We all have days where the most we want to do is coast, not really caring about whether anything gets accomplished or not. Unfortunately, this does not change the fact that things need to be done, and it is unlikely – for most of us – that anyone else will do your job(s). Therefore, it is necessary that we find some way to motivate ourselves to “do the next thing” whether we feel like it or not.
I have found that I usually can’t “motivate” myself, per se, but that I have to just push myself to do what I know needs to be done, whether I feel like it or not. Momentum and inertia work – once you get the body moving, it is easier to keep moving; the longer you leave the body at rest, the more it desires to stay at rest.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” If you are diligent and give your all to whatever it is you need to do, you are only doing what you should. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
How do you motivate yourself?