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When you have too much going on in your life, it’s easy to lack energy and motivation.  Learning how to increase your motivation when you’re stuck in a rut and feel trapped is important if you want to make confident progress on your goals.  If you’re struggling to find motivation and want to get your energy back, this article shares 10 tips on how to get motivated.

There are some simple tips you can use to increase your motivation when you lack energy or feel overwhelmed.  When you have too much to do and lack direction, it’s easy to lose motivation.

When you don’t feel energised and excited you won’t feel motivated.  The key to getting and staying motivated is to get clear on your goals, find your inspiration and spend more time doing what you love to do.

When you get excited and make your work enjoyable it’s easier to get motivated and stay motivated.  When you find your purpose and have a clear direction in life you’ll feel motivated about what you’re doing.

10 tips to get motivated   

Here are 10 tips on how to get motivated and stay motivated.

1. Find inspiration 

It is important to find inspiration to get motivated when you have too much going on and feel stuck.  You can get inspired when you celebrate success, connect with your goals, and find your passion.  You can also get inspired and motivated by talking about your goals with someone.

To improve your motivation, look for inspiration anywhere you can get it.  Find books or inspirational talks that motivate you to take action.  Talk with a friend or coach about your future dreams and aspirations.  When you feel inspired about your past, present and future you’ll want to take action on the things that matter.

2. Get excited 

When it comes to increasing motivation, attitude is everything.  When you feel positive and excited you’ll feel more motivated to take action.  To get motivated, find the reasons and purpose behind everything you do.

To get and stay motivated, examine your motivation and ask yourself some important questions about how you feel right now and how you want to feel in the future.  Focus on the things that excite and motivate you.  If you have a reason to get into action because it’s something you really want to do, you’ll start with excitement.  The best motivation is to do more of the things that get you excited and get you energised.

3. Get a coach 

To increase your motivation, get help and support when you’re feeling unmotivated.  If you’re struggling to find the motivation you need to take action and achieve your goals, a coach will help you increase your motivation.

Working with a coach will help you be mindful of your why and help you get clear on your goals.  Working with a coach will help you get inspired about what you’ve achieved in the past and get excited about what you can achieve in the future.

A coach will help you find the motivation you need to achieve your goals.  If you need help getting motivated, discover the benefits of working with an accountability coach.

4. Recognise your progress 

To get and stay motivated it’s important to acknowledge your past and recognise your progress.  When you feel happy and confident about what you’ve achieved in the past, you’ll feel more motivated to take action in the present.

When you change the way you think about the progress you’ve achieved you can set better goals to motivate yourself in the present.  Motivation comes from feeling positive and confident about yourself.  When you recognise your progress and set measurable objectives for the future, you’ll feel motivated about your future direction.

5. Find your passion 

Learning how to find your passion may not be easy, but if you find yourself lacking motivation, or find what you’re doing boring, it may be time to find your passion.  To get motivated, ask yourself what you’re passionate about now and what you want to be passionate about in the future.

When you have a clear purpose in life, it’s easier to get and stay motivated. When you’re passionate about something important you get inspired and excited about taking action.  To boost your motivation choose one thing you’re passionate about and take one action that excites you.

6. Surround yourself with positive people   

Even the motivated people can feel stuck and unmotivated at times.  When you try to take on too much and feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to lack motivation.  If you want to get and stay motivated it’s important to surround yourself with positive people.

When you surround yourself with positivity and listen to positive comments you can’t help but feel motivated.  Surrounding yourself with individuals who focus on the positive you’ll feel more confident and positive.

When you keep positive people close to you, you’ll be more motivated and inspired to set better goals and take action.

7. Find your focus  

We all feel motivated when we achieve results that are important to us.  To get motivated, it’s important to set clear goals and focus on the results you want to achieve.  Getting clear on what you want will reduce overwhelm and procrastination and allow you to focus on your biggest priorities.

When you choose a small number of goals and focus on them completely, you’ll feel more motivated.  Getting clear on the outcomes you want also builds energy and excitement and helps you get organised.

Read my simple tips on how to stay focused.

8. Set your goals  

The simplest way to get motivated is to set goals that inspire and motivate you.  When setting goals, choose goals that interest you and you find exciting and motivating.  Having goals that set a vision of who you want to be in the future will motivate you to take action.

With goals it is important to start small to give yourself the motivation to take action to achieve your goal.  If you don’t feel your goals are achievable, it’s easy to lose motivation and focus.  When you have too many goals, it can sap your energy, motivation, and focus.

Read my guide to effective goal setting.

9. Find your energy 

If you want to learn how to get motivated, focus your time on the activities that give you energy.  When you have too much to do and your goals are vague and unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same.

When you have greater clarity and purpose your motivation and energy will be higher.  To boost your motivation, make your work fun, find inspiration and get support.  To get motivated, find your purpose and get into action on the things that matter most.

10. Get committed 

Sometimes it can be challenging to find the motivation just to make a start.  If you feel stuck and unmotivated, make a commitment to take action on something important to you.  When you are committed you feel more capable and confident to take action.

To get motivated, choose one goal, or one action to get into motion.  When you get into motion you can build momentum and make progress on your goals.  Progress and momentum can help you increase your motivation.

Summing up 

You can get motivated and stay motivated when you find inspiration and get excited about your most important work.  When you have a deeper purpose and clear goals you’ll feel more motivated.

Motivation comes from experiencing higher levels of excitement and confidence.  To improve your motivation, spend more time on activities that excite you and give you energy. Use these motivation tips to help you stay motivated on the things that matter to you.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

How do you increase your motivation when you don’t feel motivated?

Let me know in the comments.

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About the Author

Mark Pettit is a time management coach and accountability coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  He provides time management coaching programs and accountability coaching programs to business owners and entrepreneurs in the UK, US and Canada.

Mark also writes about time management, productivity and goal achievement.  Each month, over 10,000 people read Mark’s articles to help them achieve their goals faster.

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