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What You Really Mean When You Say “I’m Not Motivated”

What You Really Mean When You Say "I'm Not Motivated"

Sometimes I hear this from readers:

“I’m unhappy with how things are. I really want to start my blog/business/career transition, but I’m just not motivated. Can you motivate me?”

Short answer: no. Here’s why:

When you say you’re not motivated, what you’re really saying is that you’re not ready.

You’re not ready to be uncomfortable.

You’re not ready to take risks.

You’re not ready to fail.

You’re not ready to succeed.

You’re not ready to find out who you are

or what you’re really made of.

You’re not ready to trade in your fantasy for reality.

You’re not ready to do the work.

You’re not ready to take action in the face of fear.

Motivation is a like a feeling, and feelings come and go.

Ever “felt motivated” to start something new but never saw it through?

Motivation might get you hot, but it doesn’t take you home.

So don’t worry about being motivated.

Instead, get ready.

When you’re ready…

You’ll be ok with being uncomfortable.

You’ll take risks.

You’ll fail and fail and fail and still keep going.

You’ll be open to succeeding.

You’ll find out who you are

and what you’re really made of, and you’ll love it.

You’ll leave your comfy fantasy behind, and march towards reality.

You’ll do the work. There may be obstacles, but you’ll do it, anyway.

You’ll take action even though you’re afraid.

Motivation, your excitement for accomplishment, will ebb and flow. But when you’re ready, you’ll know.

  1. tara@taraleaver.com

    August 21st, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I love your posts for three reasons.
    1: they are always 100% clear and beautifully concise
    2: even though your ‘filter’ is career change they frequently apply to all kinds of other things in life
    3: coming to your website is like going into a quiet room, and I love quiet rooms.

    Shared this on FB as it applies to making art {my filter} beautifully too.

  2. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    August 21st, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Tara, thank you. Best compliment ever.

  3. suziminor@gmail.com

    August 22nd, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Wow Laura this sure gave me a perspective shift! Thanks for the motivation to get ready šŸ™‚

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    August 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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  5. sage@sagegrayson.com

    August 23rd, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Oh, I feel this one right in my gut. I’m often feeling “unmotivated” because I’m scared of what will change when I’m successful. I’ll lose my precious excuses (eep!).
    I want to focus on being grateful that I’ve already been successful in many ways, and yes things change, but I like the person I become with every upgrade. I’m sharing this post with everyone. Thanks, Laura. šŸ™‚

  6. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    August 23rd, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    There is something intimidating about living up to your potential. I like the idea of an upgrade. Thanks, Sage!

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    August 25th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Fantastic, once again!Here I am on a Monday morning hesitating on where to put my time and energy, even though I know where I’ll get the best payoff in satisfaction, business development, and $……but I’m not motivated šŸ™‚

  10. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    August 25th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks, Andy! Always love seeing you comment here. You’ve been around since almost the beginning, I think!

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  15. belanger.nicole@gmail.com

    October 21st, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Wonderful, Laura!

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  17. Andy Gladish

    September 29th, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Beautiful.
    One of my mentors used to say, "Make your own breaks, don’t wait for one."
    What he meant in context was, be ready, get in a good frame of mind and have your life together so that you can see obstacles as opportunities!
    Thank you, once again.

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