Why Am I Unmotivated? 5 Eye Opening Reasons & How to Fix Them

Let’s be honest. There are just some days where it just ain’t going your way and you feel unmotivated.

Have you ever caught yourself saying “Why do I feel like *$#% today?”

Then it leads to you not being productive for the day…

And before you know it, you completely disregard whatever you were doing in the first place.

Everyone suffers from a lack of motivation at some point. We’ve all been there… That feeling of being stuck or lack of drive can be really frustrating.

Because the fact is: being unmotivated is a big concern as it can occur in any situation and can hinder what we want to ultimately accomplish.

But the first step is that we must be AWARE that we’re feeling unmotivated in order to get back on track to success before addressing what we can do to improve that motivation.

In this article, we’re going to identify some reasons you might have no motivation, so you can implement the necessary strategies when these situations arise.

What is Motivation Exactly?

Simply, motivation is the act of doing something you desire for the sole purpose of accomplishment. It is used to describe why a person does something… that driving force behind human actions.

Oftentimes when we’re striving for a goal, we need that strength and willingness to help us improve our habits to get the results we want. This is where motivation comes into play.

For example, let’s say you’re not feeling very motivated to exercise. Thinking about how good you’re going to look in the future if you do go to the gym can give you that extra boost you need to hit the weights. On the other hand, you can be the total opposite and have no intention of going for whatever reason. To combat the feeling of being unmotivated, we first need to get to the core of the issue and that’s what we’re going to tackle in this article.

Why am I feeling unmotivated?

#1: Self-doubt

A lack of motivation arises because you truly don’t believe in yourself and what you’re capable of. It is quite difficult to start or finish anything when you doubt yourself right off the bat. And when you have decided already that it wont go your way, these feelings of uncertainty can be debilitating to our goals.

If you had an unquestionable and unwavering confidence in your ability, what a difference it would make to achieve anything you really put your mind to.

#2: Setting Unrealistic Goals

Have you ever been so stressed you’d rather say, “*$#% it, I don’t even care anymore” rather than to continue forward with what you’re trying to accomplish?

You would think that setting the bar really high would increase motivation, but in fact it could do quite the opposite. According to the Harvard Business Review, if the goal is too unrealistic, the process can be overwhelming and unattainable. At this state, it could be a devastating blow to morale and it is hard to get motivated when you feel overwhelmed.

If this is the case, you might want to lower the bar a tiny bit until you hit that sweet spot: A goal that’s just hard enough within your current capabilities. Motivation is much more attainable when those goals are within your reach.

#3: Being Unorganized

You’d be surprised to learn how having a certain structure to your day can really affect your motivation. If you feel like you are always running out of time, it’s an uphill battle that just feels so daunting. Time is the one thing we can never get back!

This is where organization comes into play. It helps solidify habits, and it’s these habits that get you going in the right direction even when you don’t feel like it sometimes. Once you’re able to get the ball rolling, it’s easier to simply keep going: positive action generates motivation.

#4: Lack of Focus

There are so many distractions that tend to pop up regularly. And if you’re like most of us, you may notice quite a few of them. Distractions are everywhere and they take a heavy toll on our productivity. This can snowball and lead to feeling like a failure, which ultimately makes you even more unmotivated, preventing you from moving forward.

Think of it this way, when we allow ourselves to be distracted, we give things that are of low importance, undo attention. With a combination of the right mindset and tools, it is very possible to set yourself up in a position where it cultivates focus. Everyone discovers their path in their own way and focusing can look a little different for each person.

Motivation will come when you get *$#% done, and that’s easy to do when you have optimal focus.

#5: Your Workspace Matters

Your surrounding environment plays a big role on how it affects our work. If you feel like you’re simply tolerating your workspace, chances are that your motivation is suffering. For example, if your desk is cluttered up, this could really affect your motivation.

Mess creates stress. Cluttered workspaces threaten your motivation, and by keeping it simple and tidy, you avoid those negative mental effects and procrastination.

Another example that might have been underestimated is the lighting. You may experience drowsiness or lose a sense of motivation, which can result in an overall reduction of work productivity. You would be surprised how light has an enormous effect on our physical and mental well-being.

But with a few tweaks and mindful changes, your workspace can be shaped so it actually supports you to your fullest.

The Bottom Line

If you’re dealing with a lack of motivation, it is my hope that these insights presented to you with a wake-up call on why you might be feeling this way.

But don’t you beat yourself up for it. Everybody goes through this and it’s simply part of life.

The next step is to work by identifying exactly what’s causing you to feel stuck and then to implement strategies, such as the Menprovement X program, that suit your needs.

And once you have a clear idea of what you need for yourself, you will be able to continue moving forward in a positive way.

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