posted on Jul, 6 2005 @ 12:27 PM
I have the same problem--there's tons of things that I know I could do extremely well (in my mind, at least), but I never get motivated enough to do
I don't know if it's depression in my case as llpoolej suggested, but I do know that there are definitely underlying psychological reasons for my
lack of motivation. Two in particular stand out.
The first one (and I'm sure it's pretty common to everyone) is fear of failure. I'm sure everyone's heard the line "You can't hit the ball if
you don't swing at it" or some variation. I very easily get into the mindset of "Yeah, but you won't look like an idiot when it whizzes past
either." Thinking like that is a really bad habit to get into. Think about it for a while, and if that's your problem then you should try and work
up the nerve to be alright with failing.
Another problem I have that might not be as common, at least not directly, is fear of repetition. Most of the stuff I like to work on--writing,
music, and software programming--has a large background of ideas that have already been done, and it's every day it gets harder to come up with
something new. It's hard to want to try if you're just rehashing the same old garbage that someone else has already come up with, no matter what
kind of new spin you might want to put on it. That's something I haven't quite learned to deal with yet, other than just saying "screw it, I'll
copy something if that's what it's going to be."
I hope this helps in some way or other. Self-motivation is probably one of the most important things anyone can learn, but also often one of the most