Overcoming Sluggishness and Boosting Motivation

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Changing Your Emotional State: The Key to Conquering Procrastination

We’ve all been there – those mornings when we struggle to get moving, feeling sluggish and unmotivated. It’s a common challenge, but the good news is that you have the power to turn it around. The secret lies in changing your emotional state through simple yet effective strategies.

Embrace a Growth Mindset

One of the most powerful tools in your arsenal is a growth mindset. When faced with a difficult task or the temptation to procrastinate, shift your perspective. Instead of seeing it as a burden, view it as an opportunity to learn and improve. This mindset shift can work wonders in kickstarting your motivation and helping you tackle challenges head-on.

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Overcoming Sluggishness and Boosting Motivation


Boosting Motivation, Overcoming Sluggishness, Dave Razo, Emotional State, Growth Mindset, Procrastination Tips, Productivity Hacks, Deliberate Play, Morning Routine, Effective Systems, Motivation Strategies, Emotional Resilience, Task Management, Stress Management, Personal Development

Speaker: Dave Razo

One of the things that I have learned is that I got to eliminate that mood. And, you can eliminate that mood too by changing your emotional state.

Okay, Hey, Coach Dave here with you, just another short blast. And I have to tell you, I woke up this morning, and I just had a hard time getting moving. It seemed like it might be one of those days when I needed an extra cup of coffee. And I was kind of hesitant about a task that I needed to do, and I wasn’t quite sure how to proceed. And I wanted to give you a few hints today on how to overcome that mood that sometimes we get into that, we just don’t feel like moving. You know, and it’s sometimes it’s a mood, sometimes there’s a reason behind the mood.

But one of the things that I have learned is that I got to eliminate that mood. And you can eliminate that mood too by changing your emotional state. Hit go, no matter what your mood is. And you can do that by changing your emotional state, through how you hold your body, your physiology, your focus, what you’re focused on. And also, the language that you use, and the meaning that you bring to it. I’ll tell you, it makes such a big difference if you change your emotional state. And, it also helps to have a growth mindset. In other words, when we’re facing difficult tasks, when we find ourselves procrastinating sometimes it’s better to have a growth mindset. Thinking in terms that, hey, as I get through this, I’ll be better for it.

And one of the ways that is nice to be able to access is use deliberate play. Not deliberate practice, but deliberate play, make it fun, it’s an opportunity to grow an opportunity to improve. Another way that you might move yourself, get yourself to act quickly, is to shorten the deadline. There’s a principle that says, hey, our tasks will expand to fit the amount of time we have available to meet them. So if you shorten the task, sometimes that will get you moving. Now you have to be aware of where you are on the stress meter. So, if it becomes distressful, it’s not a good thing. And you have to compensate for that by adjusting for the stress. But, some stress that is useful is called used stress. So a little bit of us stress is good for us to accomplish our tasks.

One of the best ways that you can use to avoid procrastination and to start moving is to have systems in place. It’s some sort of routine that gets you moving, some causes and effects. Maybe it’s a morning routine or an evening routine. Don’t ever underestimate the systems that you have in place to get yourself moving. breaking those systems down looking at smaller chunks, and maybe the tasks that you haven’t had is too large for you do take a good chunk of at one time. And so you have to break it down and take little bites of it one piece at a time.

So break it down, use systems, have a growth mindset, shorten the deadline, and make sure you’re in a strong emotional state. Maybe you won’t need that second cup of coffee. I hope you’re enjoying these videos. If you are, please hit like and I’ll see you again tomorrow. Take care.


Unlock the Power of Deliberate Play

Another effective technique is to approach your tasks with a spirit of “deliberate play.” Rather than viewing them as chores, find ways to infuse them with a sense of fun and growth. Turning your work into a game or a chance to learn something new can make all the difference in your energy and enthusiasm.

Shorten Those Deadlines

Surprisingly, one of the best ways to overcome procrastination is to shorten your deadlines. The principle is simple: tasks tend to expand to fill the time available. By setting tighter deadlines, you create a sense of urgency that can propel you into action. Just be mindful of not creating too much “distress” in the process – a little “eustress” (good stress) can be a powerful motivator.

Implement Effective Systems and Routines

Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining motivation and productivity. Establishing effective systems and routines can be a game-changer. Whether it’s a morning ritual, an evening wind-down, or a task-management system, having these structures in place can help you stay on track and minimize the mental effort required to get started.

Break It Down into Smaller Bites

Sometimes, the sheer size of a task can be overwhelming, leading to procrastination. When this happens, it’s important to break it down into smaller, more manageable steps. By tackling the project in bite-sized pieces, you can build momentum and avoid feeling bogged down by the enormity of the task at hand.

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Harness the Power of Body Language and Focus

Your physical and mental state play a crucial role in your emotional state. By consciously adopting a confident, energetic body language and directing your focus towards positive, productive thoughts, you can shift your mood and mindset. This can be as simple as standing tall, taking deep breaths, or visualizing your successful completion of the task.

The Language of Motivation

The words you use, both internally and externally, can have a profound impact on your motivation and emotional state. Be mindful of the language you use to describe your challenges and goals. Avoid negative self-talk and instead, use empowering, encouraging language that reinforces your ability to overcome obstacles and achieve your objectives.

Putting It All Together: A Holistic Approach to Motivation

Ultimately, overcoming sluggishness and boosting motivation requires a holistic approach that addresses your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By incorporating these strategies – embracing a growth mindset, engaging in deliberate play, shortening deadlines, implementing effective systems, breaking down tasks, and harnessing the power of body language, focus, and positive language – you can transform your mood and unlock your full potential.

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Remember, the key is to experiment and find the combination of techniques that works best for you. With a little practice and persistence, you’ll soon find yourself energized, focused, and ready to conquer your day, one step at a time. So, let’s get started and build a better you together!

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Dave spent a long and distinguished career as a pilot and leader in the United States Air Force. Along the way, he managed to obtain three graduate degrees.  As an investor in the stock market for more than 37 years, Dave has seen his share of ups and downs.  When Dave retired as a Colonel in 2006, he founded Razor Sharp Investments. Subsequently, he worked with an investment education company, teaching new investors how to handle their money, and then two brokerage firms doing the same thing. 

In 2012, Dave founded his own investment firm.  Dave has always been fascinated by the question, Why do people do the things that they do?  On his discovery journey, he encountered Tony Robbins. He worked with his event staff to eventually progresss through the Institute for Strategic Intervention as a coach, making him ideally suited to tackle the most formidable challenges in a relationship.  Dave continues to be committed to a life of service, mainly serving those struggling in their relationships over money.

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