Life is more than just money. And energizing yourself can be done in multiple ways.
I will go through several of them so you get an idea of the methods out there. Mind you, though, that motivation is a rather personal concept. Hence I can only help you on a global level. Finding out what really motivates you, I cannot help you with. It's a personal journey that sometimes takes a long time to achieve.
Life will inevitably make you fail over and over again. You will make mistakes. Everybody does. But you must find the beauty in not willing to give up. Just keep trying and trying and trying.
There's a simple rule for this: if you refuse to give up, you must eventually succeed.
By taking a small 10 minutes each morning to walk around your block and think of the hardship you are facing, you can achieve this mindset. After all, what is an obstacle but a destraction from your goals?
Another thing that may motivate people is partaking in an activity that they enjoy a lot, before or while doing an activity they don't enjoy. A good example of this is coffee. If you enjoy good coffee, making a good cup of coffee right before you start working, can put you in the right mindset.
One of the most remarkable methods of provoking happiness and motivation is forcing a smile on your face. According to this article by the Scientific American, smiling can reinforce and even drive your emotions. So if you have to do something you don't like, just force that smile on your face. Make yourself smile thinking of that great beer you are going to devour when you get home or just smile because of the stupidness of the activity.
Running, as a sport, is a great way to feel happy. Ever heard of a 'runners high'? It is caused by the release of endorphins in the brain. These little opioid peptides literally 'pep you up' as they target the same part of the brain that a romantic relationship can trigger. You can read more about this in this article by the New York Times.
Yes, Love is the best antidepressant there is. So love more! That's really all there is to say about it. Spend more time with your loved ones or find a partner. More info here
Did you know that you can only get a mental burn-out if you don't like what you are doing? Let me repeat that:
Did you know that you can only get a mental burn-out if you don't like what you are doing?
It is actually impossible to lack energy when doing something you enjoy extremely.
Let me tell you a story of a guest-lecture I had by a millionaire. This millionaire had motivated many people over the course of his career. One of his main points was that: you must find that something that makes you tick. You must find your talent. That which makes you get up in the morning. That which keeps you going.
This multimillionaire was once giving this same lecture to a group of Engineers in NY and one of the Engineers objected: "Sir, I don't have any special talent. I just go to work and that's it." But the multimillionaire responded: That's impossible and I will prove to you why. Tell me of a time you were proud of yourself! The Engineer thought for a moment and then shared the following story:
On one day I came home from work and I found my car totally destroyed at the front. I was very upset because I had just gotten it repaired a few days back. I didn't want to go back to the repair shop again, so I decided to fix it myself. I pushed the car into my garage and took out my laptop. I found all the blueprints of the exact model and then brought out all my tools. I ended up working on the car all night long. When morning struck, my car was repaired. I pushed it back outside and got in to drive to work. My neighbor came out and asked: "What happened? I thought I saw your car was destroyed yesterday?" The Engineer explained that he had repaired it himself and the neighbor was astonished.
The multimillionaire continued: "And did you go to work?". The Engineer responded: "Why of course, I felt so good about my accomplishment and I wanted to tell my colleagues about it". "But weren't you tired?", asked the multimillionaire. "I didn't even think about being tired at the time. No I don't remember being tired."
Now I ask you:
Do you think this was due to the Engineer's great set of tools or due to his passion and talent for working with mechanics? And why didn't the Engineer feel tired?
This real-life example is applicable to you too: you also have something that you are passionate about. Maybe you still need to find it, but everybody has it.
And when you find that which makes you tick, you will have much more joy and satisfaction in your life. And you will feel much more energized, just like the Engineer.
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Quick motivation can be gained by watching motivational movies. I can recommend the following:
You could, for example, watch a small YouTube movie every morning at breakfast.
The best motivation is self-confidence. And there's one book which is really great in giving you that (if you read it the correct way): The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. This book will, supposedly, take you on a journey in which you will find yourself and your motivation.
Just don't. Pondering about what could happen will not get you anywhere. Rather focus on the here and now. Enjoy moment to moment. Life's too short to live in the future.
No negative movies. No negative music. No negative activities. No negative people. No negative thoughts. Simply reject it and you will feel much happier!
As a final note:
Most important of all, remember that motivation, happiness, sadness, stress and all emotions are merely chemical reactions in your brain.
And you know what:
You can control those reactions!
It's all in your brain. You have the power to feel sad. You have the power to feel happy. It's merely a game of mindset. You set your mind to happy, you are happy.
And eventhough that last lesson seems useless, if you learn to control it, it's the best method there is.
Good luck. We all know you can do it. And deep down inside you know yourself that you are powerful beyond measure. You can make it. You already have all the weapons you need. Now go and fight!