Lack of motivation? Here are 15 useful tips to help you out!

The week has just begun, the weather is wet and cold and you are missing your motivation? Don’t panic, we provide first aid and give useful tips.

That we aren’t full of motivation and power every day is human. Especially in the cold season, many of us find it increasingly difficult to crawl out of the warm bed in the morning when temperatures outside the freezing point await us – in complete darkness.

This so-called “winter depression” is probably well known to most and has already been proven by numerous studies. One of the reasons for this is the lack of sunlight. So you don’t have to worry if you don’t sprint through life with as much power these days as it might otherwise.

It’s different when your listlessness is chronic. So every day you lack motivation and power to stick to your goals or do what you set out to do.

Reasons of listlessness

First of all, you should ask yourself where this drivenness comes from. Especially if you just “have a bad day” or because of the season (see above) it’s difficult to motivate you, it is advisable to admit such times, instead of always only 100% of yourself demand.

If this isn’t the case and you have had a problem with your motivation for some time, you should first ask yourself what you want at all, so:

  • What are your goals and have you defined them clearly?
  • What do you want to achieve in the medium and long term?

Many of us get upset that they don’t get motivated, but don’t even know why. Remember: It’s impossible to be purposeful and motivated if you don’t even know what your goal is.

“If you don’t know where you want to go, do not be surprised if you arrive somewhere else!” (Mark Twain)

Here are two types of motivation to distinguish: On the one hand, the one that comes from the outside (e.g. a reward or a bonus that you get when you achieve something specific), the so calling “Extrinsic Motivation”. And secondly, the one that comes from you (e.g. because it’s your dream), the so-called “Intrinsic Motivation”. First of all, think about whether there is any of them at all.

The next step could be a bit more painful: ask yourself if what you expect motivation from you, that’s what you want. A good example of this is your current employment: Often we demand more motivation from us here, but completely overlook the fact that our job or the study that has just begun is no longer in line with our interests.

Whether that’s the case or not, be aware that you’ll never really motivate yourself for something that’s not in your interest.

Otherwise you can be helped easily:


Motivation Tips & Tricks

1.) Focus on your “ultimate goal”

Make yourself aware again and again, what exactly you want to achieve (e.g. completion of studies or a promotion), how it will feel when the time comes and what benefits you will gain by achieving this main objective (for example, a salary increase, better job opportunities, better fitness).

2.) Find like-minded people

Surround yourself with people who think similarly, understand you, and support you in your goals. You will be amazed what energies can come from such contacts (read also about the braintrust-principle).

3.) Divide your overall goal into stages

Don’t think about how far it’s to reach your final goal (for example, the university degree). 

It’s better to set smaller milestones, so you get motivated every time again when you achieved another step.

4.) Care for a pleasant environment

Whether meticulous order, supposed chaos or heavy metal when working. 

Make sure you feel as comfortable as possible when working on their goals.

5.) Don’t give a f%&$!

Don’t let yourself be disturbed by people who want to spoil your dreams. 

Take advice from those who are role models for you in the very subject they’re talking about. Stay away from the mainstream .

6.) Reward yourself

Be disciplined, but don’t be too strict with yourself. Self-discipline is good and important, but you should also treat yourself regularly if you have come further. 

You know, carrot & whip.

7.) Create rituals

Of course, the best ideas come spontaneously. Nonetheless, you will achieve your goals only through continuity. 

So care for the right habits, such as the big cup of coffee before work starts or the sport at the end of the day.

8.) Look for role models

Orient yourself to people you look up to. It doesn’t matter if you know them or not. Think big! 

The story is full of exciting personalities (e.g. Steve Jobs , Thomas Edison, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.), who have demonstrated how to realize their own dreams.

9.) Schedule your plans

Goals must be specific, measurable, attractive, realistic and timed. Just the last point of the so-called SMART principle puts it in a nutshell: 

Set clear times until exactly what you have done.


With all perfectionism and self-discipline: Give in to times in which you are simply not in a good mood or not so motivated.

You’ll be less likely to cause problems than if you pull yourself down.

11.) Have faith

What if this happens and what happens when it comes to the other? Come on, don’t think too much. 

It will come as it should and then you can think about problems if they really occur.

12.) Remember, remember…

In times of self-doubt and demotivation we often forget what we’ve already done in life.

In the moments, realize that you will be able to do this too.

13.) Care for a healthy body

Think about your sleeping , eating, drinking and (if available) sports habits and experimenting with changes. 

The fitter your body is, the easier it’ll be for you to master your everyday life.

14.) Learn to set priorities

Get used to complaining about too little time. We all have the same amount every day, namely 86,400 seconds. 

The only question is whether you use it wisely or waste it on things that you could save well. (see also: the Eisenhower principle )

15.) Pay attention to what you think

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you can not, you will be right in any case .” This phenomenon, called the “self-fulfilling prophecy,” states that-by working unconsciously- that will happen, what you convince yourself.

So think very well, if you convince yourself that you are packing it or if you will not be able to do it anyway.

Finally, I want to give you the most important tip: Catch on. Now. Immediately.

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