I wanted to talk about motivation this week. We've all gone through periods of feeling motivated and feeling unmotivated. It's never wrong to feel unmotivated, it's a part of life. When the subject of procrastination comes up, there are varying degrees where you trust that you'll get it done or where there is a serious lack of trust and you start to second guess whether you want or need to do it at all. The problem with getting motivated is that most people focus on what they don't want for motivation. Like running because you don't want to get fat; showing up to a party because people are counting on you to be there; finishing a project because it's due in a few days; or having to interact with someone who drags you down. If you're looking for motivation and you feel pressure, it can squelch any room for inspiration. Inspiration is the very thing you're looking for to get motivated. So how to you release the block and get inspiration? You stay general - you just keep soothing the way you feel until you release the negative pressure or emotion. The only reason you are ever unmotivated is because there are negative emotions attached to it. Your main focus is to get enough momentum in another direction to release the resistance.
If you aren't feeling motivated to finish something, try this technique. Check your thoughts and feelings to see what's standing in your way, don't beat yourself up about it and get off the specifics that bring you down. Go running because it makes you feel good. Show up to the party because you know you'll have fun and get uplifted when you get there. Find joy in the project that's due soon and start with the simplest thing you like most about it. When you interact with someone who has dragged you down, focus on the highlights of that person - if you can't find any then focus on your own highlights and how you can be a source of inspiration despite what's going on.