Ways to get your motivation back

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Somedays, when I walk back from lab at night, I’m so happy and motivated and have all these ideas buzzing in my head. But then there are days, when there is a lull and it’s so quiet upstairs, almost as if my brains had fallen out. I wondered to myself, what do I do that is different on those days that I’m all gung-ho about life and so up-beat even after a long hard day. And what can I do to get my mojo back on the days when I’m feeling not so awesome and blah about life.

So, I made a list of things that get me all charged up.

1. Running – Endorphins. Period.

2. TED talks –  In under twenty minutes, you can learn about how awesome people are changing the world. From jaw-dropping to awe-inspiring talks. If there is anything like “instant inspiration” or “instant mojo” – this is it!

3. Books – I can relate all my major life changing-points to books. There’s been many a night when I’ve lost my sleep to books. Don’t know where to start ? Check my list on the good-reads widget below. This is a good starting point too.

4. People – Talking to people. Listening to their stories. Sharing mine. I usually run with people, so that’s a good way to do two things at once. And every once in a while, I ask people out to coffee/lunch/dinner. They’re happy for a treat and I get to hear their stories. Win-win.

5. Set new goals. In the last eight years (I “woke” up in 2003), there has never been a period in my life where I didn’t have goals. I always have multiple goals. And then I have these elaborate count-downs, to-do lists, loggers and finally crossing them off. Nothing beats the feeling of crossing off your goal. It’s the transformation from “I’ll do it” to “I did it”.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
~Ayn Rand


So that’s my tricks.

I expect to read some of your tricks in the comments below.


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4 Responses to “Ways to get your motivation back”

  1. Mona Chitnis October 3, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Aah I especially liked the Ayn Rand quote.. it kinda resonates on the lines of what we were talking about the other day 🙂

    nice post.. and congrats for ur successful defense!

    • Saad Bhamla October 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

      Thanks 🙂
      When are you coming to Stanford again? 

  2. Rohan Mehta October 16, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Ahh..!! Nice one buddy..!! Appreciate the last sentence of “I’ll do it” to “I did it”.

    • Saad Bhamla October 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      Dude. High time you updated your blog dammit.