I read a very long and interesting article today and thought it would be great to share my summary here with the community.
Doing something brings more emotional motivation, instead of the other way around.
Basically instead of thinking of it as:
Emotional Inspiration -> Motivation -> Desirable Action
(Shortened to Inspiration -> Motivation -> Action)
You can think of it as a loop:
Inspiration -> Motivation -> Action -> Inspiration -> Motivation -> Action
Essentially, when you take action on something you get more inspired which in turn motivates you and makes you take more action.
However, this means we don't need to wait for emotional inspiration. Instead, we can start by taking action because we know that this will happen:
Action -> Inspiration -> Motivation
If we take action, we'll start to get inspired, and we'll, in turn, be more motivated.
Shortcut this by using something called the 5 Minute Rule.
If you really don't want to do something, tell yourself to do it for 5 minutes.
If after 5 minutes you really don't want to do it, then you're allowed to stop.
However 99 times out of 100, what happens is after 5 minutes, you will be absorbed by the task and want to keep going because taking action has made you motivated to do it.