“I’ll put it off until tomorrow.”
“Today was stressful, I just don’t have the energy.”
“I’m sooooooooo tired.”
We all have those days where we don’t feel like doing anything. Where we have an irresistible urge to just lay down and not get up. When we have no motivation to keep going, and begin asking questions like “Why do I even bother?”
Everyone feels this way from time to time, even super successful people like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. But what separates them from everyone else is their ability to trick their brain into doing hard things, even when they don’t feel like it.
Today I’m going to reveal to you how to trick you brain, and how I use this same method to get energized whenever I’m feeling lazy and unmotivated.
What To Do When Your Brain Won’t Listen
The difference between successful and average people is that successful people get things done even when they don’t feel like it. They’re able to hack into their minds so that they control their own emotions, not the other way around. This is the biggest reason why average people stay average – they allow their bodies to control them, and give in to emotional desires that don’t benefit them.
So how do you trick your brain to overcome obstacles that are hindering your will to get things done? How can you take control of your mind, and force it to obey your commands? The answer is, you can’t. Your brain is stubborn, and forcing it to do something that it doesn’t want won’t make it listen. However, what I have found effective is thinking of things that will influence your brain to listen to you. That way, you can persuade your brain into doing what you want, without any resistance.
Here are 3 of my best mind hacks on how to trick your brain into doing what you want.
Tip #1: The Cost of Inaction
Instead of focusing on what needs to be done, ask yourself the question: “What is the cost of inaction?”
What is the cost of not doing what you know you are supposed to? For example, if you usually go to the gym 3 times a week, but are feeling lazy that week, what is the cost of slacking off? Think about all the work you have put in up to this point. The goal of achieving a 6 pack as your goal for 2020. Are you going to let yet another New Year’s Resolution go unachieved? How many sessions will you have to make up in order to get back to the fitness level you want?
People are motivated more by fear than by reward. Don’t think about what you have to gain by doing so, think about what you have to lose by not.
Tip #2: Indecision Is A Decision
Realize that by doing nothing, you are still doing something. Doing nothing is a choice. Doing something is also a choice. Every time you make a choice, you are making a decision. And indecision, is the worst decision of all.
You know deep down when you don’t do something, that is because of indecision. You can’t make up your mind whether or not you should take action.
“Should I go to that networking event, or stay at home?”
“The weather looks like it might rain, maybe I won’t go.”
“Oh, but there is that keynote speaker who will be attending, and I’ve wanted to meet them for a long time now.”
Indecision KILLS potential. For example, let’s say you can’t decide whether or not you should take night classes and learn a new skill. You’re afraid to try something new, and to take a risk. As a result, you continue pondering over the decision of whether or not to go, without actually doing anything. The time that is wasted during your indecisive moments, is time that you will never get back.
I May Be Wrong But I’m Never In Doubt
Make a decision and stick with it. Be bold, and trust in yourself. My mentor Dan Pena, taught me that being decisive is a skill. In business, money loves speed, and if you aren’t able to be bold and make quick decisions, you are going to end up poor. I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my career as a businessman, but despite all of those setbacks, it’s still better than not making a choice at all.
Learning how to trick your brain goes beyond just motivation. Being able to see different perspectives and turn losses into wins is another way that successful people take control of their lives. A truly successful person can learn from both their victories, and their failures. And the only way to achieve something great, is to make a decision.“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” - Wayne Gretzky Click To Tweet
Tip #3: Life Is Short
You are going to die anyway. What are you afraid of?
Many people follow a traditional way of thinking. They want to save money, live below their means and not take risks. They’re afraid of losing in the game we call life. But the truth is that there is nothing to lose in the first place. At the end of our lifespan, each and every one of us is going to die. We are not getting off this planet alive, and we have a limited amount of time left. What we do with the short amount of time we have, determines whether or not life was worth living. Our emotions, happiness, success, and sense of achievement is based on what we do, not what we didn’t do.
In fact, research shows that when a group of people were asked to name their single biggest life regret, 76% of participants cited an action not taken, that would have helped them realize their ideal self. These people are saying they regret the fact that they have regrets. There were things that they didn’t do, that they knew would have helped them grow. But due to indecision or refusing to take action, they missed out on the opportunity to grow themselves and their potential to become something greater.
The Unseen Threat That Looms Over Everyone
As I get older there’s something that I notice. It’s something that when I was in my 20’s, it was almost non-existent. But once I entered my 30’s, I realized it became much more frequent and noticeable. This realization, was that the people around me started to disappear.
At first it was just one person that I didn’t know that well. But then it began to happen more frequently, and to people that I was closer with. First it was a stranger, then a close acquaintance. Then it began to happen even more frequently – a close friend, a relative, a family member. And the next one, and the next one, and the next one. People around me started to pass away. And I realized over that period of time, that life is precious.
There were some close friends I knew that passed away before they achieved their dreams. Before they managed to fully enjoy life, and make their parents proud with their achievements. Life is unpredictable, and while no one likes to think about it, we won’t always be here. We spend our time doing things that don’t bring us meaning and fulfillment, when in reality we should be doing everything we possibly can to enjoy life while we still can. To me, I believe the greatest risk is not taking any risks at all. Because that means you never got the opportunity to truly live.
At the end of your life, your regrets won’t be the things you did do, it’s the things you didn’t do.“Hell on Earth is meeting the man or woman that you could have been.” - Unknown Click To Tweet
It’s Not About Motivation, It’s About Living Life
If you lack motivation to do hard things, it means you lack the desire to live a good life. We only have a certain amount of time left on this planet, and that time is only getting shorter as the days go by. Being indecisive, hesitant or allowing yourself to slack off doesn’t help you become a better person. Instead, you should be looking to take risks from time to time, to do the things you’ve always wanted to do, and to finally take that leap of faith and find out what awaits you on the other side.
Time is the most important asset we have in our lives. And to spend that time doing things that you don’t enjoy, is no way to live. Instead, I believe it’s a much more fulfilling and wiser decision, to invest in yourself and acquire what I call High Income Skills.
High Income Skills are skills that:
- Generate at least $10,000 or more a month
- Pay you based on how much value you bring to the marketplace, not what your boss or manager thinks
- Increases your income as you get better at it
Learning how to trick your brain is the first step towards living your dream life. Using it to make it a reality is another. If you want to discover what high income skill you are naturally talented at so you can earn a handsome income, spend your life doing the things you want to do and to live life to the fullest, click here to take the quiz now.