Energy & Focus: Two Reasons You’re Not Motivated

Reduced friction + good habits = Motivation

Darius Foroux
4 min readSep 29, 2023

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We’re not consistently motivated because we’re collectively relying on externals for our motivation.

Listening to music that pumps you up, watching an inspirational video, reading a motivational book/article — These are all external.

Now, don’t get me wrong; External stimuli does help. Even I feel more motivated to work out when I’m listening to good music. And watching sports documentaries on Netflix inspires me to be better.

Money is also a form of motivation. I’m sure we all have, at one point in our lives, done things primarily for financial reasons.

But going after these things only gives you temporary motivation. Even money motivates to a certain extent only. True motivation is something deeper and more internal. We need to have a good “why.”

“I have a good ‘why’ but I’m still not feeling motivated!”

If that’s the case, then look at these two factors:

  1. Lack of energy — without enough energy, it’s easy to procrastinate and not get things done.
  2. Lack of focus — when you find yourself always bouncing between your phone and the actual tasks you’re supposed to be doing; you lengthen the…

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Darius Foroux

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