We all know a few people that just lack motivation in life. Motivation to get out of bed, work, take care of obligations, care for others, take care of the family and generally just be a lump of coal in society. What drives a person to become that unmotivated about living life is the big question? How do we lose our motivation to become what we can and to overcome life’s hurdles and obstacles. How do we find ourselves unmotivated to be a good father, mother, friend, worker or person. In reading up on it and reading some Bible verses today I found a few things that hit home and I can see some of these things in people I encounter, work with, know or coach.
Not having motivation is having no plan. It is a direct correlation to a lack of success in life. That lack of success breeds issues, laziness, self doubt and many other inner conditions humans face. First I will address some common causes of lack of motivation and what may cause it in people.
1- They have emotional baggage holding them back.
2- They are not goal oriented people.
3- They play the blame game.
4- They want things done for them (welcome to the new world).
5- They make excuses for their lack of motivation. (sick, tired, unhealthy, not popular, not smart, people do not like them, blah, blah, blah).
6- They have suffered some significant setbacks and just gave up on life.
There are many other things that describe what may have happened to a person that shows a lack of motivation. Now lets talk about how they can come out of this “motivational funk” and move forward in life, work, family and play.
1- Get off your butt and do something.
2- Quit blaming others and point the finger at yourself.
3- Get over yourself (pity party) and take action to change your life.
4- Set goals, think about your dreams and visions and apply yourself daily.
5- Look at setbacks, pitfalls, disappointments and other unwanted life events as opportunity.
6- Change your routine, start the day earlier, drop bad habits, sleep more, eat better.
Lastly, to overcome a lack of motivation no one can do it for you. I can write down 10,000 ways to beat a lack of motivation, but you have to be the one to do it. No one owes you anything in life. Quit being a victim and start being productive. Quit expecting a handout and get a job. Stop blaming mom, dad, family, mistakes, the police, the neighbor, the person that looks different from you and look in the mirror. Attack your day with vigor, pride and work hard. Hard work can beat anything life throws at you!
Proverbs 14:23; In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
1st Corinthians 15:58; Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.