How To Overcome Reluctance And Have Never Ending Motivation

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One of the traits of successful people is to take massive action. You can find personal development authors stressing that taking action is important in every self-help book. This shows that taking massive action is important to help us reach our goals and achieve our desired success. However, there is always one thing that is stopping us from taking action. It is the feeling of reluctance to do anything and the lack of motivation.

Recently I have been thinking about how can I sustain my motivation for taking action. Even though I am blogging about personal development and I had written about taking massive action, I have to confess that there are times when the feeling of reluctance and lack of motivation stop me from doing so.

There will be times when procrastination takes place and the feeling of reluctance to do anything kicks in. My productivity usually takes a dip when this happen. I will spend some time in this low productivity period before I start to take massive action and be productive again.

I wonder what will happen if I am capable of taking massive action in a more consistent manner? What if I can overcome the feeling of reluctance and take massive action consistently? I believe my life would change more drastically if I am able to do it.

Brainstorming For Answers

I have been brainstorming for answers to help me boost my productivity by overcoming the feeling of reluctance and to sustain my motivation. I did not find any answers to my questions. I have tried out other methods shared by personal development authors and speakers but I find that something is lacking in their methods.

I did my night run yesterday and I was listening to an audio book, Cultivating An Unshakable Character by Jim Rohn. He spoke about the topic of how to sustain our motivation and how to overcome our feeling of reluctance. This is what I am looking for and it is great that Jim Rohn already has an answer for me.

He mentioned that to overcome reluctance and sustain your motivation, there are 2 things that you need to do. The first thing is to keep track of your time and the second thing is to bring others into your plan or goal.

1. Keep Track Of Your Time

If you do not keep track of your finance, you will not know where your money went and you may end up broke at the end of every month. If you do not keep track of your time, you will lose your most valuable asset and achieve nothing in the end.

Jim Rohn has recommended keeping a time log and taking note of everything that you did every day for at least a week. This can help you to reflect upon what you are doing, how much time you are putting into serious work and how much time you are wasting daily.

I always experience inertia (reluctance) when I want to start taking action. For this article that I had wrote, I had wasted 30 minutes walking around doing nothing before I set my mind to write it. This little amount of time wasted daily when accumulated in a week is a lot of time.

By keeping a time log and recording what you did in every 30 minutes interval daily can help me to track where I spend my time. Keeping a time log can help me know how much time I have wasted. This can help me to overcome the feeling of reluctance and get into action faster to avoid wasting time.

I plan to start recording my time log tomorrow. I will write a post on it after a week and share the results with you.

2. Bring Others Into Your Plan

It is easy to break a single chopstick but it is hard to break a bunch of chopsticks. It is hard to achieve your goals alone. I already have a mastermind group and I know how important it is to gather like-minded people together and try to achieve their goals.

I have a weekly meet up with my mastermind group. We will meet in person every start of the month and for the other weeks, we will conduct a talk using Skype. This weekly meet ups allow us to reflect upon our action for the week and plan for the new week. We also encourage and motivate each other into taking massive action to achieve our goals.

Jim Rohn mentioned something that caught my attention. He said that to sustain motivation, you would need to think about how achieving your goals can help your family or others. This is what I am missing. I do not have a clear picture of how my goals can help my family and others. It has always been me, me and all about me.

I believe this is why I am constantly experiencing a dip in motivation and productivity. I have decided to write down my goals once again and this time round, bring my family members into picture. For example, writing down how can achieving my goal in running a highly profitable business can help out my family and how I am able to help provide for my love ones and allow them to experience abundance.

Parting Words

How much difference will it make to your life if you have 50% less feeling of reluctance? How can the increased productivity help you achieve your goals much faster? What if you can sustain never ending motivation? I bet you will be living a life of abundance and prosperity.

I believe anyone can achieve their goals much faster and experience lesser obstacles if they can overcome their feeling of reluctance, start taking massive action and have never ending motivation.

When you are trying to achieve your goals with feeling of reluctance and lack of motivation, it is like running with a heavy weight tied to you. Stop allowing your feeling of reluctance and lack of motivation tie you down. Get rid of them and start achieving like you are suppose to.

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13 Responses to “How To Overcome Reluctance And Have Never Ending Motivation”

  1. Excellent arguments.Reluctance hinders us from self actualization.I think we must maximize our full potentials for us to be fulfilled.

  2. Credit Girl says:

    I think this kind of leads to procrastination as well! When you are reluctant to start something, you may procrastinate and that leads to inefficiency in your work.
    .-= Credit Girl´s last blog ..Sixteen States Trying to Prevent Employment Credit Checks =-.

  3. Taking action and taking it NOW, is the key that works for me in this kind of situation. If I allow things to slip by procrastinating it just compounds my misery in the long run. So grab the organism by the scruff of it’s neck and give it no leeway whatsoever. It works for me 😉

  4. Megan says:

    Bringing others into the plan kinda reminds me of how AA’s work. They group up and help each, motivate each other to be better people.
    I don’t agree with the time logging thing though. It could become very stressful that you have to time your every movement and stress over the 5 mins you’ve been idle. I guess I’m exaggerating over what you meant. I think discipline is very important…focusing on goals. Another hindrance I could think of is distractions. Let’s face it we get a lot of distractions and we usually don’t get things done.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Megan,

      In our age, we are getting much more distractions from cellphones and emails etc. Preventing ourselves from distracted and being interrupted can save up tons of valuable time that we can use to achieve our goals.


  5. I also feel that sometimes the reluctance is a signal that it’s time to slow down and take another look at the plan. It can be a signal that something isn’t right.
    .-= Sherri Frost | Self Hypnosis´s last blog ..Self Hypnosis for Weight Loss: Is It Safe? =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Sherri,

      Reluctance is a sign and we should dig deeper into it to find out what causes our reluctance in the first place. I usually discover new things that I should do to remedy or improve upon.


  6. Great points Vincent and I’d like to add something. If you’ve read secrets of the millionaire mind you’ve probably heard about the financial thermostat. I think many times, when we’re not motivated, there’s an issue up the mind. Mind conditioning plays a major role. The authors and researchers say that the Great Ones operate at a different state of mind, and I think that means they can control their beta and alpha frequencies.
    .-= Clinton Skakun´s last blog ..Everyday routine framework(quick post) =-.

    • helen says:

      I agree with you to a great extent.What’s more,most people do the same unproductive things everyday while expecting there would be a prosperous tomorrow.It is urgent to manage our time with self-discipline.
      .-= helen´s last blog ..No.1clicked Indie Folk Song in China,! By 翁乙仁 =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Clinton,

      I had read that book and I do agree on that. Motivation is an issue in the mind and we need to work on our mindset to help fix this. I am currently reading this book The New Psycho Cybernetics and it covers about this topic. It is a great read! I totally recommend it.


  7. Great article Vincent.

    I agree with most of this article but it compels me to tell people to take time to chill out. There’ no need to be motivated all the time.

    Our society gets so caught up in this perpetual desire for motivation and striving for success that we burn ourselves out. We forget the only real thing, this moment.

    Rishi Pathani
    .-= RIshi @ Self Improvement Explained´s last blog ..Comfort Zones Explained =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Rishi,

      I believe it is great to be motivated whenever we want to take action to move towards our goals. I agree with you on being in the present. Thinking too far into the future or into the past can get us nowhere. Only by being in the present we can achieve. Good point!