The Secret to Overcome Lack of Motivation

By: Ginger Hanson

mo·ti·va·tion - the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

Lately, I’ve struggled to motivate myself to check certain things off my to-do list. Can you guess which to-do tops that list? Prepare the nursery. Why is it so hard? Why do I keep putting it off? I need to paint and set up the room. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not much at all. But I keep putting it off and putting it off!

So, I’ve been considering motivation lately. And Mel Robbins keeps popping into my mind; and her quote, “Why motivation is garbage.” She has a great interview with Tom Bilyeu, the host of Impact Theory, that you should check out here if you haven’t already.

Basically, she says in order to do the things we want to do with our lives, we’re going to have to do things that are difficult, uncertain, or scary and we, as human beings, are not designed to do things that are difficult, uncertain, or scary. So, if we’re waiting for the motivation to come to get us to do those things, we’re going to be waiting forever because we’re never going to feel like it!

Setting up the nursery means change and there’s a level of uncertainty that comes with it. It’s acknowledging, in a big, very visible way, that my life is about to change in a big, very visible way. My husband and I are both incredibly excited for that change, but it also scares me.

So while I’m going to cut myself a little slack when it comes to ‘not finding the motivation’ to complete this to-do, Robbins does offer a simple, easy way to trick the brain to take action that I am working to implement in my life. She calls it The 5 Second Rule.

The 5 Second Rule

Robbins defines this rule as this: If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.

The simple trick she gives is when you feel yourself hesitate before doing something that you know you should do, count 5-4-3-2-1-GO and move towards action. And that’s it. That’s all there is to it. If you're interested in finding out more, I highly recommend checking out her book. There’s a lot of science that she dives into, but I’m going to leave you with that. I’m off to work on the nursery room...

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