Tuesday, August 24, 2010

You’re Already Working Hard At Something

You’re Already Working Hard At Something

A primary reason for lack of motivation is that to make the necessary changes that are conducive to success seem too difficult.

It is much easier to be a “watcher,” to sit back, stagnant, doing nothing while you groan and gripe about how terrible everything is and how tired you are of your current situation.

But the only reason that remaining static seems easier is because it is what you have become accustomed to doing. The fact of the matter is that you are already working to remain where you are currently.

Do you find it easy to ignore the desire to accomplish more in your life? Do you find it easy to hold yourself back from achieving your goals?

If so, you are keeping yourself in limbo. Momentum wants to pull you forward, where there is more for you, but your fears and doubts pull you backward and hold you down. It takes a great deal of internal strength, perseverance and endurance to remain balanced between such powerful forces.

It stands to reason that if you are working so hard to stay where you are, all it takes is a simple shift of focus to redirect your energies and move forward.

But how can that be done?

It may seem scary, like a huge leap from where you are to where you want to be; but it helps if you are able to identify the one thing that stands between you and your ability to reach for more.

While this hindrance is different for everyone, but there are some common reasons. Perhaps you can pinpoint your barrier to success and begin to make some changes in your life.


You may have convinced yourself that something bad will happen if you begin to pursue your goals or dreams. You may have a feeling of impending doom and gloom, certain that you will somehow fail. You do not want to experience failure, so you choose to do nothing at all.

Try putting your fear into perspective. What is worse, taking a chance and risking failure or never trying at all and facing the prospect of never moving beyond where you are now. When you analyze it in this manner, you can easily see that fear is an enemy of the mind that will always keep you down.

It may seem overwhelming at times but it is insignificant when you look at the big picture. You may stumble at times; you may ever fail now and again, but that is how you learn and grow. You only fail if you fail to get up and try again.


Doubt is sneaky. It creeps in when you least expect it and undermines your confidence and momentum. It will cause you to question your abilities to overcome challenges and create the life that you want. You may even begin to doubt your ability to even identify the path that is right for you.

You will never know until you try. If you want to make positive changes in your life then you have to be willing to believe in yourself - even if it is just a tiny bit.

You must have faith that even if you don’t get it right at first, you can work to develop the skills and abilities that you need to achieve the things that you want in life.

No one is born with all the skills necessary to get the things that they want from life. Those skills must be developed and honed. Start small, taking baby steps, and you can have the life that you want.


Everyone feels lazy at times. Sometimes it is much more pleasant to take the easy way out. True, it is tempting to sit in front of the television or computer because you don’t have to think too hard or work too hard for that matter.

You can just “veg out” and never have to face your fears or overcome any challenges. The unfortunate part of this is that it is easy to do, but a difficult behavior to change.

The truth of the matter is that you can have some “down time,” some periods of laziness; but you can also excel and achieve all you want from your life. The key is balance.

Do not deny yourself the activities that you enjoy. You need to have fun and relax. You need a social life and down time to recharge. But you need more than that.

You need to know the feeling of pride and accomplishment in what you do. You need a balance, a contrast of working hard followed by rewarding yourself with playing hard and resting easy.

So, what is the barrier that is keeping you from having the things in life that you want? Is it fear, doubt, laziness or is it something else? Once you identify your personal obstacles and take the necessary steps to get past them, you can achieve the things that you want.

Stop working hard at maintaining your mediocrity. If you are going to work hard, direct that energy to working hard at success and the life that you want - and that you deserve.

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