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Don't Let Them Get to You - But better phrasing?

Trying to come up with inspirational sayings for boundary enforcement, something that can be embroidered or engraved. Some sort of physical embodiment of this saying will be created. The idea should be you can't save everyone, you need to not take on the pain of the world, everything is not on your shoulders, you can say no, et cetera. [more inside]
posted by RainyJay on Jul 10, 2014 - 26 answers

Research paralysis -- moving past: "what's the point?"

I'm writing what promises to be the last parts of my dissertation but am not handling the important and most basic questions well. How do I stay sane and somewhat productive in uncertain times? (longish details within) [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jul 7, 2014 - 6 answers

I would really appreciate some career and life advice

At the moment, I'm feeling at a loose end and really direction-less. I don't know what I want to do with my life and it's making me feel really depressed. I have no short or long term goals. I'm in the process of being referred for CBT and have taken up running to treat the depression. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Jun 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Dealing with mental fatigue throughout the week

I usually start off the week with a lot of energy and ready to go. But by Wednesday, I feel mentally fatigued, lacking motivation, prone to procrastination, unable to focus creatively. The worst part is that I really need the energy to push through to Friday deadlines. Do you have any tips or advice to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jun 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Inside Baby and the Not-Bummer Summer

With ~10 weeks to go in my pregnancy, some health complications are keeping me and my husband close to home and eating bland food. Have kept us there for quite a while already, actually. How can we keep from going stir-crazy, especially at a time when I would love to be out and about? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Inspirational quotes on the subject of moving forward in life.

I am designing a poster for a personal project on the subject of "always moving forward" and "taking the next step" – do you have any quotes that you live by on that subject? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Motivation, Drive, Learning

Has anyone ever experienced a reduction in their motivation and drive? If so, what things have you done to try and change it? In the past, my motivation has been influenced by pain and fear, but that doesn't seem like the most useful way of staying motivated at least that is what my friends have told me. On the same topic, does anyone have any book recommendations or movies that have helped them get motivated again?
posted by nidora on Apr 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Boss me around, please!

My manager is very hands-off and this is not going to change. How can I get better at managing myself, when I would prefer an environment with more direction and feedback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body...

Should I put more effort into reading books? Is not reading books detrimental to my critical thinking skills? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Apr 17, 2014 - 21 answers

How can I pick myself up and keep going?

I've had a difficult time over the last while and I feel like I've completely run out of steam. How can I keep going and accomplish all I need to? I feel all my motivation is gone and frankly I just want to hibernate but obviously I can't. Have you ideas about how to keep putting one foot in front of the other? [more inside]
posted by outoftime on Apr 17, 2014 - 31 answers

It isn't dire so I guess I don't care...?

I lost close to 100lbs and have kept it off for years. I want to continue to lose the weight, but I don't have anything pushing me to do so. I'm not gaining, but I'm not losing either. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 14, 2014 - 24 answers

School is Depressing

Every semester my motivation follows the same pattern. I excel in courses for the first month or so of classes, then my motivation sharply drops off. What are some workarounds and strategies to give a more consistent performance? [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Apr 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeking stories of personal transformation

I'm seeking stories of personal transformation. Those who overcame their depression and lack of focus to become a driven and motivated person. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Mar 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me salvage the rest of my academic career and also my life

Does anyone have tips for how to get things done when you are feeling really depressed or generally terrible? I need to make myself catch up when I am dangerously behind in school. [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

bootstraps for hobbyists

My life is calm. I live in one place. My house is clean and decluttered. I have free time. And now I am bored... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Is this just summer-fall-winter-spring-summer-fall-winter-spring love?

Struggling with my boyfriend's apparent lack of effort in our relationship, but I'm not sure if it's worth trying to work though, because he won't discuss if he have a future together. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 12, 2014 - 39 answers

This can't continue

You aren't my doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, but maybe you have something to share that will help me get onto a path toward curing a relentless, life-altering ( in the worst possible way( issue with sleep. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 11, 2014 - 53 answers

3 motivational tools to help me rock 2014

I want an app, a visual reminder & a sound track. 2014 is going to be my best year yet, and I need some tools to make it work. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Motivation to exercise when there are no goals, or they are vague?

I have read in numerous places that exercise can sometimes help with mood and concentration. My only exercise goal is to help alleviate these possible issues, but I couldn't keep any motivation and stopped after only a few weeks. Specific considerations: [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Nov 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Life without a motor?

I've never had much motivation to do anything, or much ability to persevere, and this makes life a chore. I feel like I was born without a motor - like other people have some source of energy inside that drives them towards their goals, while I tend to just drift passively and hope the things I want come to me (they don't). Talk therapy hasn't helped much, and I'm not sure what to try next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2013 - 27 answers

How do I get myself to love running and physical activity?

I've been on a bit of a health kick lately--excercising, moving around, and trying to really improve the life I've been leading. I've also begun to run as well and even though I know it is good for him, I always balk, delay, or procrastinate when I know I should do it. After exercising I feel great. Awesome. Amazing. However, it is the initial thought of getting out there, that effort, that strain that prevents me from breaking inertia and actually getting out there. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Oct 1, 2013 - 34 answers

What's your favourite (protest) music of the moment?

Post Australian Federal election, faced with my nation of birth demoting science, closing the Climate Commission and being assholes about asylum seekers I'm feeling angry, but also pretty hopeless. And that's just the major Australian issues of the last fortnight. I need music to keep me going. What are your favourite protest, activist and resistance songs that are just plain good music? (Bonus points for relevant artists that aren't bolshy white men.) [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Sep 28, 2013 - 20 answers

You Can Make It If You Try

I am a big believer that motivation is everything. I have some things I want to accomplish and am in a motivational slump of sorts (call it apathy). I am not depressed. What are some motivational tricks or strategies you use to build motivation levels? For example:listen to "eye of the tiger" real loud (i've done this).
posted by Xurando on Sep 15, 2013 - 10 answers

I want to want to look good

A few years ago I was on a great weight loss path, and then it stopped when disaster struck... but the gist of it is a big part of my motivation was the SO I had at the time. So how do I get motivated for me? I want to lose weight, but not enough to overcome my self-imposed obstacles. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette Fantoche on Sep 6, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I stay motivated without concrete, guaranteed benifits?

I used to think that I was lazy, but now I find that I can be motivated, dedicated and extremely efficient...but only when there are concrete and guaranteed benifits to my actions. Right now, I want to expand my portfolio and gain some new skills for the sake of increasing my employability and maybe getting a different job. But since this goal is far-off and not guaranteed, I'm having trouble sticking to it and I've been getting nowhere. Is there a way to operate that allows my actions to have short term and guaranteed benefits? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Landmark/est equivalents?

What books/podcasts/videos have content similar to est/Landmark Forum? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Best motivational and enthusiastic cheers for race spectators to use?

"You got this!" "Looking good! Looking strong!" "Keep it going, almost there!" I have a few solid cheers up my sleeve, but looking for that quick one-liner that would help YOU feel supported while you make it to the finish line. [more inside]
posted by ariela on Jul 28, 2013 - 28 answers

CareerStarterFilter: What kind of goals can I set as I begin working?

What kind of goals do you suggest setting for someone starting his or her work life? Both concrete goals for the job and general motivations for earning money [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jun 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Figurative acrophobia

How do I fight my inner self-saboteur? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

A mysterious alien from a distant solar system wants to PUMP YOU UP

The only thing that gets me to the gym is watching science fiction movies on my iPhone. Can you recommend some more based on the criteria inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Great short stories to read aloud for ESL teens

I'm looking for a few short stories to read aloud to ESL students between 13 and 16 years old, each divisible into a few 15- to 20-minute chunks, and each engaging. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jun 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Stories about disliked activities becoming loved activities?

Can you point me to specific stories, either your own or else freely available on the web, of times when someone has really disliked an activity at the beginning and found it very difficult or unnatural, but after working at it for a significant amount of time, finally comes to love and excel at it?
posted by shivohum on May 21, 2013 - 12 answers

In it to win it. 4 REALZ.

You're a competitive athlete. How did you level up? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me keep a kid engaged.

Help me design a Star Wars themed activity for a preteen kid. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on May 15, 2013 - 8 answers

21 year old University student in a rut, bad habits creeping up to me

I am currently in a transition stage in my life--ending my Study Abroad semester in France, potentially moving out of a dysfunctional home after moving back in temporarily, spending a lot of time on my own traveling/at home. I'm writing because for some unbearable time, I've been feeling like my life is in a rut. I don't play my guitar or sing my own music anymore. I eat badly and without thought--often eat pasta dishes or friend eggs for a meal twice or thrice a day. I am messy as ever--My tiny room is in a disarray and I have a hard time keeping it even regularly clean. I've gained about 6 lbs since I've been here. I don't work out--I guess I lack the motivation to do so here. I listen to music all day, eat whatever I want, go out and enjoy a party whenever I feel like it, get dinner at awesome restaurants often. I just have no structure and it seriously is having an impact on my discipline and motivation levels. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on May 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

I can no longer start or finish even the most basic tasks.

And I mean anything. People, school, projects, hobbies... I always, always give up on the things I start. And it isn't even about losing interest. Yeah, there are things that I'll eventually lose interest in and quit and that's not really a problem. What bothers me is that I quit things I'm actually interested in, too. For example, I was so completely into a book I was reading last week. Really, really into it. You'd think I'd finish it, then, but I didn't. I have an entire library full of half-read books, most of which I'd love to start reading again but just can't. Won't. Cant. Ugh. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Why is writing things down demotivating?

As soon as I write something down, I forget about it. This is very problematic for to-do lists... because as soon as I write down a thing I want to do, I no longer feel like doing it and find it uninteresting to even think about (because hey, I wrote it down, so I no longer have to think about it). Help me hack my motivation to overcome this. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Apr 26, 2013 - 24 answers

Can you improve on "It sucks but do it anyway" as a musical mantra?

Looking for motivational songs that lyrically acknowledge tedium or lack of willingness to get something done while telling you to suck it up, in the vein of (previously on MeFi) "Do It Anyway" by Ben Folds Five. Need to be able to chant the refrain while, e.g., getting out of bed early to go work out. Has to have a driving beat, of course.
posted by psoas on Apr 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Bar Exam Playlist

I am putting together a playlist for bar exam preparations. I am looking for songs that will help ease the pain of studying and have compiled a few from a range of genres. What else can I add to this to make it the ultimate inspirational list of songs? Here are some that I have already chosen: Isley Brothers - Work to Do Jay Z - 99 Problems LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out Beyonce - Run the World (girls) David Bowie - Under Pressure ODB - Got your money Fugees - Killing me softly
posted by allthingsconsidered on Apr 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Help Us Get Our Butts Moving!

My husband and I have made a pact to get in shape. It hasn't happened that often even though we both want to! What are some goals that have helped you (and a workout buddy) actually get out there? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Apr 14, 2013 - 33 answers

How to stay motivated as a 20-something facing years of MORE school?

Problem is that I'm losing steam at this point, facing many more years of school ahead of me if I'm accepted into professional school. How I can shake the feelings of uncertaintly as I keep plugging away? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Apr 7, 2013 - 20 answers

X + Y = motivation!!

What are the components of a stellar pep talk? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Mar 26, 2013 - 1 answer

I don´t want to be pushed or scared anymore! (Details inside)

How can I be more creative, self-motivated and stick to my goals? [more inside]
posted by Matrod on Mar 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Welcome to Corporate Hell, have a nice stay!

Looking for lifehacks to help me thrive in a stressful high-pressure job working 50+ hours a week long-term. I am special, find out why.. [more inside]
posted by f3l1x on Mar 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Music teaching with rebellious children

You are a music teacher who knows how to make lessons fun and involving for a young person in a rebellious frame of mind. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Mar 4, 2013 - 3 answers

What do you do to motivate yourself?

Do you ever wake up in the morning, look at the tasks ahead of you, and ask yourself 'why bother'? If so, how do you answer that question? [more inside]
posted by MrOlenCanter on Mar 4, 2013 - 28 answers

How can I achieve a state of creative flow as a writer?

When I'm racing to meet a writing deadline, I feel a sense of exhilaration, momentum, and flow. How can achieve that state on a regular basis so I can make steady progress on my writing? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Feb 27, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I keep motivating myself to do medical treatments?

How do I keep motivating myself to do medical treatments when I'm so tired, physically, intellectually and emotionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Tips for staying motivated in Grad School

Two years into a Ph.D. program in the biological science (in the US) and I am in a lab doing research. The lab I'm in takes a hand-off approach to our research, so much of the motivation to do projects must come from me. Unfortunately I'm the kind of person who needs deadlines and strong guidance, and without these two things I've begun to drift a little. Any tips for keeping my eyes on the prize and staying immersed in my field? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

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