Reasons Why You Lack Motivation, and How to Overcome It (5 Life-Changing Tips)

At one point in time or another, you might have been so tired and had a lack of motivation or any form of excitement to get some essential things done.

We all go through this or may have experienced this at one point in time or another, which is very ok.

For as long as you are human. There are times in which you lack every form of enthusiasm to even get out of bed. You feel tired even to go out and do something tangible and more productive.

Life tends to be in stages, no doubt, and each day can be more fulfilling if only you can make up your mind to do certain things rather than keep them for later. You can do a lot if you are motivated.

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Reasons Why You Lack Motivation and How to Overcome It

Having the motivation to do things is not so easy. A lot of times, you may have 1,000 countless reasons not to do the things you want to do.

You tell yourself you are not in the mood, and you do not have all that motivation you need at the time to get right into the tasks at hand to get it over with.

Below are 5 reasons why you lack motivation and how to overcome it;

1. You Doubt Yourself and Your Abilities

We all have different abilities and talents that are important to anchor us toward the path we should or need to follow.

But if you don’t believe in yourself and your abilities. If you doubt yourself and feel you cannot and will never amount to much.

Then you won’t feel motivated. In all sense, you will lack any form of motivation even to get started.

Hence, if you happen to fall into this category, it’s time to start telling yourself right from this moment that you are made and created for so much more.

You can achieve much more than you can ever imagine, all you need to do is stop doubting yourself. You might be thinking and probably saying, it’s easier said than done.

But how will you know if it will work for you when you have not tried it at least.? Or endeavor to take the first step into taking that course or learning that skill?

Henceforth, to improve and increase your lack of motivation, you need to tell yourself there is more in life, you deserve it, and you are going to start working very hard to get it.

Because you deserve all the good things, there is the universe has to offer.

2. You Want to Make Everyone Happy

It’s impossible to make everyone happy. Most times, you may try all you can to do certain things right just because you want to gain the approval of others.

Most of the time, because you are so concerned about making others happy, you tend to feel sad and withdrawn when you fail at the thing you wish to make others happy with.

And not having the motivation to do anything else. If you happen to fall into this category, then know you cannot please or make everyone happy. You need to think about yourself first before you think about others.

Have it at the back of your mind that those you are trying so much to make happy may not even appreciate your efforts, so build on your lack of motivation.

So why work your butts out trying to make them happy. While neglecting yourself in the process?

You can overcome this if you can come up with your own goals and strive to follow them at your own pace rather than being haywire trying to make others happy at all costs. Hence letting yourself down in the process.

3. You Tend to Have the ‘I Don’t Care Mentality.’

If you happen to fall in this category, you might be going through either mild or acute depression.

Your feeling depressed might be because you have given up on life due to certain things that may/might have happened to you in the past.

And you simply have developed the; I don’t care mentality over time, which may or might not have eaten so deep into you.

You wake up and do the same boring thing repeatedly. You lack excitement and motivation and simply want to be left alone in your shell of I don’t care!!!

This is wrong, and you should snap out of it. No matter what may have happened to place yourself in this fix, it’s fine!!

However, it has been done, and there’s not much you can do about it to change it. But only to get yourself together and make the best use of what you have left.

And move on!!! Remember, your loved ones count on you for so much more.

So snap out of your I don’t care mentality and get off your butt and re-strategize on the best plan of action, stick to the plan, and watch your life transform over time.

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4. You’re Being Stagnant on Things You Need to Be Doing

Have you ever been in such a situation where you tend to wake up in the morning? Then head over to the bathroom, and brush your teeth.

And then go over to the kitchen and make yourself some breakfast. And then you went over to the couch and decided to watch a program going on on TV?

After about 2 hours, you change the channel to another, and you are on the couch watching different TV channels from morning until late hours in the evening because of a lack of motivation.

Do you usually notice you tend to feel so tired as if you’ve run a marathon race? Even though you haven’t moved an inch over the last hour of your being on the couch?

Perhaps only when you decided to go to the loo to urinate. You decided to be so stagnant on the couch.

Not because you do not have essential things to do for the day. Instead of watching TV all day. But you don’t feel motivated or are in the mood to get things done.

On the other hand, have you ever noticed when you wake up and decide you must achieve a whole lot of things for the day?

From one task, you move on to another. Just like a train moving gently around the rail? Did you notice you weren’t stagnant? You achieved more for the day, feeling more energized and vibrant.

Rather than when you decided to be lazy on the couch all day and at the end of the day, you felt more fulfilled and happy with yourself for accomplishing much more.

5. Having to Do a Whole Lot All at Once

You just checked your list of things to do for the day and realized you’ve written plenty of things to accomplish for the day.

The next thing you would experience is the excitement you had felt earlier had been flung out of the window.

At that moment, you start asking yourself where will you start and which of the tasks, out of the whole bunch of tasks for the day, you will start with.

Most of the time, we are often guilty of this. But you know what? You can overcome it. All you need to do is highlight those things that are very, very essential a day at a time.

And don’t try doing everything all at once. Doing this would only stress you out.

And make you feel less enthusiastic and lack motivation when doing the task. And in no time, you will feel so stressed and fagged out. With your energy level dropping in no time!

If in any way, you fall into this category. Then you need to slow down on things you need to do. And take all your bulky tasks a step at a time.

You could do this by breaking them into smaller bits of activities. And assigning days to each of the smaller tasks and ensuring you can do them.

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Final Thought

Discovering the reasons behind a lack of motivation is the first step towards overcoming it.

Whether it’s fear, self-doubt, or external pressures, addressing these issues head-on empowers you to make positive changes.

Building a supportive environment, setting realistic goals, and celebrating small victories can reignite your motivation.

Remember, it’s okay to seek help from friends, family, or professionals if needed, and do not drive to make everyone happy you only owe happiness to yourself.

By understanding and overcoming the barriers to motivation, you can pave the way for a more inspired and fulfilling life.


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