From lethargic to motivated
The process of transitioning from lethargy to being motivated is simple to explain but challenging to practice. It involves a mental transition from relying on positive feelings as a source of motivation to instead, using beliefs, goals, and commitments to fuel your enthusiasm. Ideally, people who present with healthy motivation rely on both positive feelings (based on their accomplishments) and personal commitments as fuel for motivation, however when it comes to someone who already suffers from lethargy, it is likely they’ve accomplished very little in a long time to feel good about.
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 decided 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.
John is struggling with a chronic case of lethargy because he 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.