Are you looking to get motivated again to get your ohh so important goal done? But somehow it feels so difficult to get your butt up and make at least just one tiny little step forward, right?

It’s just not happening…

But why?

And how can you fix this and get your motivation up when you need it? Like… right now?

Where the Heck is My Motivation?

Do a little exercise before you read on and ask yourself:

Why am I not motivated?

Asking the right questions in itself is a little self-reflection that can clear things up for you. If you like, write your answer in the comments below. Do it, it’s worth it.

We will come back to this question…

What is Motivation?

When you are motivated, you have a motive. In other words: a goal that drives you to take action.

Motivation is your inner driving force to close the gap between your goal and reality. [Tweet this!]

So motivation happens if you have a strong goal. But there is even more about motivation…

Your motivation is answering one single question. The most important question: Why? [Tweet this!]

If you have a strong enough reason—a big, BIG WHY—you will have all the motivation you’ll ever need. Your BIG WHY is this Driving Force.

So to answer the former question, let’s take a look at the core reason why we loose motivation:

The Core Reasons for No Motivation

What might come to your mind may be distraction. But distraction is no reason—it’s already a result. It’s the result of:

Reason 1: Lack of Clarity. If you are not clear on what you want it’s difficult to get motivated. Lack of clarity means you have no clear aim, no specific and compelling goal of where you want to go.

More precisely you are not connected emotionally to the great outcome that this goal can produce in your life. And the result is you’re not very motivated to take any kind of action.

Reason 2: Overwhelm. If you have too much “clutter” on the table you are overwhelmed and your focus gets fuzzy. This is no good environment for effective action. Instead it drowns your motivation. You need to simplify your life and learn to say no to things that are not truly  important to you.

Reason 3: Fear gets in your way. If you know clearly what you’re after—your goal—and you’re not overwhelmed anymore, there might still be something getting in your way: Fear.

Fear of failure, or even fear of success. You have to feel the fear and do it anyway, and develop ways to face your fears productively.

Reason 4: Negative Results. Let’s face it: If you tried very hard but come up short anyway, it can drag you down. Everybody feeds on little successes. We need positive reinforcement to build up positive momentum.

The 3 “Quick Fixes”

If you’re looking for an instant push in motivation, here are three powerful quick tricks:

1. Re-Connect Your Big Why

This is for re-igniting drive and putting new meaning into what you do:

  1. Ask yourself Why: Why are you really doing this?
  2. Uncover all the powerful reasons that got you started on your task in the first place. Then what else is a ultimate reason that will drive you to action?
  3. Write all reasons down.

Notice how this clears the fog off your mind and gives you a strong sense of meaning.

2. The Vision Blast

This is something for the “dream big” type of person:

  1. What is the most compelling, ideal outcome of your goal?
  2. Got it? Good. Now close your eyes.
  3. Visualize this outcome vividly in your minds eye. Make it big. Make it huge and colourful. See yourself achieving it. Feel how great it feels on all senses.

Do you feel a rush of motivation?
Great. Take action towards this outcome now!

3. The Check-Off

This is something for the “short-term gratification” type of person:

  1. What one task—no big deal—a little thing that takes you towards your goal can you complete today?
  2. Got it? Awesome. Now focus on this one little thing and get it done—no matter what.
  3. Do just this little baby step and check it off your to-do list.

If you’ve done it, feel the sense of accomplishment and the starting build up in positive momentum.

You have a first success!

Now build on top of it from here.

4 Ways to Build Up Lasting Motivation

To really make a shift and experience long-term, ongoing motivation—like a constant undercurrent—in your life, you want to do some things more seriously:

1. Clarify Your Purpose. Motivation is not only dependent on compelling goals. If we digg deeper we’ll find out that the most motivated people are the ones who connect what they do with a deeper inner meaning.

Purpose is nothing else than your own ultimate reason of existence. You are exactly as motivated as you have a strong enough reason to be. So what’s your purpose? It’s not so much something you discover but rather something you define.

2. Do a Goal-Setting Workshop. If you’ve never done a goal-setting session in your life, start right now. Taken seriously and done right, it’s a really life-changing experience that can open up a new world for you.

I’ve written about goals a lot: especially here and here.

3.  Push through with Self-Discipline. Motivation and Discipline are opposites in the way that both help you to take action, but: If you are motivated you have a strong positive reason to do something. And you’re feeling it right now—in the moment. You are motivated. You’re rocking it. Life is great.

The definition of self-discipline to act whether you feel like it or not. [Tweet this!]
In other words, you take action even when you’re not feeling motivated.

So if you want to close the gap and use self-discipline to get going again, I’ve written about it in my tiny guide to self-discipline as well as here and here.

4.  Do One Step. Motivation often comes when we do something. Not the other way around. So use this to start building some small positive momentum.

Develop the habit of going baby-steps: One tiny little step at a time, like a little baby does when it learns to walk.

As I said we all need little successes. It gives us this positive feeling of accomplishment. So if you can develop the habit to just “Do One Step”, you’re starting to make progress. First slow, then faster.

Success is the succession of small steps into the right direction. [Tweet this!]

Small successes over time build a huge success. Start now!


Hi, I’m Myrko Thum and author of this site. I help entrepreneurs to create and sell highly profitable information products and scale up their business online. I also created several online training programs, among others Info Product Masterclass and Personal Breakthrough Academy. If you want to learn more click here to get started!


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  2. Comment by Wan

    Wan Reply May 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Vision Blast looks interesting. I’m a “big dream” person and I do love to visualize things. Making the vision more vivid might be the ticket for higher motivation.

    • Comment by Myrko Thum

      Myrko Thum Reply May 7, 2014 at 5:19 am

      Yea Wan, I noticed that a clear you actually see your vision, more vivid and present, the more drive and motivation it can unleash in you.

  3. Comment by Myrko Thum

    Myrko Thum Reply March 4, 2014 at 3:56 am

    @AP, that’s a great position to be in. You are the first in your generation who changes things. Embrace this awareness you have and use it.

    To your question: you can change your programming, transform your conditioning. This is what this site is all about. Maybe look at your beliefs and your mindset to start. All the best to you!

  4. Comment by AP

    AP Reply March 3, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Really happy I stumbled upon your site… Lack of motivation has hindered many of the dreams and desires swirling in me. I think myself as lazy, undisciplined and unproductive but there has to be something more to it then that. I admire people around me who just seem to “get it done”. I grew up w/ a very unproductive parent who’s goal at the end of the day (& life) was to sit and “relax”. If something was too difficult there would always be an excuse of why it was not worth the effort. Minimal effort was subconsciously expressed. It hasn’t been until my mid-adulthood that I realize how that mentality does not work and that true “relaxation” would really be creating and doing. How do I begin to change my brain chemistry to not just think differently but to move differently then my programming? The last thing I want is my child to be conditioned like me because of my example. I look forward to reading through your site and understanding your suggestions.

  5. Comment by Myrko Thum

    Myrko Thum Reply February 27, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Hi Paddy. Well that’s truly awesome to talk to someone like you who has been watching everything I did here, probably starting with, right?

    Eventually this site itself is an expression of my very first post about Constant Improvement.

    Thanks a lot Paddy. I’m checking out your blog…

  6. Comment by Paddy

    Paddy Reply February 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Myrko I have been witnessing the development of your work for maybe six years or so. I am seeing a great maturing of you work and I applaud your perserverance through a challenging landscape. Am recommending the work to my friends. Warmth Paddy

  7. Comment by Myrko Thum

    Myrko Thum Reply February 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hey Robb, thanks.
    Great to have you here! I’m also taking a look at your site right now.

  8. Comment by Robb Gorringe

    Robb Gorringe Reply February 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Myrko,

    I really like your “Quick Fixes”, and the way you named #2 “Vision Blast”. In our day and age we sure need a quick fix too. There’s too many things coming at us at once.

    You sure do have a nice looking website too. I’m on your email list, and have gone thru some of your videos. Great post. ‘Love your stuff!!


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