3 Reasons You’re Not Motivated. And a Simple Rule to Overcome Them.

“Just one more step.”

Darius Foroux
4 min readAug 4, 2023

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Have you experienced the following situation before?

You’re hit with a wave of inspiration — maybe you’ll start that novel you’ve been dreaming about, or go to the gym more regularly, or clear the chores, emails, and other tasks that are gathering dust in your to-do list.

But after a few days or weeks, you get overwhelmed. And you either give up or get distracted by the next thing you’re excited about.

If you relate to this experience, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle with procrastination and a lack of motivation.

This turns into a cycle where people end up not achieving the things they want in life.

We all know our time is finite. And we can’t afford to waste it on useless stuff.

Seneca put it best:

“Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future.”

Always remind yourself that not getting things done today is a detriment to your future self.

To make sure we help our future selves, we have to overcome the following three things that kill our motivation.

1. Overthinking

I have a friend who once told me about starting their own business. But before he even started the business, he kept thinking about costs and potentially losing money.

He was fighting imaginary battles in his mind.

As a result, he never started his business. And that’s a shame because he will not find out whether his business would actually succeed.

Overthinking is often rooted in the fears we have. And this keeps us in a state of analysis paralysis, where we get paralyzed by overthinking.

You become so occupied with potential roadblocks that you don’t even take the first step.

When you’re faced with a task and you obsess over all the problems that could arise — you put yourself in a mental loop of negative…

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Darius Foroux

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