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“I hate getting ready for bed!” I am so comfortable reading in my chair at night that I just don’t want to move. The next thing you know I drift off to sleep and when I wake up it’s all I can do to get myself to bed.  Washing my face and brushing my teeth is torture.”

“Homework!!! I dread doing my homework. I don’t like what I’m studying and I can’t see the point.  I’d rather be eating Oreos and playing Call of Duty.”

“Housework!!! Really? Do I have to clean the house. There are so many other things I’d rather be doing. Facing six loads of laundry and dishes piled up in the sink is so overwhelming, and not only that it would take me all day.”

“Making important phone calls!!! I hate making important phone calls. I’m afraid people will think I’m stupid and they won’t give me what I want.”

Disclaimer:  The statements I have written are a combination of my voice and others. They DO NOT represent any one person.

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I have trouble getting started_________________________________________


A couple of weeks ago in preparation for this post, I asked several people to share with me what they have trouble doing or getting started on. As I looked over the different statements they made, it became clear to me, that underneath each challenge, there is host of reasons for not being able to get started…and cause lack of motivation.  

As the reasons started piling up…


I began to think about how many talk about the need for powering through lack of motivation, but rarely address the root issues (with the exception of depression) causing the lack of motivation. It occurred to me that if we understood the reasons… or barriers stopping us, we would have something to sink our teeth into and work with. 

With that, I’ve decided to slow down and explore each barrier, and I invite you to walk with me by contributing your thoughts on the subject. Thanks to those who commented on my original “Power to Do” post, dated 3/10/13. Your thoughts were insightful and helpful to all those who read them. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read them, please take the time to do so. I’m betting you will be glad you did.


So far I have identified fourteen barriers to accomplishment and before I go any further, I want to list those for you, so you know where we will be heading  for the duration of this series.

The List  a.k.a. “The Energy Suckers”


1. The belief that motivation has to be present to get things done

2. Fear

3. Not wanting to give up personal control

4. Not wanting to leave our comfort zone

5. Low self-esteem

6. Already feeling overwhelmed

7. Lack of skill

8. Over estimating or under estimating how long the task or achieving the goal will take

9. Depression

10. The task or goal is distasteful

11. Something in the environment makes it especially difficult

12. Indecision about what we want to do

13. Rigid thoughts

14. Perfectionism


If you can think of any others, let me know; but for now, ask yourself which of these  keep you from moving forward. 

Until next time… Shine On 🙂