Mantra Monday XII: Lack of Motivation Can Be Motivating

Author: Joe Lizz

I’m going to be honest: I had a really hard time writing this particular Mantra Monday blog post.


I’ve been sick on and off all week and my motivation to do anything more than lay in bed has been nonexistent and I waited until almost the last possible minute to sit down and write this up. 

Instead of dragging my feet longer and making up more excuses, I decided to use my lack of motivation as the topic for this week: finding motivation within my lack of motivation, so to speak.


We all have those days — that sometimes turn into a week — where we feel unmotivated and uninspired. Whether it’s at work, in our personal lives, or as a whole, we have all been there.


For me, it’s especially challenging to balance a lack of motivation alongside mental illnesses, so I try to focus on the things I love that require less effort, focus, and don’t demand completion or dedicated time lines.

Yoga, coloring, going for a walk, and reading a book are all things that I love and don’t normally dedicate time to because they aren’t “requirements” in my day-to-day life.

Regaining motivation can be challenging, be sure to set yourself up with a solid action plan for the moments when you really “just can’t.” Consider the following as part of your action plan:


  1. Make a list of the things you need to get done today, right now, that have a time stamp on them.

2. Seek out time with your support network. Friendship, connections, and even social media can be nourishing for the soul. 

Sometimes you just need to talk to your best friend before getting started with a new task.


3. Spend some time doing activities that you truly enjoy

Again, focus on things that don’t need a dedicated amount of time to complete or need a lot of excessive concentration.


4. Balance that diet! Feeding our bodies healthy fuel directly affects our effectiveness.

5. Exercise. No, you don’t need to run a half marathon or hit the squat rack at the gym. Sometimes a quick walk around the neighborhood is all you need. 

The combination of endorphins and fresh air can work wonders. 

This is a great action plan step that you can combine with spending time with your support network. Exercise is often better with friends.


6. Small rewards can be a great system to motivate yourself in times of lack of motivation. Prime example: as soon as I’m done writing this blog post I’m rewarding myself with the tacos I’ve been dreaming about for weeks (no, really, ask Will how many times I’ve talked about tacos in the past couple of weeks).

We talk about self care nearly every day here in the Blue Ridge Nation because it’s vital to nearly every aspect of our lives. 


Take the time to reboot, recharge, reground yourself.

You are worth it.


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