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Motivation is (Nearly) Meaningless. Do This Instead

You can get things done even when you’re unmotivated if…

Sarah Cy
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3 min readMar 31, 2024


So you wish you had more motivation, do you?

You look at your life and cry out in despair, “What have I been DOING with all my time? How come I haven’t actually achieved anything awesome, like Perfect Pete from Preschool, or Johnny-the-Genius from junior high? What is wrong with me? Why am I so unmotivated?”

Well, here’s some good news for you:

You don’t need motivation.

At least, not the kind of “motivation” that drives certain people to obsessively work on their craft to the exclusion of everything and everyone else.

You just need a good plan.

Psychologists call this “Implementation Intention,” where you clearly state what you’re going to do, and in what manner, with as high a degree of specificity as you can manage, and taking into consideration potential obstacles.

That means instead of saying:

“I’m going to write a novel sometime between now and my 95th birthday…”

You say:

“I’m going to write for 30 minutes every day at 7:00am in the morning, in my study, with my cup of pre-prepped rose tea and my ear buds…



Sarah Cy

(aka The Scylighter). Writer, musician, reader, daughter. Join our Merry Band, become a Brilliant Writer, and dazzle your readers!