Most people will tell you that, in order to reach peak performance, you have to motivate yourself. Well, let me disagree. I am here to tell you today that the best motivation for peak performance can be anti-motivation. Motivation itself can actually be harmful in some cases. It’s a double-edged sword you have to use carefully. Why? Let’s check it out in detail. What is the whole point of motivation? If we look at it in depth, motivation only serves to help you reach something. You don’t just get motivated. You get motivated to do something. So, if you don’t do that something, it’s no use being motivated.

The primary way to stay motivated is in your thinking. If you can change how you think about what you do not want to do you will stay motivated to accomplish the goal.

If what you want to achieve is important to you and you don’t feel motivated, just do it anyway without feeling motivated! Make the decision to do it. Yes this might take an act of will, discipline and determination. Yes it might be unpleasant, require a commitment and you might even have to give up something else. Yet you do it because you know the end result, your goal and that is more important than whether you feel motivated or not. The problem is that most people focus on what they have to give up rather than focussing on the long term gain.

Okay asking other writers for advice is great. There is nothing wrong with having a healthy discussion about what inspired someone’s writing. However, when finding your own Follow and like my page, you should be most concerned with listening to yourself. Inspiration comes from you, and therefore it’s important to be cognizant of your own needs and desires. Listen to your own thoughts and the voice inside your head. Be honest about what is actually important to you. Having models and people you admire is wonderful, but try to not let that distract you from your own thoughts. Becoming more aware of yourself, your own thoughts, behaviors and speech can open up avenues of inspiration. The more truth you give yourself, the easier it will be to allow inspiration into your writing.

There are simple ways to increase your motivation. For starters make sure you are getting enough sleep. It is difficult to be motivated to run a mile if you are still exhausted from work yesterday.

Who: Who do you know who’s got that “spirit” you’re looking for? You might not be able to tell by looking, but as you get to know a person, you can often see what’s driving them. So one great technique is to look for strong role models, or mentors, and spend time thinking about why they do what THEY do.

Ok, are you ready to get started with a positive, motivated attitude? Are you up for the challenge today? Friend, you can do stay motivated just for today. Practice telling the truth about each situation in life and motivation will follow.