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For years I’ve relied on motivation to get work done.

Unless you’re under a strict deadline, you might struggle to get things done unless you’re motivated.

I fell for that trap for so long.

Then I stumbled upon the idea that you don’t need to be motivated… That it’s actually really unproductive to only work when you’re motivated because that’s hard to control.

Yes, sometimes it’s great to watch a short YouTube video like this one to psych yourself up:

But what’s even better is to just be able to do something when you don’t like it.

Discipline.

That’s the key. But how do you do it? Work when you don’t feel like it.

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” – William Faulker

I love that quote.

Then I started to live by it.

If you wait until you feel motivated or inspired, how often are you going to work or exercise?

You can only get so far if you’re waiting for inspiration to strike… for that moment when you feel like it.

Just getting started has been a life changing tactic that I’ve started employing to get more done every day.

The idea that I didn’t need to feel good to get something done was a game changer for me.

It doesn’t matter how you feel.

I don’t need to feel like writing or working out.

At any point during the day I have the power to just get started.

Now, I’m not waiting for any outside source.

It’s up to me… only me… To decide that if I want to make progress on my goals I need to get to work. NOW.

Right now. Not when I feel inspired.