Dedication, time, and planning.  Focus, energy, and support.  

In my experience with helping clients, these are some of the common themes that are cited when talking about creating, sustaining, and enhancing motivation.  For some people, these behaviors seem to come about naturally.  For others, they can be difficult to implement.  Are you struggling with motivation?  What might be holding you back from achieving success?  More importantly … what is your definition of success?

Here are just a few examples of what can inhibit motivation and hold you back:


You put off tasks you know that you “should” get done, and instead, you often wait until the last minute to execute a plan or make effort to take care of these matters. This type of behavior can inhibit motivation.


With so many choices and options out there, you find yourself thinking, “How on earth can I make a decision about anything these days?  What if I make the wrong choice?  Is there a better option out there?”  This mode of thinking can also inhibit motivation.

“Imposter Syndrome” 

You identify as a high-achiever, but have a hard time believing the validity of your own potential and success.  It is hard for you to accept your achievements, and you hold a belief system that you are somehow a “fraud,” “phony,” or are undeserving, despite evidence that proves otherwise.  This form of thinking can often inhibit motivation.


The people, places, and things we surround ourselves with are usually reflective of our own lifestyles.  For example, if your eating, exercise, and other self-care routines are “unhealthy” or lacking, you may notice that the people you usually spend time with, the places you go, and the things that you do may also be “unhealthy” or lacking.  Themes of willpower and self-control may also be evident in this scenario.  Please note that it can be hard for some individuals to enhance motivation while simultaneously working on these issues, so don’t lose hope … one step at a time!  


Do you want to encourage motivation?  Set yourself up for success?  Play an active role in your life?  Work through the issues that may be related to difficulties in taking action?  If so, Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing are useful modalities to help you gain momentum in improving upon motivation.  These are active, directive approaches that many clients find beneficial as they relate to getting “unstuck,” identifying and working through stumbling blocks, and helping them to take ownership of their lives.

Change can be hard, and usually comes about in stages.  It is a process that evolves over time and requires readiness.   You may find that you are eager to make a change, but have no idea how to initiate its implementation.  Therapy can help you uncover what is holding you back,  and can help you become motivated to move in the direction you wish to go!


Check out one of my recent articles about Ambition as seen in The Huffington Post.

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