Get off Your Butt! 10 Tips to Gain Motivation

The best way to gain motivation is to stop talking and start doing. Get off your butt and do something. Here are a few quick tips to get you started (for more depth, read about the Science of Motivation):

1. Work Out

Running, lifting, working the heavy bag, sparring – whatever exercise you do, keep it going. Getting your blood moving and keeping your muscles warm promotes energy, confidence, and helps you gain motivation.

2. Organize Something

Boring, yes. Effective, also yes. Motivation is compounded by momentum, which can start by completing just about anything, but organizing something has a double effect – you build momentum and get rid of a situation that could slow that momentum. Two birds, one clean room.

3. Drink Coffee

Sleep as we all know, is a poor substitute for coffee. There’s a lot of anti-caffeine literature out there, but there are also Harvard studies that prove that coffee is healthy (google it, it’s true I swear). Don’t like coffee? Grab an energy drink, anything that will give you a kick and get you going.

4. Punch Something

Almost always works. Stop being a wuss and hit something – something not hard.

5. Set Mini-Goals

Piece of paper. Pen. Simple as that. Or open your laptop, that works too. Setting goals helps your mind gain motivation, which will in turn, help your body gain motivation.

6. Get in the Sun

Darkness is only motivating if you’re a ninja. Otherwise it just makes you sleepy. Sleep does not equal energy or motivation.

The sun on the other hand, gets you up and going with vitamin D, heat, and light. Why do you think Hemingway loved clean, well-lit places? Because it kept him from blowing his brains out… Almost…

7. Go to Bed on Time

Wonder why it takes four cups of coffee and an espresso to wake up in the morning? Pay attention and take note of the exact time you start getting tired. Your body usually knows how much sleep you need better than you do, and does a good job signalling you. When it does, do yourself a favor – go to bed.

8. Reward Yourself

Ice cream does wonders for motivation, especially if you worked out like a maniac that week.

NOTE: If you’ve been a lazy slob it will have an opposite effect.

9. Call in Backup

A friend in need is a pest, but only if that friend isn’t really a friend in the first place.

10. Listen to Your Favorite Music

Whatever music that pumps you up. No disco weirdo.


  1. Megalo January 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    This is a fun little list, leaves me wanting a little more though… Motivation Tips, Post 2?


    • jrueff January 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      Sure why not – we can always use more motivation. I’ll whip up another list soon πŸ™‚


  2. Anna January 31, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Oh I liked this – especially #8! I love ice cream so much…


    • jrueff January 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Oh don’t we all πŸ™‚


  3. Will February 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Great Stuff..Keep em coming!


  4. Ron S. February 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks πŸ™‚


  5. Iryn February 8, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Cool blog you’ve got Josh. Thanks for sharing and also stopping at my blog to following me brought me to your beautiful site. . I look forward to your postings.I would love to be following but I cannot seem to find the icon to click on.


    • jrueff February 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      Thanks Iryn! Yes, I am currently modifying the layout – all I have right now is our newsletter subscription which you’re more than welcome to join πŸ˜‰ I will add a follow link soon though – thanks for reminding me πŸ™‚


  6. Misha Sakharoff April 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Thanks Josh, it’s very inspiring! I would add one extra item to your list. Doing something that inspires you right from the core of your being, something that you just can’t stop doing, something that creates natural flow. Rather than doing something you need lots of planning and goal setting to move on with. That ignites and make you smile! And then you can get a nice cup of coffee – and an ice cream πŸ˜‰ Love



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