Apathy

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”Apathy occurs when you aren’t interested enough in your own life to be the chief influence in it.”
A. Brandon

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I write a lot about self improvement and change. What if you do not have the motivation, when waking up early, setting goals and changing habits all seems too difficult.

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Apathy is a common problem. I have certainly had motivational dry spells. While I do not think there is an instant cure to this problem, apathy sets in when you loose track of what you want. Finding motivation needs to start by focusing on your desires. Not the goals other people want for you. Not the goals you feel you should have. But the goals that fill you with enthusiasm.

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A more common reason to feel apathetic is that you are focusing on the wrong goal. You have committed yourself to a goal that does not motivate you anymore. Sometimes this happens because you have changed since you made the initial commitment.

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The time spent working on a goal is not wasted, even if you never reach the goal. Along the way you have learnt and developed skills.

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If trying to motivate yourself results in you feeling less motivated, you have probably picked the wrong goal. When you try to get enthusiastic but feel even more apathetic, the goal is broken. But if thinking about your goal still makes you excited, you probably just need more patience.

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Fighting apathy is not easy. Focus on one thing that gets you fired up.……commit to it. Clarify your plan of action and start with small, easy steps, creating enthusiasm and momentum. And off you go!

‘Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an idea, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite plan for carrying that idea into practice.’
Arnold J. Toynbee

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