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I Have No Motivation: How to Change Your Negative Mindset


10 Ways to Self-Motivate When You’re Feeling Lazy

I have no motivation today. Have you ever heard someone say this, or have you uttered the phrase yourself? I have no motivation today. It’s a simple statement, but it packs a powerful punch in terms of your mindset for the day. You can tell yourself you have no motivation, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. If you feel unmotivated, you get less done. Your mood isn’t as good as usual, and every task is more difficult. It’s true sometimes you have no motivation, but you must learn how to eliminate that phrase from your life to find motivation and a positive mindset.

Motivation is not something you’re born with or have each day. Sometimes, you have to search for it in unconventional ways. Life and all it entails is much easier when you wake up in a great mood with ample motivation to go around, but every day is different. On days when you have no motivation, you can use these tips and tricks to find your motivation. It all begins with the mindset and the decision to be happy and get things done, and the rest can fall right into place.


What Is Motivation?

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The dictionary defines motivation as, “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way,” and “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.” When you wake up saying, “I have no motivation today,” you’re saying you don’t have the desire, drive, or reason to do what you know you need to do. You’re telling yourself you have no motivation to function in the manner you’re meant to function that day.

There’s always a reason you lack motivation on any day. Perhaps you don’t want to do something because you view it as boring or unexciting. Perhaps you’re not feeling well. You’re tired. You’re stressed. You’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of items on your to-do list for the day. You don’t like your job or the person you’re spending the day with. Perhaps you don’t want to do something because you’d rather do something else. Finding motivation is easier when you understand what’s causing you to feel unmotivated.


Is There a Need for Self-Motivation?

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Self-motivation is paramount to a healthy and productive lifestyle. Every experience you face falls into one of two categories. You get to do something, or you have to do something. You get to go to Hawaii and spend a week enjoying your honeymoon with your new spouse. You have to go to New York on business and attend meetings with clients. Which sounds more fun? When you choose to do or experience something, it’s self-motivation. You’re excited about it because it’s something you want to do.

When you have to do something, you’re not as self-motivated. For example, when you own your own business, you get to touch base with your clients to see how they like your product or service, and you get to communicate with them about your business relationship. When you work for someone else, touch base with clients and see how they like your product or service, and communicate with them about your business relationship. When it’s your business, you’re motivated. When it’s someone else’s business, you’re not self-motivated.

When you don’t feel self-motivated, you need to find self-motivation. It’s easiest to do this by changing your mindset. By viewing your everyday tasks as something you get to do versus something you have to do, you change your perspective. Perspective is everything. Let the following tips help you motivate yourself to lead a better, happier, and more fulfilling life.


I Have No Motivation: What You Can Do

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“I have no motivation,” becomes your personal mission statement each time you say it out loud or think it in your mind. It’s time to get rid of that personal philosophy, and it’s time to find your motivation. Your life can change when you set your mind to making a positive change in your motivational life.

Change Your Mission Statement

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Your mission statement of “I have no motivation,” needs to be removed from your life. Each time you say it, you make it true. Get rid of this statement and find a healthier one. “I’m accomplished,” “I’m a leader,” “I make a difference in the lives of others,” “I’m living my dream,” “I’m an example to those around me,” are all healthy mantras. Find one that works for you. Say it out loud each morning. Hang it in your office. Read it out loud. The more you say it and read it, the more you believe it. When you say something this positive about yourself each day, you motivate yourself to make it true.

Read Motivational Quotes or Verses

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If you find yourself unable to find the motivation to do things, try reading motivational quotes or verses. The internet is filled with motivational quotes that have a way of making you feel motivated in a matter of minutes. By reading the wise words of others, you motivate yourself to emulate their outlook.

Schedule A Break

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When you’re unmotivated because you don’t feel well, you need a break. In fact, you need to take regular breaks if you want to stay motivated. By taking time for yourself each day, you minimize your risk of being burnt out or getting sick. It’s hard to feel motivated and on track when you’re sick and tired. Take breaks every day and learn to walk away when you feel overwhelmed.

Prepare The Evening Before

Prepare The Evening Before

If there is one way to motivate you first thing in the morning, it’s waking up already ahead of the game. Choose your clothes, organize your desk, prepare notes and other items for the following day the evening before. Spend 10 to 15 minutes at your desk preparing for the following day, and do the same at home. When you wake up with things already done, you’re instantly motivated.

Create A To-To List

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A to-do list is one of the most under-utilized forms of self-motivation. There is a certain amount of satisfaction to be gleaned from crossing things off your list as your day goes on. Each check mark or crossed-off item makes you feel more accomplished and motivated to keep going. Here’s a tip that helps when you don’t feel that motivation. Write down things you’ve already done, and cross them off.

  • Brush your teeth
  • Make the bed
  • Drink coffeeCheck emails
  • Get dressed
  • Take kids to school

These are small things no one puts on their list of things to do, but they’re helpful when you feel unmotivated. Imagine sitting at your desk feeling unmotivated and then seeing all those crossed-off items already on your list. Suddenly, you feel more motivated. “Look at all I’ve already done today!” crosses your mind, and you suddenly feel motivated to keep crossing items off that checklist.

Work Out

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Working out produces endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. These endorphins also minimize the effects of stress and anxiety, and they put you in a good mood. Incorporate a healthy workout session into your everyday life to make yourself feel more motivated to tackle the rest of the day.

Do The Hardest Thing First


When you do something hard, boring, or the thing you’re looking least forward to first, you have a better day ahead. You feel more accomplished, better, and lighter when this task is no longer something you need to think of. Try the hard things first to see how quickly you find motivation after that.

Reduce Distractions

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Distractions make motivation difficult to find. Turn off your email so it only alerts you at certain times during the day. Turn off social media distractions. Shut your door. Do what you need to do to get rid of the distraction. It’s a simple way to find motivation.

Reward Yourself

Ice cream as a Reward to Yourself

If you can get through everything you need to do today or this week, give yourself a reward. Sometimes having something to look forward to can motivate you by itself. Perhaps you want to get a massage. Schedule one after you accomplish everything on your list for the week. Motivate yourself to work hard all week so you can take half-days on Fridays. Find your motivation in a reward and use it to make yourself better.

Find Motivation In People You Admire

Find Motivation In People You Admire

Is there someone on your social media feed, someone at work, someone famous you admire? When you look at them or their social profile and see all they’ve accomplished, it makes you feel more motivated. Instead of saying, “I have no motivation,” you say, “I want to have that success,” and it inspires you to work harder. Try it.


Start A Gratitude Journal

Start A Gratitude Journal

Every morning or evening, write three things you are grateful for. It can be anything from sleeping an additional 10 minutes that morning to the kids listening and making the morning easier. When you focus on the good in life as you write it down, it inspires you by changing your mindset a day at a time. It forces you to focus on what’s good rather than what’s not, and it changes your perspective and how you look at life. If you can’t find motivation with a brand-new positive outlook and perspective, where can you find it?



Motivation is easy to find when you know where to look. If you’re sick, take a break and rest. If your lack of motivation comes from something else, learn to change the way you look at everything you must do and not tell yourself, “I have no motivation.” When you find a new perspective, you find yourself more motivated to get things done. It feels good to get everything done, and it feels good to find the motivation you need to tackle every day. Self-motivation takes practice, and practice makes perfect.


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