Any cures for total lack of motivation?
01-11-2006 09:54 AM
Any cures for total lack of motivation?
I'm not really sure if this comes and goes or if it's been steadily getting worse for the past few years. I go through days and weeks where I just don't have the desire to better myself in any way and I believe that nothing really matters. But I don't think I really feel depressed or sad. It actually is like the movie Office Space- "It's not that I'm lazy, I just don't care."
I'm trying to figure out if it's psychological or phylosophical. Have any of you gone through anything like this before?
01-11-2006 09:56 AM
Yeah about 3 months ago, just wore out! Trained everyday for about 11 moths, no days off. Woke up one day and said, I dont give a **** if I get fat. Took about 2 weeks off, got fat and said screw this, time to go back. Take a little break.
01-11-2006 10:02 AM
could be overtraining. a break now and then never hurt anyone.
01-11-2006 10:34 AM
When I say better myself, I don't just mean training. I mean training, diet, work, education, etc. Basically anything that's not pure entertainment (socializing, movies, video games). It's like bettering myself as a whole becomes pointless. I just get in a real serious "slump".
01-11-2006 10:37 AM
might be shrink time. something in the noggin.
01-11-2006 10:38 AM
Take a total break. From everything (minus diet, work) If you feel like playing a video game, then play. When I took my break I took a break from it all minus work. Diet sucked, everything. It made me appreciate my health, fitness, and family more then ever.
01-11-2006 10:38 AM
I ran into this situation about 3 months ago. The only true thing that really helped me get going again was taking a break.
01-11-2006 10:58 AM
I hear you man that's a tough spot to be in. You've got to do some metaprogramming on yourself if you want to bust out of that rut. Usually its due to just doing too much; you dont have time for all the things you want to do so you just give up on everything and slack off.
01-11-2006 11:14 AM
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It will pass. You are young still believe it or not and you are still growing emotionally. Fight through it, take some time off as was recommended, you will find yourself on the other side stronger and more mature. We've all been there bro.
On a side note: for some it takes becoming involved with something other than ourselves in order to be truly fullfilled. FWIW
01-11-2006 04:08 PM
I go through the same thing about once a year. I'm going through it right now. I know a lot of it has to do with working nights, but my son started preschool last week and I get to sleep in, finally. Still, I just feel tired all the time. It takes all day to clean one room of the house. It's taken me a few weeks to get my tuition paperwork done with the army to pay for school.
For me, it takes a change in routine to fix it. Next week I start school and cut back on work hours. I know that this will help because if I keep this going while taking a full boat in school I'm screwed.
01-11-2006 11:43 PM
Maybe do some research on a herb named St. John's Wort. That, and tell yourself you are going to smile each and every day for a week.
While you're taking a break from your regular stuff, maybe think about doing something you've never done before - a new experience.
Then picture yourself and your life IF you were keep up with what you're doing (gym, diet, excercise, etc). Do you want that? Is it possible?
And no joke here - buy/rent/borrow/steal/whatever some inspirational/motivational CD. As lame as it sounds, my friend "forced" me to listen to a "Awakening the Giant Within" on a long road trip - and my life has never been the same since. Things like that can get you excited about things in life again.
If there's ever a skill that is hard to deny that Bill Phillips has, is that he knows how to motivate people. Watch one of those original Body-For-Life success tapes. I think it's a good motivator - it makes you believe ANY person can achieve their goals.
01-12-2006 12:28 AM
Do you have goals for the year and long term? It's hard to be dicisiplined without seeing a motivating benefit to it, it's very helpful to be able to relate the daily chores to something bigger and better. You have to see the forest, or you'll get lost in the trees.
One side of motivation is pleasure, rewards of action, the other is pain, the consequences of inaction, freshening one's mind with consequences can get you going, use both.
Whenever I hit a rut in my day, I refer to my daily TTD list, reject the weakness and start a task, getting started is three quarters of the battle. There's an old saying, "If you're hard on yourself, life will be easy on you", get tough with yourself, reject the inner excuses, build willpower and life will open up for you.
Task anxiety is usually related to inadequate preperation, preperation builds confidence, confidence leads to action.
It seems these days everyone's looking for a chemical fix, and they will chase a dozen chemical combos to find it, when what they need is training in character, strength the mind and heart and the outside battles become much much easier.
01-12-2006 12:48 AM
rollin' on dubs!
you need to listen to everyone and take some time off. ill admit that i am a huge overtrainer. i took a total of 3 days off in 2004 and 2 of them were the day before and the day of a show. depression can be a sign of overtraining. i experienced a decreased mood state for so long before i figured out overtraining was my problem. my feelings were, im not happy, and im not sad... im just here. no desire to do anything, constant fatigue, low libido, and poor sleep were other symptoms i experienced. after taking a week off from everything, i came back to the gym refreshed and had appreciation for life again. i had labs done, and physiologically, everything was fine. if this sounds anyhting like you, i suggest you take time off. it will do you good.
01-12-2006 01:45 AM
Ya I definitely have. (had that feeling)
I will also get this sick, scared feeling every once in a while and I can only calm down by reading the Bible. (i also am a MAJOR germophobe...ect(inferiority complex's and ****))
I have a lot of mind crap going on that I'm not to proud of.
01-12-2006 01:58 AM
Originally Posted by Beelzebub
I have a chiropractor that does a ton of mind stuff and counseling. (your back goes out in certain places due to specific emotions and habitual thinking(as is the cause of every health problem))
He has helped my life a TON.
01-12-2006 02:47 AM
Bro how old r'u? Anyways, overtraining is the most likely cause of this feeling. Could also be that little obsession called muscle mass that most people think is never enough. Rest and give yourself some time to reflect on the people that care for you most.
Getting laid always cheered me up the most. Of course, if this feeling of nothingness continues and it runs in your family get some medical attention.
01-12-2006 03:22 AM
:::6'4 240lbs EndoMorph:::
Like said in the previous posts, take some time off from training and dieting. Eat anything and everything for about a week or two, then go back to the gym ready to train. Even though you can use this supp everyday, i'd also try to get some amp. I've had my best workouts with this stuff.
01-12-2006 05:55 AM
I luv my tee, thanks NP
I think you have to set realistic goals for yourself and visualize them everyday. I am a strong believer in visualization. I've always been a big daydreamer and it used to get me in trouble at times, but now it is one of my biggest strengths. Just like Sunder stated, picture yourself and what your life would be like if you stay with it. I've read the mind can be tricked into thinking fantasy is reality and on a subconscious level you will actually start working towards what you are visualizing every day.
01-12-2006 10:08 AM
Sounds like the winter time blues, depression is a bitch. I get it from time to time and it stinks, for me, i just keep going until one night I shut off all the phones, and just veg, i also shut my cell off there are days I dont feel like talking to anyone, and it lasts for awhile.
the advice is good, take time, listen to your self, and what your feeling...But also know the difference between the winter blues and something major. get the help if you need it.
01-12-2006 11:45 AM
I posted on this in quite a bit of detail in the Bible Study Thread....check it out.
Originally Posted by rhunt000
The biggest thing for you right now is just to not entertain negative thoughts...only positive ones and then your life will go that direction.
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