meditation for motivation

In this guide, I will share the best meditations for motivation, with their scripts, plus some of the best guided meditations for motivation.

When you want to know how to get motivated, meditation should be your go-to. Not only does meditation remove many of the barriers between you and positive energy, it also focuses your energy so you can get things done.  It is one of the keys to success in life.


Sometimes we are all lazy. Sometimes we need help overcoming procrastination (READ: How to overcome laziness).

But other times you want to kickass.

Here’s how to do it

The best meditations for self-motivation   

1: Guided Meditation For Motivation

Guided Meditation for Positive Mindset & Motivation / Positive Affirmations / Mindful Movement

Definitely, the easiest way to go is to use a guided-meditation for success. Above is one of my favourite videos for this.

2: Loving-Kindness

One of the most essential elements of self-motivation is self-love [1]. You need to feel compassionate and loving towards yourself so that you naturally want to make life better for yourself. If you feel negative about yourself, that negativity will continually sap away at your motivation.

To develop self love, use loving-kindness meditation (Metta), a Buddhist method in which we focus on sending and receiving love and kindness. You can practise this method focusing on yourself and focusing on other people. To use this meditation for motivation, you will want to do both. Spend ten minutes focusing on yourself and then ten minutes focusing on others. Imagine sending love and kindness to yourself and others, and recite the mantra “May [I or the name of the person] be happy. May I have success. May I be free from suffering”. Spend twenty minutes reciting this mantra. Scientific research reveals that Buddhist Metta cultivates feelings of joy and happiness, the type of feelings you need in order to feel motivated.

3: Visualization

One of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to motivation is visualizing your success. Tony Robbins states that you need to be able to visualize your success if you are to achieve. You can do this by meditating and imagining yourself succeeding. However, there is an important note, because it is vital that you also bear in mind the barriers keeping you from success. Scientific studies show that when we visualize that we have already achieved the success we actually get demotivated [2] because the mind thinks we have already achieved our goal. Therefore, visualize yourself working through your obstacles on the pathway to success. It is imperative to visualize the hard work and to be aware of the obstacles.

4: Silence your mind to find your life’s purpose

When you know your life’s purpose, you will naturally be incredibly motivated because you know the one thing you want to achieve above all else. The problem is that stress and pressure interfere with our life’s purpose. The day to day grind of life can make it a challenge even to realise your life’s purpose, let alone achieve it. That’s why one of the best meditations for motivation is nothingness.

Meditating on nothingness quiets your mind so you can let go of negative thoughts, stress and pressure. When you do this, you will touch a deeper part of your soul and find what truly fires you up. Spend twenty minutes meditating on nothing and listen to your inner guidance.

5: Dynamic Meditation & Dance

In many ways, the link between meditation and motivation is a strange one. Many studies have shown that meditation is demotivating [3]. The reason is that meditation makes us accept things, and so we are less likely to want to change things.

However, that’s only true of specific meditation techniques. Some methods are truly excellent for firing us up. For instance, another of the best meditations for motivating yourself is Dynamic and Dance meditation. These meditations are active. They get blood flowing through the body and they produce the positive energy that you need to feel motivated.

6: Mantras & Affirmations

Another of the best meditations for motivation is mantra meditation. Mantras and affirmations are phrases that we repeat to ourselves in order to create certain thoughts and feelings.

For instance, “I am working hard and being productive” is one mantra for self motivation. This mantra sets your mind to being productive so you naturally achieve more through the day.

But here is a warning: Do not make your mantra something like “I have achieved my dream” because you do not want your mind to think you have already achieved success. Also don’t make it something like “Life is easy” because that will motivate you to put less effort into thinks. Instead, make it positive, realistic, and effortful. For instance, “I am working hard, overcoming my obstacles, and moving towards success.”

Once you choose your mantra, recite it 108 times to yourself while meditating.

7: Compassion (Karuna)

Another incredible meditation for motivation is the Buddhist method Karuna (the word “Karuna” means “compassion”). This is actually the method Buddha used to motivate himself to help the people in his Sangha (community).

Every morning from 4am, Buddha would sit meditating and would practice Karuna. He would meditate on the suffering of the people in his community, and how he might help them. Being aware of how people were suffering naturally made Buddha want to change things, and so it motivated him to act.

Meditate on the suffering of others and particularly on efforts that you can take to help other people overcome suffering (including yourself). This is arguably the absolute best meditation for motivation in life.


Above, we have looked at my picks of the best meditations for motivations. We’ve seen how guided meditations can relax us s we are more productive, and compassion-based meditations can motivate us to help others.

Which of these meditations is your favourite?

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1: Self-Compassion Increases Self-Improvement MotivationJuliana Breines at the University of California, Berkeley, and published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 

4: Mindfulness Is Demotivating, Scott Berinato, Harvard Business Review,

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Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.


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