How To Motivate Yourself When You’re Not Feeling It


I wasn’t feeling it today.

I started my day in a slump and I didn’t know what was wrong. My energy was very low and I didn’t want to do anything today.

But that’s not really an option.

If you’ve faced this situation before, here’s how to motivate yourself quickly and get back on track:

Focus On Relief

Your first reaction may be to “fix the problem”. What you focus on expands, so focusing on any problem will cause it to grow.

Instead, focus on feeling better. If you feel BLAH then ask yourself how you can feel better right now? If you need to laugh, go on Youtube or Facebook. If you need to move, turn on your radio. If you need to relieve stress, go to the gym. Just don’t try to mask your feelings by eating, that creates a bad emotional habit.

Tune Out Distractions

As much as you can, disconnect mentally from what’s going on outside of yourself. Even if you can only accomplish this for five minutes, you need to silence everything that’s competing for your attention. You don’t have to allow your environment to dictate your mood and influence your vibration. Use your mind to control your focus.

Feed Into Yourself

Go back to your list of goals and remind yourself why your actions are so important. What is it you’re working toward?

Creating a vision board will help for days like this. I no longer use them – I prefer to write a vision statement instead. Either way, seeing pictures and visualizing what you really want will cause you to hone in on continued good feelings and spark your motivation.

Also, remember that you get what you think about. So thinking thoughts that make you feel good, then thinking about your goals, helps to draw those things to you and leads to their manifestation into your life.

Another option is to journal. Write about how you’re feeling, affirm yourself, and list the things that you’re grateful for.

Ask For Support

I could not keep going on bad days if it weren’t for my accountability buddies, Patrenia and Susy. We are comrades on the quest to freedom so they understand the depth of “not feeling it” when the goal is financial and time freedom.

Identify the people in your life who support your goals and offer positive advice when you need it. Don’t make the mistake of relying on a naysayer to support you… you don’t need the negativity.

The flip side of this is that you must be willing to support others in their time of need as well. That keeps the circle going and sustains the community you’re building around your dreams.

Did I leave anything out? What are other ways you use to motivate yourself to keep going, when you’re not feeling it?