Dealing with Complacency: How to Fight a Lack of Motivation

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing that’s why we recommend it daily.”  Zig Ziglar

There is a song from the movie Cinderella that says ‘a dream is a wish your heart makes’. But dreams, even such simple ones as a new dress for a dance, don’t become reality without motivation and action – unless you’re a cartoon heroine.

You’ll have to admit, Cinderella was motivated from dawn till dark. How about you? Excuses are easy. Complacency sidetracks dreams before they get started. Apathy argues that it’ll never happen anyway so why try?

Seriously, when you’re striving for a goal, success, or a victory of any kind, it is critical to stay motivated. But how do you do that in the midst of overload and overwhelm?


Imagine yourself with the end result. Imagine where you want to be, how you want to live, why you want to accomplish the task or goal. Visualization is powerful. It provides a mental Trip-Tic of sorts for your subconscious to work on. Even more powerful is writing those images down as if they already exist.

God tells us to write the vision; make it plain (Hab.  2:2). The desires of your heart are placed there by God. He wants you to have them (Ps. 34:7), big and small.  Thought images turned into words are powerful. Everything God created was with words. Tap into that power. Create a written word picture of your image, your dream or goal.

For those big dreams or projects, go a step further by creating a story-board of pictures, drawings and words that illustrate your vision. Write out affirmations that support your image. The more you work with your imagination, the stronger your dream becomes and the more motivated you will be.


Supernatural power and vision originate from Divine Mind, God.  But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding (Job 32:8).Inspire your mind with motivational tapes, seminars, books, even movies. The internet is a treasure-trove of positive, uplifting videos, MP3s, and articles. Motivation comes from inspiration.

When you feel complacent or discouraged, use motivational tools to help keep you on track. A few personal favorites are Og Mandino, John Maxwell, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, and Robert Collier.

Read biographies about successful people and how they overcame their own obstacles to achieve success. You’ll soon realize that you can do it too – whatever your vision might be! “I can …” is a powerful motivator.


Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established (Prov. 16:3). Whatever you dream of accomplishing – no matter how small – should be in line with God’s Word. How do you do that? The result should be a blessing! A clean house blesses your family. A new business blesses people with jobs or products and services they need. Your new book or song or masterpiece blesses everyone who reads or hears it. But how do you get started?

Think. Focus on the desired result. Expect to receive new ideas. Stay focused. Complacency weakens dreams until they become mere wishes.

Your subconscious mind is a valuable resource. It will search for or create the tools, processes and Divine connections you need to make your vision come to pass – IF your desire remains strong.

Become aware of fleeting thoughts that are connected to your vision.  Don’t lose those ideas in the clutter of daily activity. Write them down immediately. (Quick notes on your smart phone or tablet work well.) Later, spend some time meditating on each idea, allowing it to develop in your mind. God will lead you to innovative ideas, concepts and insights that will begin to establish your dream in reality.


Partnership is a powerful resource. Just make sure it is someone who will support your vision, not shoot it down. If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven (Matt. 18:19).

Knowing that someone else supports you and your vision is motivating. Even if that vision is no more than cleaning out the attic or garage, someone else is expecting it to happen. You will be more likely to follow through because of their expectation and support.

Even stronger is a group of like-minded people (mastermind group). The synergy created by different minds and personalities provides motivation, encouragement, and opportunities you probably could not think of by yourself.


The best way to beat complacency is to ‘just do it’. Get up. Get moving. Start doing something – anything – that contributes to the result you want. It may sound trite, but make a list. Decide on a plan. Motivation is easier and more effective when you keep the end result in mind.



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