If you find yourself losing motivation to actually follow through with the things you told yourself that you'd do -- finish work, exercise, eat healthy -- but end up saying "I don't feel like it", you're not alone. In fact, you have two other versions of yourself that are always on your team.
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Right now, you're Present You. You're unsure about things and in need of convincing and motivation, but Past You and Future You can help. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits suggests you consult the other versions of yourself when you simply "don't feel like doing something":
Past Me said to do it, and Future Me will thank me, so let's do it.
You have a whole team backing you up and you didn't even know it. Think of your other selves as shoulder angels egging you on, with no shoulder devil in sight. Your Future Self can be a particularly helpful ally, so listen to them the next time you're feeling demotivated. You owe them an honest try.
What You Can Say Instead of "I Don't Feel Like It" [Zen Habits]