Take a fictional character and name him John. Let’s say that John is twenty-five years of age and residing in his mother’s home. John doesn’t have any source of income and he has come in to see a counselor because he struggles with poor motivation. Perhaps if John came in to see me he would say something to the effect about his struggle in getting out of bed in the morning.
You see what John is struggling with is a chronic case of lethargy, and the reason his experiences with lethargy is chronic is because John relies on feeling good to get him through the day. The problem for John is that he has not accomplished anything in his adult years to feel good about and as a result he has become caught up in a vicious cycle where he relies on the currency of feeling good to get by, but there is nothing in the bank.