How to Create Your Own Motivation

Have you ever noticed that when you feel very motivated to do something, no obstacles can keep you from completing your task? But when you don’t feel that same motivation, almost anything can keep you from it. “I can’t find a parking spot.” “I missed the bus and even if I catch the next one, I’m only going to have time for half my workout.” “I have to reorganize my spices in alphabetic order.” Yeah, like that’s a priority.

So what’s the difference between those two mindsets? In the finisher mindset, when you are debating whether or not to complete the task, you take the side of completing it. When you recognize that there is an obstacle, you find a solution. You don’t create your own objections.

If you're past the point of debating with yourself and you feel completely stuck, don’t even stop to reason. Remove thought, and do. Take the first step. Put on your shoes. Crack the book.

But if you do find yourself in an argument with...yourself…pick the side that wants to clear the path. As Dory says in Finding Dory, “There is always another way.”

What’s the greatest obstacle you’ve overcome to complete a task? What’s your lamest excuse for not doing something? Tell me in the comments!

P.S. My lamest excuse for not going to the gym was not wanting to lose a good parking spot in front of my apartment in San Francisco. And I also reorganized my bookshelf according to the Dewey Decimal System because I didn't want to write a paper. 

   It's Saturday night and I had a long day at work. When I got to the gym I realized I forgot my sneakers. I forgot my sports bra. Google Drive wouldn't load my program on my phone. And I still worked out. What's your excuse?

It's Saturday night and I had a long day at work. When I got to the gym I realized I forgot my sneakers. I forgot my sports bra. Google Drive wouldn't load my program on my phone. And I still worked out. What's your excuse?