3 Ways to Stay Motivated Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.”

~Author Unknown

Creating motivation is a skill. Your ability to motivate yourself is one of the most important skills you will need to cultivate, especially if self-motivation does not come easily.

The reality is that you may not always feel motivated; especially when you have tasks to do that are not particularly enjoyable.  Or the reward for what you’re doing seems to be a long way off.

So, how do you motivate yourself to get started, and how do you stay motivated? Let’s look at some strategies that have proven to be effective for others.

  1. The reward seems far off: We live in a ‘microwave generation’ where instant gratification is the norm. If you’re working on a project that has a future payoff, it can be challenging to stay motivated.
a. Make a list of the rewards or benefits you’ll receive upon completion of the task.
b. Write the practical, physical, or visible rewards.

c. Do not ignore the emotional Visualize how it will feel to accomplish what you set out to do. Write about how you will feel about yourself and the value you gain.d. Keep the list handy and refer to it whenever you feel your motivation begins to wane.

  1. Take the first step: Waiting for inspiration to get started is a mistake. It’s important that you do whatever it takes to get started.  You will be surprised to see how motivation will kick in once you take the first few steps and demonstrate that you’re taking action, no matter what.  Further, you may be so pleased with the feeling of satisfaction it gives you, that the task no longer seems as disagreeable as you thought it would.
  2. Schedule regular breaks: I recently had an experience that proved to me, at least, that when I know that I have the flexibility to take a break the task becomes less stressful. I was scheduled to watch a 3-hour program and felt it was going to be challenging to sit for so long.  The actual result was surprising. The presentations were very informative and inspirational. I took just one 5-minute break but I also stood up and moved around a bit, even as I listened and watched. The three hours actually felt shorter.

Whether it’s business or life in general, self-motivation is essential for creating the life that you want for yourself and others.  Developing this ability will enhance your feeling of accomplishment.  Remember, it starts with one step. You just have to take one small action, then another, and another.

How do you stay motivated even when you don’t feel like it?


Yvonne A. Jones
Yvonne A. Jones
YVONNE is a Personal Business Coach | Relationship Marketing Strategist| Amazon Best-Selling Author| International Speaker. She is the Founder of the 50 and Wiser Community on Facebook – a Group of women who want to DO more, GIVE more, and BE more. As a certified Strategy and Accountability Coach, she helps Entrepreneurs, Coaches, Consultants, and Small Business Owners eliminate limiting beliefs, create a business they love, and have fun doing so. Her favorite client is a highly-motivated woman 50 and Wiser who has been in business for approximately one year and is ready to empower herself and move to the next level. Yvonne’s background is in banking, Human Resources, administration, and Customer Service. At 52 years she handed in her resignation and walked away from Corporate America to start her own business full-time. She has experienced the joys and challenges of owning multiple businesses. She was listed on as one of the “Top 100 Most Social Customer Service Pros on Twitter” and on “One of the Top 15 Most Influential Customer Service Experts to Follow on Twitter.” Despite the recognition and promotions received while in corporate life in Jamaica and America, she now considers herself “unemployable” due to her love of being her own boss and inspiring others to pursue their passion and dreams. Yvonne’s mantra: “Focus on relationships; the money will follow.”

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  1. Thanks, Yvonne.
    I am a huge fan of listening to my energy level and finding an opportunity for a break. My wife turned me on to the coffee nap. Have a nice cup of hot coffee, which makes you feel all warm and comfy, then check out for a bit, put your feet up. About 10-15 minutes later the active ingredient in the coffee kicks in and you’re up and at ’em.

    • Hi Mac,

      First of all, please accept my apologies for the delay in replying. I forgot my login and was locked out of my account but, thankfully, I’m back!

      I’d not heard of “the coffee nap” but the way you described it makes perfect sense. It’s good to know that you listen to your body – to your energy
      level because so many of us don’t, to our detriment.

      Your wife is a wise lady. Thanks for leaving really great tips.