Welcome back and I hope your week has been productive! If your week wasn’t productive and you don’t feel guilty for that then you’re in the wrong place. Here at Anti Fatigue Mats and More we discuss how to get going again when your body wants you to nap and more specifically tips for creating a successful business in Canada.
A dear friend of mine from Hamilton, Ontario has reached out. We knew each other long before I was a blogger and after he saw my work here he wanted to give me 3 amazing tips I haven’t mentioned yet. Some people may find his advice more useful than others because for the longest time this kind man struggled with lack of motivation and had many ups and downs in his early life. It wasn’t until his late 30s that he really learned enough about himself to know how to control his lack of motivation spikes. It turned out he wasn’t doing the right things. So here are his 3 tips for staying in the game when a part of your mind is making up excuses to waste time!
Tip #1: Leave Off Wanting!
This rule applies for things you do for pleasure as well as things you do for work. What does “leave off wanting” mean? It means you should stop doing something when you still feel like doing it more. Why would you want to do this? You want to do that because when it’s time to get back to work the next day or hours later you’ll be eager to do it! And when you want to get back to pleasure it’ll be way more pleasurable. For most of his twenties, my friend suffered with over doing things. He would love to drink and watch hockey highlights on weekends, but he over did it. He wouldn’t stop until he did it so much that it was no longer fun. He read somewhere that leaving off wanting is wise, and so he tried it, but it took a lot of willpower at first. So he tried to apply it to work and amazingly found that, as we’d expect, it’s a lot easier to stop working even when you want to keep working. It’s a little harder with pleasure. of course, he enjoys towing in Hamilton but it’s not anything near as fun as playing ping pong with the boys or reading Stephen King novels at the lake while catching and cooking fish. But just like pleasure he would usually work late into the day long after he no longer felt like it and so after ending his days a little earlier he found that he was much more excited to get back to work the next day.
If you suffer from lack of motivation this strategy might help. Whether it’s pleasure or work or a mix of the two, stop while you still feel like doing it more and you’ll find that over the course of a month you’ll actually get more hours in total because everyday you can’t wait to get back at it!
Tip #2: Pray to the Gods!
I’m sorry if you’re Jewish, Muslim, Christian or are part of any monotheist religion… this tip is mainly for people who don’t usually pray to God or gods. I personally am Christian and pray to God everyday because I know for a fact it has blessed my life in countless ways, but I also respect people who never pray. Sometimes people who never pray are the most successful people we know. When we say “pray to the gods” we’re talking mainly about the ancient Greek gods like Zeus and Athena or the medieval Norse gods Odin and Thor. We’re not asking you to do this for any spiritual benefit, but just to throw in a bit of humor in your day when you need it most. Actually, most people curse when they need humor. How often do you hear tow truck drivers say the F word when something goes wrong or a kid playing hockey do the same? Instead of swearing, which only makes the situation worse because you’re putting negativity into the world, saying something like “Oh, dear Odin help me” or “Athena patron goddess of Athens come to my aid” is a lot more positive and, in a cool way, funny. I’ve been doing this for the last few days and I must say it makes powering through difficult tasks a lot easier!
Tip #3: Pretend you’re Being Towed when you Lift your Butt off the Couch!
Of course only a tip like this could come from a tow truck driver, especially one in Ontario of all places! Well, rest assured this tip for some people actually works. Now I know some of you will never need assistance lifting your posterior from the couch in the first place because you have all the motivation in the world. But for some beer drinking Canadians who would like nothing better than to just relax and watch a hockey game, sometimes getting up do to something is a pain in the arse! My friend found that, much like how a mother will pretend a spoonful of veggies is a train or an airplane to feed their grumpy children, if he pretends his upper body is a tow truck and his lower body is a crashed car needing roadside assistance he’ll make the same sounds that a tow truck makes and get his rump off the cushions! He mentioned he even does this in public places, despite the strange looks he gets. I know at least one or two of my other friends who also own towing companies in Canada could benefit from this advice, albeit they might be too embarrassed to try it!
So there we have it. My friend and I hope these 3 tips for gaining motivation when you need helps some people out there in the world wide web. Until next time, get good sleep and stay healthy!