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In a Rut? Use Positive Action Verbs to Motivate You

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

We've all been stuck in that place where things just don't seem to go forward. We have trouble getting motivated and our goals seem either out of reach or too weak. In short, we are uninspired! If you're having trouble getting inspired, it may be simply your choice of verbs.

Science has shown us time and time again that the use of positive motivational words makes a difference. So why not try them for yourself? Here are 5 action verbs that can help get you inspired and get you out of your rut.


Give to a charity, an individual in need, or simply a friend or relative. You don't have to give something expensive or big. Just a show of appreciation will do, such as a card or a flower.

Why does it work? Giving is a very uplifting experience since it frees your mind from thinking that there is not enough in the world. Giving teaches you that there is plenty to go around, and it will cause you to attract more good things in your life.


Learn a new language or a new dance. Learn about something you know nothing about, or learn to play a song on the piano or guitar.

Why does it work? Learning something new develops your nervous system and makes you think in ways you've never thought of before.


Change your routine! Take a different route to work, change your usual clothing style, your hairstyle, or change what you normally eat.

Why does it work? Change begets change. If you want a big change, start by making a small change.


Participate in community activities, such as a sports team or joining a club.

Why does it work? Participation requires social interaction and creativity, both of which will stimulate and inspire you!


Create a piece of art, write a short story, make a bookshelf, or start a website.

Why does it work? The act of creating stimulates all those dormant forces that allow change to enter your life.

Each time you perform one of these inspiring actions, take several minutes to feel good about it. You want your attitude to catch up to your actions. Also make sure that you enjoy the process, knowing that what you are doing is good for you and those around you as well.

Sometimes, just the exercise of reviewing these action verbs will be inspiration enough to get you thinking of what you could do to change your life. I hope you enjoy using these inspiring action verbs to change your mental state and improve your life. I'm sure that now you can think of some on your own.

Remember, though, nothing happens without taking action!

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