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How To Get Motivated To Take Action Towards Your Goals (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)



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How do you get motivated to take action towards your goals… when you don’t feel like it?

Take it from a high achiever. I’ve always had a clear vision for my life. I know what my purpose in life is and I’m willing to work harder than everyone else to achieve it.

And yet…

There are days when I look at my calendar and the tasks I need to do to reach my goals and grow my business and… I simply don’t feel like it. All I want to do is watch Netflix and eat chocolate chip cookies.

Do you ever feel the same, too?

I used to beat myself up for being lazy, uncommitted, and unmotivated. Why couldn’t I push myself a little harder?

Because your emotions are working against you. Here’s the real reason why it’s so hard to get motivated when you don’t feel like it – and how to move past that so you can finally reach the big business goals that have eluded you up until now:

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Why Motivation Alone Doesn’t Work

As much as we like to think otherwise, humans aren’t logical beings. You don’t make decisions with logic and rationality. You make decisions based on how you feel in the moment – a whopping 95% of the time!

Don’t take my word for it. Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio studied people who suffered from brain damage and couldn’t feel any emotions at all. When asked to make a decision – even something simple as what to have for dinner – they were paralysed.

They were able to tell you the pros and cons of each choice, but they couldn’t actually make a choice! What was going on here?

Damasio discovered that, even when we rationally examine the pros and cons, it’s our gut, the way we feel about something in the moment, that makes the final decision.

The problem is that your feelings in the moment are almost never aligned with your goals!

You know what you need to do to reach your goal, but your gut has already made the decision that you’re feeling too tired, too uncomfortable, not confident enough, and keeps you from taking action.

If you wait until you feel like it, until your feelings get on board with your goals, you’ll never do it.

It’s not about waiting until you feel it like it. It’s about mastering the habit of taking action when you DON’T feel like it.

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The Truth About Procrastion (And What Happens When You Don’t Feel Like It)

You don’t procrastinate to avoid work. You procrastinate to avoid stress.

When you procrastinate on sending that email, you’re not stressed about the email. You’re stressed about everything else that’s going on in your life.

You’re stressed about how to pay the rent this month. About the argument you had with your husband. About that work deadline looming too close too soon…

By taking a break from sending that email (or whatever else you’re procrastinating on) to go watch a cat video, your mind gets a break from the stress. It also gets a boost of dopamine, the feel-good hormones.

Your mind learns this is a good way to relieve stress and feel good, so you keep repeating this behaviour over and over again.

The catch? While procrastination makes you feel good in the moment, it stops you from taking the action needed to reach your goals, solve your financial worries, repair your relationships… and the problems get worse.

It’s a vicious circle. You procrastinate to feel better in the moment, but overtime procrastination adds more stress to your life.

How do you get out of this vicious circle and take action even when you don’t feel like it?

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How To Get Motivated When You Don’t Feel Like It

1. What Are Your Feelings Trying To Tell You?

Feelings and emotions are messengers, giving you vital information about what you’re experiencing.

Maybe you’re simply physically tired and your body is telling you it’s time for a break. You can go back to work tomorrow.

Or you’re scared of what may happen if you take action. What if you get rejected? What if you fail? What if you succeed and are not able to handle it? If so, is the fear real? Most of the time, it’s not. But it still helps to come up with one or two things you could do if it became real.

Or you’re simply feeling uncomfortable about doing something new for the first time. What if you turned that fear into excitement? The sensations (heart racing, butterflies in your stomach…) are the same.

When you understand how you’re feeling, you can make better choices that take you closer to your goals.


Next time you don’t feel like doing something, ask yourself:

  1. How am I feeling right now?
  2. Did something happen to make me feel this way? Was there a trigger?
  3. What is this feeling trying to tell me? What does it want me to know?
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2. Reconnect With Your Why

If you got started on a project, it’s because it meant something to you. And yet, as you start working on it, you may have lost motivation.

It’s totally normal. No one can sustain motivation 24/7/365 – especially if you’ve hit a few bumps in the road and things aren’t going the way you planned.

But if you never feel like it, if you keep finding excuses to procrastinate, it’s time to reconnect with your why, with the reason you started in the first place.


Think of a goal you’re trying to achieve or a project you’re trying to complete, and yet you never feel like taking action on it:

  • Why did you start it in the first place?
  • What did you want to get out of it? (For example, you wanted to master a skill, make a certain amount of money, take your business to the next level…)
  • What difference will reaching this goal make in your life and business?
  • Is this goal still aligned with what you want to do in life?
  • Is this goal YOUR goal or are you doing it because you “should”?

Sometimes, after doing this exercise, you realise you were pursuing the wrong goal. You were just doing what someone thought you should do or you’ve simply outgrown this project. If that’s the case, let it go and focus on your real dream.

If it’s something you still want to pursue because it will move the needle forward in your business and allow you to make the impact you want to make in the world, then when you don’t feel like it, reconnect with that purpose.

It’s not about you. It’s about your mission and the people only you can help. Don’t let the way you feel in the moment get in the way of that.

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3. Create A Motivation Routine

If you wait until you feel like it, you’ll be waiting all your life. Successful people don’t wait for their feelings to get on board, they just do it.

Tony Robbins, before getting on stage, follows an elaborate routine that includes jumping on a mini trampoline, submerging himself in 57 degrees water, and a lot of power posing.

Mel Robbins counts down 5-4-3-2-1-GO and then takes action (5 seconds is how little your brain takes to talk you out of it).

I listen to “What A Feeling!” and then say a little affirmation before doing anything I don’t feel like doing.

These are just a couple of examples. Every top performer, be they an athlete, singer, or comedian, has a motivation routine they gets them in the right mental state – whether they feel like it or not.

Make sure that your motivation routine is:

  • Simple: If it’s too long or elaborate, you’ll find excuses to skip it.
  • Fun: If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it.
  • Purposeful: It needs to get you closer to your goal, not distract you away from it.


Come up with your own motivational ritual. When you don’t feel like doing something, do your ritual and then take action straight afterwards. Don’t give your brain – and your feelings – time to talk you out of it.

Related: What To Do When You Feel Discouraged While Chasing Your Dreams

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Wrapping It Up

It’s normal to experience days and moments when you just don’t feel like it. But you don’t need to let your feelings make the decision for you. You can acknowledge how you feel, reconnect with your purpose, and then get in the right frame of mind to take action anyway. That’s how you reach your goals.

With love,

Giorgia x

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