the first step you need to do is action. Doing action first gets you some sort of result. Once you see that result, you’d automatically be motivated to do more.
I would even go as far to say that you don’t need motivation to do work, it’s the other way around. You should create positive feedback first, by doing work, and then use that work to drive your future motivation-starved self.
So the next time you find yourself saying “I don’t feel motivated” or “I don’t feel like doing this”, stop yourself and change your words to “I will do this work for only 45 minutes”. Give yourself a set time frame where you’d work diligently, and use that work as proof that you are a hard worker.