Feeling Motivated AND Lazy? – The Stoic Solution

Feeling Motivated AND Lazy? – The Stoic Solution

motivation and stoicism

Hello! I’ve been into Stoicism for awhile now, and thought I’d share about its views on motivation. The past couple of years I’ve been experiencing a strange kind of paradox – I’d feel motivated and lazy at the same time. I have been watching many positivity and motivational videos, and I wish to accomplish and do great things, but when it comes down to it I just stop doing it after awhile and procrastinate.

motivation and stoicism

I think part of it is striking a balance between work and relaxation, but another part of it is the reason behind your pursuit of something. According to Stoicism, you need to ask yourself why you’re doing this. Why do you want to achieve this? Is it for money? Is it to feel more validated through the success of achieving this thing that you’re doing? – Understand that even though these are acceptable reasons, they are nonetheless materialistic motivations, which may not last as long as intrinsic motivations.

Stoicism says that such materialistic motivations such as wanting to be rich or wanting to be recognized for being successful are also to an extent, not under your complete control. They depend on the opinions and actions of others to dictate your wealth and success.

motivation and stoicism

So…if such motivations aren’t sustainable, then what is? What is under your complete control? It’s our minds. Our character. Our values. Globally, there’s 4 cardinal values espoused by stoicism – temperance, courage, wisdom and justice. Pursuing your goals hones such values. You learn to be more disciplined, have more self-control, and being comfortable in uncomfortable situations.

motivation and stoicism

Take up a goal because you know it will challenge your character and hone such values in you, and you stand a higher chance of persisting at that goal. Money, which is very much contingent on the external world, would be a possible by-product of it.

 

Any and all comments are welcome!