10 Reasons Why People Are Unmotivated (And How to Be Motivated) - Deepstash
Music and Productivity

Learn more about personaldevelopment with this collection

How to choose the right music for different tasks

The benefits of listening to music while working

How music affects productivity

Music and Productivity

Discover 36 similar ideas in

It takes just

4 mins to read

<p>How many times have you sai...

How many times have you said to yourself that you’re going to do something but you end up not following through with it because you weren’t motivated enough? You end up crossing that workout, call to a friend, study session or shopping trip off your to-do list without even completing the task.

We will look into the reasons why we will have a lack of motivation every now and then, and look at ways of reversing this trend so you can end up motivated.

120

525 reads

1. Seeing only bad sides in anything that happens

Usually, unmotivated individuals have a terribly pessimistic view on their chances of success.

Psychologists have labelled this as having a low level of self-efficacy , which is the innate ability to influence the outcome of a project or venture. There are lots of myths about how to fix this, such as writing down your goals and simply visualizing success.[1]

121

526 reads

What to do?

The secret to staying motivated is to honestly audit your skills and the challenges that lie ahead. Sometimes a difficult goal is useful in spurring a person on to do better. We persist because the challenge is personally rewarding.

Help yourself see the whole picture of everything and boost your motivation with this Worksheet For Instant Motivation Boost for free. With this worksheet, you can refocus your mind and regain the lost motivation. Grab yours now for free.

126

384 reads

2. Forgetting the benefits and rewards

Most unmotivated people get distracted by a daunting challenge. They think of the blood, sweat and tears that face them in achieving a task or objective. They forget to think of the long-term rewards and benefits, which is an essential element in motivation.

122

382 reads

What to do?

What to do?

Every time when you don’t feel motivated, visualize the rewards you’re trying to get. Celebrate small wins often, so you know rewards and benefits are not that far away from you.

119

369 reads

3. Setting unrealistic goals

In the business world, having stretch goals is often advocated as the path to success since it will increase motivation. Researchers and psychologists have recently found that this is actually false.[2] Demotivation may set in because the problems are just too complex and unnerving.

117

306 reads

What to do?

A much better approach is to break down projects into smaller challenges, where one can see results in a much shorter space of time. This compartmentalization will give much more motivation, encouraging the individual to see a project through to the end.

121

260 reads

4. Not realizing the importance of mini habits

When they think about getting what they want, they want to do something big once and for all. So when they fail to do so, they feel defeated and unmotivated.

What they don’t know is that to achieve greatness, it’s about the small things they do every day.

120

255 reads

What to do?

There’s a great book I love; it’s Stephen Guise’s Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results .  The concept is a simple one to help with demotivation.

The idea is to start with one mini habit at a time and gradually progress. This could be walking up a flight of stairs a day, eating one less doughnut or writing a paragraph – if you have writer’s block.

121

214 reads

5. Not seizing opportunities

Have you noticed how demotivated people often tell you that they never got a lucky break? The truth is that, they never sought out opportunities that would give them the chance of success, wealth and happiness.

The secret is that opportunities are out there, just waiting to be taken. They are not simply given to you on a silver plate.

118

206 reads

What to do?

Seize every opportunity and take the risk. Learn how to step out of your comfort zone . Remember, you will never be ready , so do it anyway!

124

265 reads

6. Unwilling to work harder

The tendency is to consider the payoff before making all that effort. They want immediate gratification before persisting and persevering. Access to the Internet at work will distract them further. One study has found that unmotivated employees are probably the majority (of the 64%) who waste time on social media at work.[3]

118

186 reads

What to do?

What to do?

Even the most talented person works hard to get what they want. Work hard is better than talent , always.

120

244 reads

7. Playing the blame game

It is always somebody else’s fault when they did not get that promotion. It’s not their fault that the marriage ended on the rocks. It was their partner’s fault, of course.

The fact is that you cannot control what other people do or the way they think. Recognizing that it was mostly your fault will help you analyze what went wrong, helping you avoid that pitfall the next time. Once you have done that, you will be better motivated to move on.

117

159 reads

What to do?

Take responsibility for what happened to you. When you realize you have complete responsibility for your life , you become completely free.

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” — John Burroughs

Learn to stop complaining and start to take responsibility for your life.

124

173 reads

8. Not using time wisely

There are lots of ways to manage time better but unmotivated people tend to be time-wasters. They cannot schedule very efficiently and always procrastinate.

Time is elastic. Stretch it so that you can get more out of it. Once you conquer the time management problem, you will become more motivated because you can praise yourself for achieving what most people find really difficult. Taking credit for your achievements is a great way to stay motivated .

121

182 reads

What to do?

The best way to stay motivated, regarding time, is to repeat to yourself that you are the only one who can control your time. Nobody or nothing else can do that for you.

Take a look at this guide to improve your time management skills: A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

120

193 reads

9. Doubting their own talents

When people think of all the talents and creativity they lack, they block themselves off and demotivation takes hold.

However, when they concentrate on the actual skills, talents and qualities they possess, they become much more motivated.

Negative thoughts will drag you downwards in a horrible spiral. Positive thoughts help you soar above the crowd.

118

174 reads

What to do?

What to do?

Believe in yourself and the talents you have. If you lack confidence in yourself, here’s a Step-By-Step Guide on How to Be More Confident .

119

206 reads

10. Relying on social media

Research on students’ use of social media has pointed out that there is a reduction in creativity, less practice in writing skills and an increase in multi-tasking for these students. All these factors have contributed to lower grades and poor academic performance. This may be one reason why many become demotivated.

Everybody is prone to being less motivated by the appearance or success of others, flaunting their status on Facebook. As the image so vividly illustrates, maturity comes when you stop posting every detail of your life on Facebook or Instagram.[4]

117

164 reads

What to do?

Take a break with social media. Learn how to break the habit of endlessly sticking to social media here: 5 Psychological Reasons You Are Addicted to Facebook and 5 Ways to Break the Habit

Another great way to stay in the motivated fast lane is to prepare for obstacles and setbacks before they even occur. This is one of the best ways of fighting back the demotivation inferno.

119

162 reads

CURATED BY

theperson

The Top 10 Ideas 🧠💡

stash-superman-illustration

Explore the World’s

Best Ideas

200,000+ ideas on pretty much any topic. Created by the smartest people around & well-organized so you can explore at will.

An Idea for Everything

Explore the biggest library of insights. And we've infused it with powerful filtering tools so you can easily find what you need.

Knowledge Library

Powerful Saving & Organizational Tools

Save ideas for later reading, for personalized stashes, or for remembering it later.

# Personal Growth

Take Your Ideas

Anywhere

Organize your ideas & listen on the go. And with Pro, there are no limits.

Listen on the go

Just press play and we take care of the words.

Never worry about spotty connections

No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.

Get Organized with Stashes

Ideas for your next work project? Quotes that inspire you? Put them in the right place so you never lose them.

Join

2 Million Stashers

4.8

5,740 Reviews

App Store

4.7

72,690 Reviews

Google Play

Ashley Anthony

This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!

samz905

Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.

Shankul Varada

Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.

Sean Green

Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.

Jamyson Haug

Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.

Laetitia Berton

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!

Giovanna Scalzone

Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.

Ghazala Begum

Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.

Read & Learn

20x Faster

without
deepstash

with
deepstash

with

deepstash

Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.

Email

I agree to receive email updates