I just finished a conversation with a good friend and fellow writer—a great writer, in fact. I quickly learned as we chatted that she was feeling empty, at a loss for creative ideas. “I’m just not motivated,” she admitted. “I don’t want to do anything,” she said, “let alone write.”
I was taken back by our conversation, especially because I had a similar chat just last week. Another friend, a stellar sales star for a high-peformance tech firm complained that he was happy, and that while his current customer list kept him business and financially satisfied, he lacked the desire to find new business, and he’d even put off following up on qualified referrals and leads. “I’m just not motivated,” he revealed. “I think I’m getting lazy.”
The same words. “I’m just not motivated.”
Both of my friends are successful, serve as mentors, and are active in nonprofits and peer-group masterminds. Yet both were starved for ideas, motivation, and direction.
There are four reasons that this “not motivated” syndrome sets in. It’s easy to recognize, and easier to fix—get past.
If you lack motivation and drive, it’s time to reset your creativity, fire up your synapses, and turn yourself around. You can do this simply by trying something new—different.
So what is “something new” you will try? The next time someone asks you “What’s new?” Be ready to answer them with passion and excitement.
Just as I prepared to post this article, my niece Emily, who in preparation for her first day of college participated in a “get to know your classmates” freshman adventure last week. She was a bit apprehensive when she learned this would be a secret destination, and when she got there and learned it was a “sleep under the stars camping trip” along the Appalachian Trail in Maine, it big leap of faith for her. While this trip certainly took her far outside her comfort zone—her home—but this experience opened her eyes. Emily’s Instagram caption and photo were timely and relevant.
Change your life. Get motivated. Recharge your creativity. Check out my post on 21 “new” things you can try in the process of changing and improving your life.