Motivated AND Lazy? – Here’s The Stoic Approach To Motivation
Are you motivated and lazy? What does Stoicism say about motivation? This is a common paradoxical situation people find themselves in. Here’s how a Stoic would approach this issue and motivation in general.
Question: What would a stoic say about lack of motivation when thrown into the mix of fierce ambition? An almost impossible combination, yet a paradox that I feel affects many.
Answer: Well, what are you attempting to motivate yourself for?
This is the distinction you must make. Ask yourself that question. Where is your desire for motivation coming from?
Is your motivation for more material? Is your motivation for more validation through your accomplishments?
Understand that it’s fine to want to accomplish more, to become successful in the material sense, but the moment you place value of yourself and your happiness on these external gains, this is the moment you prevent yourself from being content in the now.
My challenge to you Kolten or anybody else watching/reading is to consistently remind yourself why you’re doing something.
Are you, let’s say writing a book to make money from the book?
Or are you writing the book because it challenges your discipline and self-control and money is a potential by-product of this challenge to your character?