Let’s talk about motivation, because motivation is a funny size. You often hear the phrase “I don’t have the motivation…” as an excuse to not do things. I’ve used it way to much myself.
But what is motivation other than a kick in the ass? It’s not like motivation appears from thin air. Motivation is self control. It’s wanting to reach a goal. It’s not telling yourself bad excuses. It’s doing things even when we don’t want to do it. It’s taking responsibility.
Not having the motivation is a bad excuse for not taking responsibility for your own actions. And often an excuse for being lazy. For me, realizing this helped me so much. It isn’t that we can never use the phrase “no motivation” because I think we all have days where no matter what we just wanna stay on that couch instead of going to the gym, but while you might say “I have no motivation…” to the world, be honest with yourself.
It isn’t missing motivation that’s keeping me on the couch on Sundays, it’s being a lazy fat-ass who loves to binge-watch TV.
For me it’s worked wonders to stop up every time I don’t “feel motivated” and ask myself why I don’t feel motivated. Admitting it’s because I’m lazy, often ends up getting me out the door, because while I don’t mind feeling un-motivated (something that’s been widely accepted as normal) I hate being lazy.
If you wanna read more about motivation, The iNLP Center has a great article about lack of motivation, what might cause it, and what might help you cure it.
What’s your worst “I don’t feel motivated…” sin?