Motivation (Or Lack Thereof)

Motivation is an elusive thing; it is literally the desire to do things. For an autonomous species, why is it so hard for us to achieve it when we need it most?


At some point in our lives, we all will feel the urge to change. Sometimes, this is easier than staying the same. As James Clear notes, “it is easier to take action and feel insecure at the gym than to sit still and experience self-loathing on the couch”. Makes sense, right?

While motivation is commonly perceived to be the cause of an action, it is in fact the result of it. Getting started, even in very small ways, is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum.

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A handy graph explains the true struggle.

You don’t need much motivation once you’ve started a behaviour; the hard part is at the beginning. After you start, progress occurs more naturally. In other words, it is often easier to finish a task than it was to start it in the first place. Consequently, one of the keys to getting motivated is to make it easy to start.

Now, as I write this post, I am severely lacking in motivation: I have a 6,000 word project to be getting on with and need to work out what I’m writing my dissertation on. In writing this, I hope to both inspire any of you out there needing motivation as well as myself…  quite the task, huh?


Typically, in times of lacking motivation, I usually find myself binge-watching TV shows. Taking inspiration this avoidance of my work, here are 6 of the best motivational quotes I’ve came across so far that should, hopefully, get you motivated:


Gilmore Girls – A beautiful blend of comedy and drama. It gets life.

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“If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness, don’t waste time with regret.
Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes; because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart… where your hope lives.
You’ll find your way again.” – Rory Gilmore

How I Met Your Mother Surprisingly poignant at times.

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New Girl – Without Schmidt, all hope would be lost.

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God bless Schmidt.
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He’s not wrong!

Game of Thrones – Tyrion Lannister, master wordsmith.

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“I drink and I know things” is also pretty awesome.

 Grey’s Anatomy – Every episode has a meaningful narration…  it’s hard to choose.

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We all need a friendship like Meredith and Cristina.
“If there’s just one piece of advice I can give you, it’s this – when there’s something you really want, fight for it, don’t ever give up no matter how hopeless it seems. And when you’ve lost hope, ask yourself if in 10 years from now, you’re gonna wish you gave it just one more shot.
Because the best things in life, they don’t come free. “

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It’s evident that we are not alone in our lacking motivation – from TV shows, Films and music, the feeling of being lost is everywhere. It’s a human thing.

It takes time and effort but, in the end, I know you’ll get there (hopefully I will, too).

Give it one more shot.

Thanks for reading


Check out James Clear’s The Scientific Guide on How to Get and Stay Motivated at: jamesclear.com

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