You can feel it when it hits. You begin staring at your computer and suddenly you’re not there. You have emails to send and things to complete, but you don’t feel like doing ANY of it. You feel like taking a nap and the list of excuses start playing in your mind. The motivation vampire has struck again.
The word for motivation is derived from the latin root, movere – to move. When you lack motivation you are literally stuck. Frozen. Inert. Stalled.
In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, he writes about resistance. “Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. It’s aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”