It’s been a while since I last wrote an article. A lack of motivation is the excuse I gave myself. There will always be certain days in our lives where we will feel demotivated. We might be doing something that we are passionate about, yet the inspiration is just not there.

“I just don’t have any new ideas to write about…”

That’s my excuse. “I’m waiting for the inspiration to write”. Sounds like a pretty good excuse. However, does inspiration eventually come when I’m not writing? Most of the time, no.

You see, when we don’t feel like doing anything, we always have a nice excuse to trick ourselves, to tell ourselves:

 “It’s okay to procrastinate for one day.”

“I’ll take the day off.”

“This will be an off day for me.”

When this happens, it’s still reasonable. There is nothing wrong with taking a day off when you’re feeling tired or demotivated. But, sometimes, the situation just gets worse, as mentioned in Newton’s First Law:

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

We’ll eventually end up being unproductive for days. The reason behind this? A lack of motivation. You just don’t feel the need to get your things done. Keep in mind that once you allow yourself to procrastinate, you’ll most likely end up procrastinating for the rest of the day and maybe even continue doing so the next day and the day after that. So, a force must be exerted upon yourself to turn the tide. You should remind yourself to stop relying too much on motivation alone.

Do you really lack motivation?

Why stop relying on motivation when what you need to start working on your stuff is to get motivated?

Before I answer this, ask yourself these 2 simple questions:

  1. Did you take any action to boost your motivation when you feel demotivated?
  2. Did your motivation last for a long time?

Sometimes, feeling demotivated is just an excuse for your laziness. Doesn’t telling yourself “I’m just lack the motivation to do my job” sound better than “I’m just lazy to do my job”? At least, this is the case with me. I’m just too lazy to write.

Of course, there will be times when you’re feeling hopeless and desperate about your current situation and feel really demotivated. If your answer for the first question is yes, then by all means, continue to do so.

But, eventually it won’t really last long. The most important factors that decide how motivated you are will be your determination and willpower. If you aren’t determined enough and you once again don’t feel like doing what should be done, you’ll tell yourself that you lack motivation again.

So, stop relying too much on motivation to get things done. Instead form a habit.

Why form a habit?

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

– Zig Ziglar

At first, we need some motivation to get us started. But, as I have said, most of the time it won’t last for a long time. You need to form a habit of doing it, in order to keep yourself moving forward despite of the boredom, a lack of motivation or any other obstacles you might possibly face. It’s your perseverance that decides your success in the future.

  1.  If you formed the habit of reading every day, you will never feel a lack of motivation to read again. And with the benefits and knowledge you gain from reading, you will become more knowledgeable than you were before.
  2. If you have formed the habit of exercising every day, it will become an automatic routine in your daily life. No more motivation will be needed. Eventually, you will become healthier and look more lively.

Never underestimate the power of habits. Even a small habit can have a huge impact on your life. Bad habits may ruin your life but good habits will improve all aspects of your life.


If you’re serious about forming habits, be sure to check out this blog by James Clear. You may also check out this article about how to start a new habits written by him.

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