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What motivates you?

Asked by RedmannX5 (814 points ) December 3rd, 2011

I mean what sorts of things or thoughts or actions do you personally implement to get yourself motivated to do something that you don’t necessarily want to do?

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Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

People of German decent. That would be my partner and her fab family

Symbeline's avatar

Sheer panic. Otherwise, I’m unmovable as a mountain.

rooeytoo's avatar

I am 67 and people often ask me why I run or how I motivate myself to run and it is because I am afraid if I stop, I will never be able to start again!!! Use it or lose it!

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

A plan of action, and a good podcast is usually all I need to get things moving.

jerv's avatar

Spite. Anger, Frustration.

Either that or some loud music, either techno/house/trance or old-school metal; something fast and percussive.

Tachys's avatar

For day to day tasks I reward myself with something small, like a cup of coffee or a cd. For more difficult tasks, even better rewards. I also try to do the most difficult jobs first, because then the day gets easier as it progresses.

nebule's avatar

a deadline usually works for me…I’m currently trying to get ahead with my studies and I have an essay due in in January but want to get it done before Christmas…it’s not working out at the moment because I feel like I’ve got loads of time… but I think giving myself lots of rest time…even getting to the point of boredom can help motivate you… I hoping so anyway, although I rarely get bored…

The other thing that helps me is visualising how I want the outcome to be, what I will feel like..in terms of all the positive feelings and possibilities that may come from getting whatever it is done….

Sunny2's avatar

Running out of time. Someone coming to visit. Boredom. Hunger. My hair looks awful. My car needs gas. If I don’t cook that right now it’s going to spoil. It’s supposed to rain this afternoon. I have to be there at five. There’ll be a late fee if I don’t write the check and mail it NOW!

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