10 Reasons Why You Suffer from a Lack of Motivation

What causes a lack of motivation?

Why do so many people seem to suffer from a lack of motivation?

Motivation is the driving force that allows people to achieve their goals.

It helps a person understand their “why.”

The reasons people can be focused enough to complete their goals have a lot to do with how they see themselves within the goal and the reason they want to complete it.

When a person is motivated to accomplish something, they usually have a powerful reason to do it.

With this being said, many people have various reasons they suffer from a lack of motivation.

Keep reading below to find out ten reasons why so many find it hard to get motivated.

1. Lack of motivation can happen if you feel you aren’t deserving of the accomplishment

Often, people do not complete tasks because they can’t visualize themselves reaping the significant benefits of completing such an exceptional task.

There is always a feeling that someone else deserves it more than they do.

They psych themselves out and use the “self—fulfilling prophecy” by not completing the task.

Or convince themselves that the task would not be completed, anyway.

This, in their mind, causes them to feel that they are not worthy of accomplishing something that might even take them to their “next level.”

2. If you have taken on more than you can handle

When someone has too many projects, there is a great tendency to procrastinate.

This is because they have taken on too many tasks.

They feel as if they will not get to the things they really want to complete.

Procrastination plays a prominent role in the lack of motivation.

People have a tendency to take on more tasks than they can possibly handle because they have difficulty saying “no.”

With this in mind, taking on too much can cause a person to be so disinterested in accomplishing a goal that they will actually ignore the completion of many of their tasks.

3. If you need help but are afraid to ask

Sometimes a person needs help to complete a goal, but pride gets in the way.

They will lose motivation to complete tasks because they feel as if they can’t do them on their own.

In a prideful way, some people will exhibit this lack of motivation because they would like to say that they were the ones who completed the goal “all by themselves.”

But we know better than that, right?

4. If you believe you won’t experience the desired outcome

For some, goals are attainable.

But some may wonder what will actually happen when they accomplish the goal.

For example, one may think that they will have sizeable sums of money immediately after they open their new store.

But reality will set in.

The person may then think about things related to how they are going to make enormous sums of money.

They may feel deterred by this very thought (doubt).

They will think to themselves that they can’t make large sums of moneyand then the motivation to complete the goal goes away.

5. Selfishness is involved in lack of motivation

There are many people who experience selfishness.

This is also related to “pride”.

There are those who only want to complete a task just for themselves.

While this is not entirely a bad thing, how it will be discussed in this section will make you think twice.

When a person wants to accomplish a goal with no one else in mind, then there is no “service”.

Although many may disagree, we are designed for service!

Actually, genuine success only comes when you have been able to provide enough for people to get or have what they want.

It is only then (when you provide the service) that you get what you want.

A “why” is always better than a “me” goal.

Here’s an example: If a single mother is going to college in order to make a better life for her children, she is more likely to complete this because of her “why” (i.e. her children).

She is thinking about their care and safety:

a.) The type of house she could provide for them

b.) The type of school they will go to

c.) The community in which they will live, etc.

Selfishness is not appropriately directed and will eventually cause a person a lack of motivation, especially if it is not a priority to get to the next level for someone they care about.

6. You don’t know what others will say about the accomplishment

Some people have jealous friends and don’t realize it until they or someone else in their circle becomes successful.

What usually happens is the successful person may become the butt of an offensive or rude set of jokes.

A person who is sensitive to this may become alarmed and think that it would not be a great idea to be successful, because of the concern of losing friends or being talked about.

They will second-guess themselves, as well as their relationship with their friends.

A lack of trust for others could turn inward.

It can also cause you to not trust yourself.

7. You may be hiding something

Some people have a lack of motivation because of their own insecurities.

There are those who take a good hard look at themselves and instead of improving on their faults, they use the faults as a crutch to stay where they are.

For example: if there is a person who has a speech impediment (although they are a prolific writer), they may be afraid of writing what could be the next New York Times bestseller because if they are interviewed, people will see that they have a speech concern.

Instead of taking speech classes that could assist them in their interviews, they sit on their gift.

A gift that might change lives!

8. Fear drives lack of motivation

Many people have a tendency to persevere over things that really do not matter to others but cause major fears and doubts about themselves.

Often, people have a lot of “what ifs”, that prevent them from getting to their next level.

Certain questions include (but are not limited to):

  • “What if people don’t like my product?”
  • “What if people judge me for what I do?”
  • “What if someone does this thing better than I can”, and the biggest of them all
  • “What if I fail?”

These negative thoughts sabotage good people and their potential legacy all the time!

Remember, fear is by my personal definition: Fake Expectations Arresting Results.

This basically means that your fears are “fake.”

They will hold your results hostage so they will not come to fruition!

9. It has become a habit to not complete tasks

Habits can be hard to break.

But a habit such as this one can be detrimental to a person’s success.

When a person has a habit of not completing tasks, they won’t be motivated to complete their goals.

This only results in stagnation and being in the same place where a person has always been.

When you create a habit of not going forward in your life, your mind is “okay” with the status quo.

Most successful people understand that success is a ladder that continually goes higher and higher.

You can’t get to the next level if you are okay with where you are and have no desire to move up.

10. You can’t tell yourself or others the truth

When a person is motivated to go to the next level, they have created a set of core values and standards.

With this in mind, one must be honest and upfront frequently.

For those of you who have a lack of motivation, this is a serious issue.

Being honest will not only set you apart from many people who want to be perceived in a certain way, but it also causes others to judge you or see you as “different.”

Some people cannot take being criticized or judged for standing by their beliefs and standards.

They will begin to lie and act a certain way in order to get to the goal.

Or they may even withdraw so that they won’t be subjected to the pressure of the things that they are going through.

This soon fades out and the lack of motivation sets in.

This is because of being under the pressure to be someone that you really are not!

Don’t let a lack of motivation take over your life

We have the power and the ability to do anything that we put our minds to.

We do not have to be afraid of what others will say or do.

The gifts that you have are unlike anyone else’s in the world.

With this in mind, lack of motivation can cause you to reduce yourself to someone else’s standards when you know you are better.

Grow to be the best person you are destined to be.

Don’t let the lack of motivation take over your life.

You are AWESOME – and someone needs to see your awesomeness.

So, stay motivated!

You have struggled with any of the reasons for lack of motivation listed about?

Tell us about it in the comment section.

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Dr. Richard E. Toney is a psychotherapist and author based in Texas. Dr. Toney has recently been mentioned and featured in Huffington Post and Mind-Globe.com. He is also a motivational speaker and Individual/Executive Coach for those who want to improve their businesses and lives. He has a blog where he discusses topics regarding mental health, procrastination, relationships, life, and a host of other things.
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  1. Ashley

    February 19, 2020 at 6:04 AM

    Well said. We need lots of motivation to keep life going. Everyone should fight their very best against the drop of motivations in everything we do and face. I hope this article may help those who feel demotivated and I would like to share this one more article to help people feel better with our life

  2. Abhyas

    March 16, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Self motivation is best motivation.

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