If You Can't Motivate Yourself to Do Anything, It Might Be 'Avolition'—Here's How to Beat It

Written by Robert J. Matthews

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Many of us have experienced feeling driven to get things done, but then it fades. 

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You feel demotivated and uninspired to finish your to-do list. Emails, chores, and projects pile up, and deadlines pass.

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Lack of drive may affect everyone, whether they're a Type A, get-it-done person or someone with fluctuating ambition.

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What's Avolition? Wendy O'Connor, PsyD, positive psychologist and success coach, defines avolition as the incapacity to pursue goals.

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In contrast to avolition, life's normal flow might cause momentary motivation loss. 

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Avolition is often linked to mental health conditions, say experts. If you think your lack of motivation is affecting your life

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O'Connor thinks it's ridiculous to expect to wake up with brimming drive every day, whether you have avolition or not.

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Reduced motivation is a growing issue in society, regardless of mental health. 

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