How to Overcome a Lack of Motivation To Do Anything

Lack of Motivation to do anything

In this article, I’m going to cover 8 ways to help you overcome a lack of motivation to do anything.  If you ever need to do things but don’t feel like doing them, then this article will really help you.

You will learn how successful people overcome a lack of motivation to do anything.  They have different ways of dealing with a lack of motivation so that it doesn’t prevent them from achieving fantastic results and high levels of success in life.

Find out how you can overcome a lack of motivation to do anything right now.  Learn and apply this information and you can achieve your full potential and feel happy and fulfilled at the same time.

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Having a lack of motivation to do anything can be very frustrating when you’ve got big goals that you want to achieve. You just want the motivation or inspiration to get going.

To help you, I’m going to cover eight ways to help you increase your motivation:

1. Use action to create motivation

Many of us have this the wrong way around. You wait to feel motivated before you actually do anything. Can you relate to that? However, successful people take action first and then the motivation and inspiration comes later. They just do it, whether they feel like it or not. That’s a key difference. So the next time you don’t feel motivated, do the task anyway and just see what happens.

2. Take pleasure in the action, rather than the goal

This is about falling in love with the process, rather than the results. We tend to be hardwired to focus on immediate gratification, we want things now, we want the benefits now. Advertising is all about having things now because people want the quick fix.

Physical exercise is a wonderful example of where the benefits come later. Your goal to lose weight or build muscle can take a few months. So with exercise, fall in love with the process and enjoy what you’re doing.  Notice the feeling of accomplishment as you work towards achieving your long-term fitness goals.

3. Focus on benefiting others

Most (but not all) tasks are likely to benefit someone else down the road.  Thinking this way will get you out of your own head and more focused on serving others. For example, if you’re studying to become a doctor, lawyer or therapist, then your new specialized knowledge will benefit many people when you qualify and start using this knowledge.  Focussing on benefiting others is a great way to overcome a lack of motivation to do anything.

4. Know your purpose and why

If you have enough good reasons to do anything then the motivation will come. Start to get really clear on your vision, goal or target. Make it really exciting and notice how your motivation increases.

Write down 20 to 50 reasons or benefits for achieving this major goal. As you write these reasons, notice how your motivation increases. Your reasons could be positive or negative. Positive reasons pull you towards your goal.  Negative reasons push you towards your goal by focussing on moving away from something you don’t want. Both are useful.

When coming up with reasons, think about all the little details as well.  Also, think about the times when you have achieved goals in the past. This increases your belief that you can do it again.

5. Lower your expectations

A few weeks ago, I had a lot of things on my to-do list.  Just looking at it, made me feel overwhelmed and unmotivated.  It all seemed important, but there was no way I could do everything on the list.  I took a few things off the list and then felt confident about my ability to get these tasks done.

Setting too many tasks or goals and missing them on a regular basis sends a message to your unconscious mind that you are the kind of person that doesn’t achieve everything that’s on their to-do list. This then becomes a habit and lowers your belief that you can get things done quickly and efficiently.

6. Have a fun task as a reward

One of my favorite ways to overcome a lack of motivation to do anything is to have a fun task as a reward. When you look through your to-do list, there is probably one or two tasks that you feel more motivated to do. Make these reward tasks and only do them when you have completed more difficult or challenging tasks.  For me, reward tasks usually involve learning new personal development information or hypnotherapy techniques to use with my clients.

7. Know when to stop and evaluate

Have you ever had a time when you were taking action, but the motivation didn’t follow? Or you’re making mistakes, not getting much done and everything seems too hard? – When this happens, it’s time to take a break.  If you’re physically tired, take a power-nap.  If your brain needs a rest, then meditate for a while.  The Brendon Burchard release meditation is a good one to use on these occasions.  To do the release meditation, sit quietly with your eyes closed and say the word “release” every three or four seconds. This will help your brain refocus and revitalize.

8. Productive momentum

Productive momentum is getting a few short tasks completed early in the day.  This gets you into the habit of getting things done.  A great way to do this is to have a morning routine or morning ritual. This is a set of habits that you do every day.  This could include repeating affirmations, visualizing your goals, journaling or thinking of 5 things that you are grateful for.  Doing these rituals will increase your motivation immensely.

Morning routines are also a wonderful way to get yourself into a more positive frame of mind anyway, by starting the day working on yourself.  To find out more about how a morning ritual could help increase your motivation and level of fulfillment and happiness, go to

So those are my eight ways to help you overcome a lack of motivation to do anything.

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