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Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY

If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now.

Prepare yourself.

WARNING: I’m going to swear and yell a little in this post.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

You said you needed motivation. I’m going to do what needs to be done to get your ass in gear. NO EXCUSES.

If this isn’t the kind of motivation you need, leave now. You’ve been warned.


Here goes.

Do you want some motherfucking motivation right now?


Do you want to get some seriously useful shit done today?

Do you want to get off your ass and start producing instead of wallowing in despair, depression, self pity, fear, doubt or whatever is holding you back?

Are you sick of not getting anything done?

Let’s DO THIS.

The point of this exercise is to give you motivation to do something right now. Don’t just absorb this and continue sitting around procrastinating.


Follow the steps below carefully.

  1. Quit bitching about how tired you are.
  2. The world doesn’t care.

    And if you’re feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you’re at it. It doesn’t matter.

    We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

    Did you catch that? It was the secret to life. Seriously.

    Let me say it again.

    We all face obstacles. How you deal with those obstacles defines who you are and determines how successful you are in life.

    Period. End of story.

  3. Read the quotes below. If you have a favorite quote or two you always refer to, read that too.
  4. Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. – Benjamin Franklin

    Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. – Richard Bach

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

  5. If the motivation you need is to work on building your own business, watch this video:
  6. I don’t care if you’ve seen it before. Watch it again.

    Be warned, if you’re not working towards being self employed, this video might push you in that direction.

  7. Put a pot of coffee on or get some tea brewing.
  8. Try a bulletproof coffee if you need an extra kick.

  9. If you haven’t eaten something, eat a little snack now.
  10. For god’s sake don’t eat a fucking twinkie or some other junk food.

    Eat something healthy. Eat some nuts or fruit. Take your vitamins.

  11. Do one of the following three things:
  12. A) Take a shower, OR

    B) Go for a brisk walk, OR

    C) Call the friend who most lifts you up and makes you feel great after every conversation. Tell him or her that you need a little pep talk. Put a 10 minute limit on the conversation.

  13. If you’re around people right now, go tell one of them how much you appreciate him or her.
  14. Just say, “hey, I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you because…”

    If you’re not around people, think about something or someone you’re grateful for. Go over the reasons you’re grateful in your mind.

    Gratitude is happiness. Happiness is motivating. Be grateful more often by thinking about who and what you’re happy for, or by telling someone.

  15. If you normally sit down to work, stand up.
  16. Standing up to work is motivating. It gets the blood flowing.

  17. Turn off email, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and whatever other social procrastination network you’re part of.
  18. Turn off the TV if it’s on.

    Seriously, TURN THEM OFF.

  19. Now, put on your favorite music playlist.

    Play something that gets you jacked.

    Hint: try the playlist you use at the gym.

    (If you don’t regularly go to the gym or workout otherwise, start doing that tomorrow. You have to be healthy to stay motivated.)

  20. List the top 3 positive outcomes of achieving your task.
  21. Think about what you’re planning to accomplish today.

    Don’t worry about everything that’s holding you back from accomplishing it. Instead, focus on the positive things that will happen once you get it done.

    For example, if you have homework to do, your list might look like this:

    1) I’ll learn something useful.
    2) I’ll make myself and my teacher proud of what I accomplished.
    3) I’ll get closer to achieving a good grade in the class so I can graduate and move on to doing what I’m really meant to do in life.

    Write down the three things. Don’t skip this part. Make sure you focus on the 3 most important outcomes.

  22. Think about the part of doing this task that you enjoy.
  23. Most tasks have some enjoyable component to them.

    Focus on what you like about what you have to do, no matter how simple or how small. Enjoy the very act of doing your task for what it’s worth.

  24. Now here’s the most important part.
  25. Lock yourself in a room with the thing you need to be doing.

    Don’t leave until you make some progress.

    Put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, or axe to the grindstone.

    Stop looking for external motivation. Stop letting yourself procrastinate.

    Start going through the motions of making progress. At first it might feel forced, but eventually you’ll get in the groove.

What to do if this doesn’t work.

We all have things to do that we really just don’t want to do, but have to for some reason. These are the toughest to find motivation for.

For these especially difficult situations, I recommend two things.

First, question whether or not this thing really needs to be done.

What are the consequences of not doing it? Can you live with the consequences? Is there any way to not do this thing?

Then, if you still conclude that this thing absolutely has to get done, focus on simply getting past it.

Imagine the relief of not having this thing on your plate anymore.

How will that make you feel?

Dig deep. See how quickly you can possibly do this thing.

Do it now and move on to stuff you really want to do.

Thanks for reading. Now go out and get something important done.

Please share this with someone else who needs motivation.

In the comments below, share your other favorite motivation hacks and tell me what this post helped you achieve.

Corbett Barr

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  1. Corbett

    I absolutely mother-fucking LOVE this post.


    Gonna share it with my entire network, NOW.

    Thanks, man.


  2. Corbett, I’m grateful for YOU because your motivation has motivated ME. Thanks for helping pave a way to a better path for many people.

    Good work.

  3. You’ve got to love this one! No time for a long, drawn out comment. I’ve got shit to do!

  4. Kris

    Wow, very very powerful. And very very true. Thanks, you made my day!

  5. Everette

    I think I am going to read this every morning now.

  6. Maja (sounds like "hiya")

    Brilliant post!! Love it!

    Your final part particularly attracts my attention as I am personally passionate about deeging really deep to uncover ALL the roots of obstacles holding me back and then work dilligently on removing them…… for ever :-)

    So, in addition to your good advice, here are a couple of things I’d do if I needed to motivate myself to do something that has to be done but I REALLY didn’t enjoy doing it:

    I would block the time in my diary that I will need to finish the task at least a week in advance. This way I would prepare myself psychologically for it e.g. use the week to TRULY and DEEPLY accept it’s ok to hate it with passion, that it’s ok to realy not enjoy it while doing it, that it’s ok to feel and act in the most unpleasant way while doing it (unless it’s customer facing of course) etc. You get the picture…basically, to me it’s about giving myself permission to be honest even if it’d be “frowned upon” – in this case miserable and pissed off with an joyless task at hand . This somehow manages to take the edge of my dislike and turns the activity into a humorous one. And things get done :-)

    In addition to the above, I sit down, remember and write down examples of a few similar times when I completed things I disliked and was satisfied with the result. This I look at daily during the week of psyching myself up for the task.

    This second method also serves another purpose: it reminds me that I can do things I ‘hate’ and that such a skill will come useful many a times again. So, it’s about building a toughness that will serve me well on my way to building my dream.

    And last but not least, I also use many NLP techniques (working with my submodalities) to reduce the effects my demotivating states have on me – and they work a charm! :-)

    Thanks for the great post Corbett!

    I’m now done with this particular procrastination :-) and am off to do some proper work :-)

  7. Bunny

    i knew you could Motivate, But never thought you would come after with a baseball Bat :) i better go an do some stuff !

  8. The best reach-through-the-screen-kick-ass coaching I’ve seen in a very long time!

  9. YESSSSSS!!!! This is EXACTLY what I’ve been trying to tell people. Stop crying and create what you want!! I will be sharing this post with others. Thanks, Corbett.

  10. The hardest part is just starting. Once you’re underway with a task/project, it’s so much easier to get back into the swing.

    No.6 (b) & No. 10 in combination always does the trick for me. If the weather is poor, then simply blasting some pumping music and jumping around the room for a few minutes does wonders.

  11. Damn, as always, just what I needed to hear at the right time as I put off getting things done yet another day. Thanks again Corbett. :)

    As usual, you are reading my mind (and millions of others)! Thanks for the virtual kick in the ass!

  13. “Do it now and move on to stuff you really want to do.” Great anti-procrastination advice, because procrastination is rooted in the thought that we don’t really want to do what it is.

    If you frame it as a way to move on to something else, that’s a big help. I’m sharing this with everyone I can.

  14. Great stuff Corbett, it definitely grabs you by the lapels and moves you forward. In fact, I didn’t want to leave a comment – I just wanted to get onto my next task. (But I had to let you know how powerful this was and thank you! :)

    • Corbett

      In that case, I’ll accept this comment because it’s short :) Thanks Nathalie, I hope you get hundreds of awesome things done today.

  15. Good of done without the swearing but the rest was over the top. I did have to give myself a pep talk this morning. I hate self-whining.

  16. Hey Corbett,

    I don’t even swear in Spanish but this was fucking EPIC bro.

    The video got my juices flowing too and I just hope everyone that whines can take a look at this and think about it before doing it again.

    Definitely “Start A Blog That Matters” material, THANK YOU!


  17. Jen

    This post is AMAZING. I love Gary Vaynerchuk – I attribute leaving my job to his book Crush It (for better or worse). Watching him on video is insane- he is one jacked up man. Is that just coffee he’s on?? Either way, I love him and you rock for posting this. Everyone should read it. Well done.

  18. Exactly what I needed today. I think I’ll bookmark this. I’ve been working hard and hardly seeing any results…and it’s easy to get discouraged. But I keep hearing people say to persist and just keep creating “epic shit” and eventually things will start to happen. I’ve been at this about 4 months and I have devoted HOURS and HOURS to my site and to learning as much as I can…and some days it seems really hard to justify.

    This post really helped…and I love the video…that guy is on fire!


    • Corbett

      It does get easier, and it is all worth it, BUT you will question whether you should keep going dozens of times before you make it.

      Remember, it’s always darkest before the dawn.

  19. Andrew Rowley

    Corbett dude, I seriously appreciate every single fucking post you have put up here. In the past few weeks I have been having some doubts since I started doing something that is somewhat foreign territory to me and this post and video tore me apart, opened me up, slapped the hell out of me, closed me up and kicked me into the streets of my mind and I’m insanely motivated.

    All I can say is thanks for being awesome and a serious fucking motivator. If you’re ever roaming NYC and I’m out I’d be more than happy to buy you a beer for the words dude!

    • Corbett

      Haha, perfect, that’s exactly what I was trying to do. And by that I mean I was trying to get SOMEONE here to offer to buy me a beer in a cool place like NYC. We’ll be there this summer and I’d gladly take you up on that offer.

  20. Mate, great post, just what I needed for a rainy shitty Tuesday at work….

  21. Thanks for the kick in the pants. You used almost as much profanity as all my favorite workout songs.

    #10 is my go-remedy for the slump. I use the same playlist that got me from being a couch potato to a half-marathon runner to get my juices flowing for a work project.

    When the music goes on, my mind is ready to GO, Motherfucker!

    • Corbett

      Damn, I’d like to get ahold of that playlist Betsy. Sounds pretty kick-ass!

  22. kingsley

    That’s being point blank! Thanks for another useful tip.

  23. This is absolutely one of the best articles about motivation ever. Hands down.

    Everyone I know must read this! Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. Hmm I have to respectfully disagree – if you want to procrastinate complete steps 1-12, if you want to actually get shit done skip to step #13. That’s my experience. I guess it wouldn’t make for a very exciting blog post though! ;)

    • Corbett

      Haha, I guess that’s why you get such a ridiculous amount of work done Laura. Well played :)

  25. Great advice!!!! We all need to read this every morning!

  26. Seriously read this at the exact right time. I fucking love when that happens. Thanks, Corbett!

    • Corbett

      I love when that happens too :) I hope you rocked it with all that new motivation Jamie.

  27. Awesome! Consider it shared, after I have done my work and logged back into my social network sites ;)

  28. FUCK YES! I LOVE THIS KIND OF MOTIVATION! it’s time to ROCK ON!!!! I would like to share something that it’s a little bit weird in the beginning but when you look it in the right angle you learn to love it

  29. Gary Vee is the man motivating me the most lately. He is the BOMB and has made hustle the word of the year for us!!

    You’re following in his footsteps Corbett. Kick ass post.

  30. ummmmmmmm MOTIVATED!!!!!

  31. Hell yeah !!!! awesome article is awesome…… Right Now..I’M AT MY BEST .!!!
    thanks man !!!!!

  32. Awesome kick in the butt. Thanks Drill Sargeant!! Gonna cut and paste this above my desk! Glad you got in #6. Stepping away from the computer is important too, and easy to forget when you’re just telling yourself to GET MOTIVATED. And okay, I guess I’ll actually turn them the fuck OFF (instead of just minimizing the social network/email window – which doesn’t really work.)

    PS: Have you really tried that crazy coffee drink??!

    • Corbett

      Yeah, I’ve tried the bulletproof coffee a couple of times. It’s definitely energizing!

  33. Superb timing! Don’t need the music I’m jacked just reading this. :) Thanks Corbett

  34. Ouch, my butt hurts!

    Thanks for the Muther Effin Shut Yo Mouth Post! I’m still up at 2 in the morning working (coding) my craft.

  35. Great advice and delivery in the post. Kudos Corbett.

  36. God bless you, man, for this unbelievable post. WOW, I feel so fuc…ing motivated!… Action! Action! Action!

  37. I was already feeling ultra-motivated, but I read this anyway just because I like getting punched in the face with awesomeness :-P

  38. Awesome Motivation!!!

    I’m going to go get off my ass and make a product now.

  39. Thanks Corbett, that ROCKED! I read the post, watched the video, knocked out a chapter of your Start a Blog that Matters course, and came back again for another motivational kickstart!

  40. Tanzin

    I’ve just written a part of the first chapter of my report/ebook after reading your post. To start doing something is the hardest part of the task. Thanks, man! :)

  41. This reminds me of how my high school soccer coach used to pump us up to crush the competition! You were just a lot more eloquent…

    Combining this kind of intensity with the advice you’ve laid out in “How to Start a Blog that Matters” (which I just signed up for) means I will be unstoppable.

  42. Awesome shit man! Had some nuts, now I’m going to smash that video series right now

    Thanks man

  43. Here are some hacks I use to motivate myself:

    I set the alarm in my phone to ring with a song that motivates me and that is loud enough to wake me up, I change this every week so my body doesn’t learn to ignore it (usually from Disturbed)

    I jump out of bed and do some jumping while singing the song so I will not go back to bed

    I drink water from a bottle I leave in my room while reading some instructions for the day in my mirror

    Then I read my goals that I have in my chalk board:

    I work out

    I do breakfast while letting my body to cool down

    then I get prepared to get to work and take off while listening to music that motivates me to set the pace of the day

    When I’m feeling weak and want to fail I remember myself how it felt when I failed previous challenges because I gave up and how I felt when I achieve something great and remind me that I don’t want to feel that failure again in my life (something we did in boxing training)

    I support it with music that motivates me (I always carry my headphones with me)

    At night I take 30 min to disconnect with everything and I meditate to remember the things that I have to do the next day, but most importantly, the attitude that I have to keep during the day and when doing the challenges, how do I have to react when feeling weak and what do I have to do in difficult moments (much like shadow boxing)

    I hope this can help somebody :D

  44. Corbett I really need this right now. Thank you so much. I have been boxing with problems and worries lately. This is definitely a good article to push me back to the working phase. I did most of the activity you listed. Matter of fact, I am listening to my favorite playlist right now. And I’m standing while writing this down. Thanks for the words of inspiration.

    God Bless!

  45. Corbett, this article is just fantastic!

    I have been planning for a while to stand up while working and I will try this today, even if I have some back problems, but I will see how it goes.


  46. Mint post man. Shared via Twitter/Facebook/Google+ and soon to be linked to on my blog. I like your style ;)

  47. When I’m feeling lazy I remind myself of my favourite quote – which I always write in the front of my diary:

    ‘Failure isn’t the only punishment for laziness, there is also the success of others’

    Thank you for this post – tomorrow the chair is gone, I’m on my toes! (Standing whilst working is my favourite tip!)

  48. This absolutely frickin rocked dude. This is totally the way to get pumped up and get productively. Keep on keeping it real!!

  49. thanks for the ass kicking. will keep this handy for those slow starting days. ;-)

  50. Stacey Hoepfner

    Oh my fu##en god!! Thank you Corbett!! This post is amazing.. I am contemplating a new venture and this is all the motivation I need.. You’re hilarious also!

  51. nitin

    thanks for the shit man…..

    thats surely pumpin the legs out of mah ass……..

    really a buster one……

  52. Kay Payos

    this is something i always get back to whenever i get distracted. for step 2, i also always think of your five most encouraging words, mr. barr. thanks. :)

  53. One of these posts you want to write on a piece of paper and do a copy for all people you care about. Real motivational kick. Thank you so much Corbett.

  54. Can I get a Hallelujah! in da house … awesome.

  55. doi

    this is the first time i stumbled on your site after a friend shared it and i gotta say i’m hooked!

    #9 is something i need to work on seriously to be able to move on and do the things i’m supposed to do. anyway, thanks for sharing this corbett! i definitely need one at the moment.

  56. SarahC

    Thank you for posting this! I love it! Keep up the great work! xx

  57. Melody

    Hi Corbett

    This is Melody from China. Yes! you heard that,you’ve got a reader from mainland China!!
    I wanna say thank you for posting this.It’s so awesome! it’s exactly what I need right now or anytime!I I’m definitely gonna share this with friends

    Keep going with the blog! looking forward to read more of them. :)


  58. Love the Lost bomb. But true. It is so easy to get distracted and fall into living mediocrely because it takes less effort. Good to refocus. Thanks for this.


  59. To quote the ineffable Steve Carell:

    “F YOU, you F-ing Mother-Effer!”

    You got me off my ASS and to work. Thanks for that.

    Kurt Frankenberg

  60. Hi Corbett – I was sitting here reading this article nodding my head and thinking, yes, yes, YES!!!

    Absolute gold….

    I will be sharing this as a point of discussion with my community on my members’ webinar next week!


  61. Thanks for this very encouraging blog post. I needed to read this today. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff. Thanks a bunch.

  62. Putting this sucker in my favs to pull up whenever I need a good, old-fashioned kick in the ass.
    Thanks! Love it.

  63. Thanks for kick… guess we all need it sometime.

    I personally use the Pomodoro technique and it helps me get started. I also find automation helps get rid of the procrastination a fair bit. I create a lot of content (and that sure needs a lot motivation) but I have found using voice recognition tools make it a lot easier/faster than having to type it all up manually.

  64. Gloria

    You are a dead set champ.

    Excellent delivery of vital information. Love it so much.

    Thank you Corbett.
    Being so true to yourself and your vision has clearly allowed others to shine as well.

    You are greatly appreciated by many.

  65. Epic. Love this post.

  66. I got to about point 7 and am waiting for the espresso machine to warm up for my shot. I gues down weeks are not the best time to give up the one coffee a day habit. I love coffee smell and the luxury of the little ritual. I have never (!!) given my e-mail to a sign up list THAT fast. I had barely opened your page. But today is one of those days and your opening line somehow got me. I arrived via a google search ‘feeling alive’ .. In case you wonder. OK. espresso and then some action. This miserable week (ok it’s a month) needs a drop kick…. THANK YOU. I have a feeling you’ll be my new best imaginary friend!

  67. Awesome!
    Loved this- just bloody do it! That’s the answer.

    If you have internal or external voices telling you that you cannot do something, the best way to shut them up it to just fucking do it!!

  68. Char

    Absolutely needed this kick up the butt! THANKYOU!

  69. karen

    Awesome post. I study a myriad of resources for helping myself and others get unstuck & motivated etc. Your post rocks. Love it. Thank you.

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