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5 Reasons You Lack Motivation

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Feeling unmotivated may be one of the most frustrating feelings ever.  You have goals, you have things that you want to do, you even make plans.  But then, when the time comes, you just cannot get yourself together.  You reschedule, you push back your timelines, or you just do not do anything.  All motivation is gone and all you have is a bunch of unfulfilled plans and goals.  If this sounds like you, you are not alone.  This post explores five ways why you may feel this way.

Lack of Self-Discipline

Any goal that you have that is going to require a change in habit is going to require discipline.  If want to start eating healthier, you are going to have to be disciplined enough not to purchase the unhealthy foods that you might prefer.  Self-discipline is a vital part of your motivation to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself.  You may have to deny yourself of those things that make you comfortable but are not getting you any closer to your goals.  Many people fall short of their goals because their lack of self-discipline keeps them from creating those new habits or learning those new skills that can get you motivated to achieve your goals.

No Clear Goals

It is very hard to get motivated to achieve a goal that is not clearly defined.  It is important to clearly define the goal and how success will look.  Without clear goals you may know you want something different for yourself, but you will float through each day not feeling really motivated to do anything.  Real motivation can be found in clearly defined goals.  Clear goals increase motivation as it will make it more likely that your actions will be intentional as you move towards success.  Many times, there is a lack of motivation because, while we may desire a change, we do not clearly define where we want to end up.

Waiting for the Right Time

So many of us are guilty of this.  We are not truly motivated because we are waiting for the right time.  We are waiting for our kids to get older, waiting until we are totally out of debt, or for some other thing to fall perfectly into place.  Motivation can be lost during this waiting period.  This is because the right time never seems to arrive as other things always seems to come up and we push back out timeline more and more.  Life moves fast and time seems to move even faster.  The right time may never come so it is imperative to keep our motivation high by starting to work on our goals now.


Doubt can keep you from doing a lot of productive things that can move you towards your goals.  Doubting that you deserve all good things that come your way and doubting that you can reach your dreams are all motivation killers.  Self-doubt will keep you from doing all that you can to achieve your goals.  Depending on the type of goal you are trying to reach, half-trying may be the equivalent of not trying at all.  Self-doubt will keep you stagnant in life and will deplete you of all motivation.  Begin that you can accomplish all things and your motivation will begin to rise.

Negative Outlook

Have you ever met someone who had a bleak outlook on everything in life?  Whenever someone comes with just a little bit of good news, they come to the conversation with a bucket of water to throw on your good news.  Having a negative outlook on life can limit any motivation that you may have.  It is much easier to be motivated to do what you need to do to meet your goals when you believe that you can.  Try to pay attention to your thought patterns and how you view certain circumstances.  Begin to consciously frame any negative thoughts that you may have into more positive ones.  Hopefully, this will begin to increase your motivation.

unmotivated young lady

What other things would you add to this list? Comment below some strategies that you use to increase your motivation.

15 thoughts on “5 Reasons You Lack Motivation

  1. Thanks for sharing this! Waiting for the right time makes sense as an idea, but when you wait for years and years, time will most likely never come. I made a list of things I want to accomplish by a certain date/time and try as best as I can to stick to it.

    1. That is a great tip because you are right. Years will go by while you are waiting for the right time.

  2. Great post! I know self-doubt keeps me from pursuing my goals more often than I would like. I find when I focus on my wins, big and small, its helps quiet my self-doubt and gives me a little push.

    1. Focusing on the positive is a great way to quiet self-doubt! I am glad you enjoyed the post.

  3. My OH has started using a Motivational Chart which rewards you with different coloured squares each day when you achieve something. That & switching off the devices 30 mins before bed seem to be helping.

    1. I love the idea of a motivational chart!

  4. My OH has started using a Motivational Chart. You’re rewarded with different colour squares each time you achieve something. That and switching off all devices 30 mins before bed seem to be working well.

    1. I love the idea of a motivational chart!

  5. Oof, I felt this one, especially “waiting for the right time”! I struggle with that a lot, often making excuses for not doing something because I’ve got something “more important” to do (lies, haha). Thank you for writing this – it’s a reminder that’s come at the exact right time for me.

    1. Glad this post is a gentle reminder for you ☺️. “It’s not the right time” used to be my go to phrase when really I was just procrastinating. But we both know better so we will do better 😊.

  6. Really appreciate your post. To remain motivated is definitely a mindset. Knowing you have to accomplish things in a motivational chart can be helpful. Thank you for this post. 😊

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Mindset is key motivation. A motivational chart may be something I need to try.

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    1. Thank you 🥰!

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