Life is like a roller-coaster. It has its fair share of ups and downs. Sometimes it can be fun and wonderful and other times sad and challenging. The beauty of life lies in its unpredictability. If we could always predict what was going to be thrown at us it would take away life’s charm.

In today’s time when the world around us is moving at lightning speeds and we are constantly being buried under the immense pressures of expectation, responsibilities, wants and needs of our employers, family and friends, mistakes are bound to happen.  Our mistakes are what make us human, and it would be foolish of us to imagine that we wouldn’t take a foul step in perusing our dreams. There is no harm in falling but the key here is to make sure that you always gather enough strength to get back on your feet.


Here are 10 crazy ideas that will motivate yourself in 5 minutes.

1. Let fear frighten you

Fear is the strongest motivator that Mother Nature has imbedded into our system. Being fearful of something will trigger a natural response of acting in such a way that should prevent the dreadful situation from occurring i.e motivate us into getting out of it.  So let fear work for you and help you climb over all the (perceived) obstacles.

2. Keep the finish in your line of sight

No problem lasts forever and you have got to keep telling yourself this. When you are in trouble it’s hard to imagine that the problem would ever end and your life would become normal. But here reminding yourself about whets waiting for you at the end can pull you through these challenging times.

3. Burn all the bridges

This is a very important step. The worst thing you can do when faced with difficulty is to be spoiled for choice, as it will eat up your precious time and time is money. So choose what route you want to take and make it almost impossible for you to do anything else.

4. Share your problem

When faced its trouble it’s very easy to curse the world and think that you are the only person in this world who landed into this situation. However, in truth there would be a lot of other people who are or have gone through the same situation. Learning from others experience can help you a lot and give you another perspective to look at the situation. Seeing them tackling the problem and getting on with their life will also be a huge motivator.

5. Keep telling yourself

Setting yourself a goal isn’t enough to get you something, it’s the hard work you put in to accomplish something is what gets you there. But in today’s life there is so much going on around you that it’s easy to loose track or a small hurdle can put you off your spirits. So you need to keep affirming your goal to yourself. Tell it yourself every day, write notes to yourself, leave markers on the fridge, do whatever you can to keep reminding yourself of what you want to achieve. This will help keep your mind focused on your goals and keeps mind on the task at hand.

6. Think of it as a game

The thing about playing games is that you always want to play better than how you played last time. So if you apply this concept to your everyday life you will start seeing your set goals as a game’s stage/ level and try and out do your last best attempt. This will help you out in achieving your goals in a competitive manner. Sometimes beating yourself at something is the bigger motivator than beating other at it.

7. Form a group

As mentioned above sharing your problems with others will help you learn from others experiences. But that’s only one of the benefits, another benefit is that it will also bring you across people that have the same goals and aspiration as you and share the same school of thought. Finding such people will be of great help to you as you guys can work together towards combined goals, and if one of you falls over trying to achieve there will always be the other to pick you up and motivate you to get you back on your feet and vice versa.

8. Step by step

There is no harm in dreaming big and setting high goals, after all our dreams are what we are made of. But sometimes setting high goals can be intimidating, resulting in you loosing belief in yourself thus being de motivated. So it’s always wise to divide your goal in sub goals; parameter by deadlines and rewarded with treats. Achievement of these sub goals would lead to the ultimate goal, with you focusing on the job at hand while keeping an eye on the ultimate goal.

9. Don’t be too hard on yourself

You will have to admit that you will not always succeed and will face failure while persuading your dreams. But the key here is not to be too hard on yourself and get bogged down by all the pressure, instead accept these failures as a part of life and learn lessons from them. Sometimes it’s not about how hard you can hit but how hard you can get hit and still carry on. Stop crying over what could have been and work for what it will be.

10. Reward Yourself

Achieving a goal would mean nothing if it was not followed by a reward. A reward is a symbolic token of appreciation for all the hard work you have put in and sleepless nights you have spent chasing that dream of yours. It’s only human to expect something in return for your efforts. So keep your motivational levels high by rewarding yourself adequately and timely.


About the author 

Ali Jan Qadir

Ali Jan Qadir is passionate about art, food and fitness. He loves to share things he has learned by experience. He is a contributor for, where he gives views and reviews about various things such as rapsody breeze. If you want to learn more about him visit his twitter or Google+ profile.

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  1. I really like your ‘Think of it as a game’ method you suggested. I am running a little low on motivation because I see that my blog has not picked up in term of number of readers and I need to stay motivated to persevere. I definitely need to do something about it fast and this method kind of helps because while it is motivational, it also adds a bit of fun in the process (instead of taking it all too seriously and getting too stressed out in the end). If anyone here has any sort of other advice relating to that – I’d certainly appreciate it too!

  2. Great list Ali!
    I can especially relate to “burning all the bridges” and making it hard if not impossible to quit. Just recently this made all the difference for me. As I was doing my first triathlon, I had a panic attack in a water, and was about to quit 5 minutes into the race. the only thing that made me stay and get my wits together is the fact that quitting and going back to all the people who supported me, encouraged me and believed in me (not even mentioning the fact that I had to travel for this race) was too unbearable to even consider:)

  3. Love Number 9, because most times we just too critical of ourselves and never allow ourselves to recover. We must know that plans do fail and we do fall, but we surely can rise when the will is there. Thanks for sharing

  4. Thanks for this great and informative article, It’s very helpful for peoples. I’ve bookmark this post.. Thanks for sharing this……

  5. Great compilation Ali!

    I especially loved “let fear frighten you” and “keep telling yourself”.

    Agreed, to remain motivated itself is an effort that we must be doing as and when needed to keep ourselves on the track. Focusing on actions and not getting lost in thoughts and ideas and frustrations is all about getting results that we want, as only actions create results.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. “Keep telling yourself” -> This one is my favorite! Always stay focus on your goals or dreams. Remember why we do the first step to achieve our dreams!

    1. Love it, Jose! When it comes to productivity, I’m always telling myself “do it now”, “do it now”, “do it now”

  7. Great list for some instant motivation!

    I especially like treating life as the game it is – because you would never choose to play as a mediocre background character in a game!

    By treating life as a game, you embrace the fact that you are the hero of your own story, and will be motivated to play as such. You become motivated to constantly improve and evolve, instead of just going about a boring, everyday life.

    1. I agree… I often like to think of life as a game… such as leveling up, constantly improve skills and always hoping to “win” at what I do 🙂 And it keeps things a little more light-hearted, less serious and fun 🙂

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