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How I Stopped Using Motivation as My Scapegoat

By Carmen Sakurai


Because the world doesn’t stop just because I’m not “feelin’ it”.

Motivation comes in waves.

Some days we find ourselves ready to take over the world, as soon as we open our eyes. We make big plans, get the project started, and feel an overwhelming sense of excitement because we’re finally going to make this happen.

Then we wake up the next day and… nuthin’. We try to go through the same steps and motions we did the day before, but for some reason, we’re just not “feelin’ it.” Perhaps we’re not ready to take on this project? Maybe we need to rethink our plan of action?

So we sweep our big, exciting project aside for yet another time and begin scrolling through Instagram and YouTube videos. Three months later, this project has become something we definitely want to do someday.

I know too well how that feels.

I can only speak for myself, but this makes me feel like a disappointment and a phony. Not keeping promises to yourself damages your self-esteem because you’re demonstrating you don’t have what it takes and cannot be counted on to achieve your goals.



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