How To Stay Motivated When You’re Not In The Mood To Do Anything

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@MindBodyGreen @alignyourlife How To Stay Motivated When You’re Not In The Mood To Do Anything

APRIL 4, 2015

No matter how motivated we consider ourselves as people, there are always going to be times when are less than excited to take action.

Maybe sitting on the couch sounds more appealing than going for a run. Maybe the overwhelm of a large project prevents you from taking that first step, so you decide to “start tomorrow.” Or maybe it’s a more abstract lack of motivation, and you feel unable to focus on your true passions and desires.

To get down to business, it’s a good (and practical) idea to actually stop and think about what makes some people seemingly better able to stay focused, organized, and goal-oriented. Is it superior self-control? Do they have more motivation muscles? Are they inherently more inspired?

The answer to all of these questions is no. So why do we struggle with this issue?

·         Most of us were never taught these skills. Sure, I know how the capitals of the fifty states and I can hold my own in long division, but the skills associated with executive functioning are never formally taught. It’s assumed that you came out of the womb knowing how to manage your time, prioritize and push through discomfort.

·         We don’t plan our time, or if we do, we don’t learn how to stick to the plan.

·         We take on too much and then feel pulled in too many directions.

For most people, fear is the biggest culprit behind our motivation, time-management and general life struggles. Many of us unconsciously believe that we “should” be doing something other than what we want, we procrastinate to avoid pain, or we don’t believe we deserve to take time for ourselves.

The truth is that motivation isn’t about productivity, it’s the failure to use your personal power, giving up your freedom in the process.’ [1]

Click here to read more on how Amita Patel reminds those of us who have self-doubts, fears, those who tend to procrastinate, those of us who eagerly accepts the invitation to slump in front of a television rather getting on with business, that we are responsible for our own vision. In ms Patel’s own words, she wants to: ‘remind them of the reasons why they wanted to stop playing small in the first place.[1]

Find full article here.


[1] Patel, Amita. 2015. How to stay motivated when you’re not in the mood to do anything. [Web:]  [Date of Access:] 6 April 2015





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