What do you do when you have no passion or drive?

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What do you do when you have no passion or drive?
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July 23rd, 2016 1:59am

Find motivation in other aspects of life - set yourself goals, recognise your achievements and understand your strengths and weaknesses, strive to make little steps and keep track of progress. Find interests in different areas of your life

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February 21st, 2018 4:56am

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July 28th, 2016 8:54am

I could sit here and try to motivate you or tell you poetic things that give you hope but unfortunately I too am wondering the same thing. I lost my passion, my drive, more than three years ago and I go to bed every night hoping that when I wake up in the morning, my life will go back to the way it used to be. I think the best things for us to do is to keep searching for what drives us and what brings out our passion. We must try different things and stay positive. It's not easy but I hope it will be worth it someday. I wish you the best of luck. -LC

August 4th, 2016 2:36pm

When I have no passion or drive, I tend to get pen and paper to write. When I have so much going on in my head that I lose the ability to do anything, getting it out, onto paper, tends to help organize the mess that's in my mind. Writing also invokes passion as I become more and more animated the more I write!

September 2nd, 2016 2:31am

I give myself time to wallow, but put a limit on it. One day allowed for staying in bed procrastinating and moping, but one day only! Then its time to motivate myself with upbeat music, a deep house clean and treating myself to some new stationary to make all my to-do lists. I also make mood boards to remind me of why I'm doing what I'm doing and that really helps drive me forward.

November 9th, 2016 10:37pm

I found myself having no passion or drive in life as a whole a few months back. It had been this way for a long time, and after some reflection I realized that it was because I was self-defeating. I love writing, I love going out and doing things- but I was doing none of that because before taking the first step my brain said "What's the point- you won't ever get it done." To get over it, I committed to writing and working out by making a no-excuse schedule. Unless there was an emergency or urgent matter, I would commit to this schedule and do what I wanted to do. It worked. I have over 20 documents relating to my novel now, and I have gained a good amount of weight from building muscle. The hardest part was getting up and taking the first step, and recognizing my inner problem. After recognizing it, facing that inner issue was something I had to force myself to do- and want to do it. There's no way to do that for someone else, but recognizing the issue itself can always help.

July 24th, 2016 11:29pm

You should think about the things you used to like when you were a kid. IMagine you could create a perfect friend what would he/shes passion and drives be. You will find your answer there.

September 8th, 2016 9:46pm

Maybe it's because of low self-confidence. You don't feel like you can do anything and everything if you just try and decide. Thinking about the times you've done well in the past or you've even surprised yourself with your abilities, could really help and give you willpower to start on something you like the most and be sure that you'll be able to pull it off wonderfully :)

April 27th, 2017 11:08am

You may have tried your luck with something, and nothing came of it no matter how many times you tried. You may have expressed an idea to someone who in turn just started spouting all the things that are difficult at you, which can be feel like they doubt you more or less. However you got there, it's the result that happened. Loss of faith in oneself. Do not spend a lot of time thinking about all the things that went wrong. That is a deep pit. Only look ahead. Remember function is the key, and when you find out what your talents and abilities are, you are unstoppable! Also, it's never too late for anyone to pick up new skills. :)

August 13th, 2016 1:44am

Make a list of the things in your life that you are grateful for. Then you will note similar interests and topics that can initiate energy.

August 17th, 2016 11:29am

When you have no passion or drive left for the world, you should probably make time for yourself, self care I mean! Or simply sleep!

September 15th, 2016 3:18am

You keep existing. You push yourself to accomplish even the smallest of things. Brush your teeth. Go for a walk. When that little voice of hesitation comes through, you push against it with whatever you have left in you. If you continue to do this, you will build up some drive and push yourself to do more and more positive things. Have patience with this process and patience with yourself.

August 19th, 2016 12:33pm

I think about the people who make my life worth while, like my mom and my brothers. Also i listen to some gospel music.

August 21st, 2016 1:08pm

Take a breather. Go outdoors and have a walk while taking deep breaths. Clear your mind and just relax by putting all the stress and pressure behind for a moment. Start thinking about what went well recently or the positive things that you have done before. Also think of some words of encouragement for yourself, like 'You're stronger than you think'. From there, gradually pick yourself up to a point where you feel passionate and driven again.

December 4th, 2016 3:35pm

I'm sorry you feel that way. One of the main symptoms of depression, is something called anhedonia, which means that you loose interest in the things that you used to love and care about, the hobbies that used to make you happy, your friends and family. Depression can also make you feel a tired so deep you feel it to your bones, like you don't have the energy to do anything, sometimes that even means getting out of bed. If this sounds familiar, I think i'd go to my doctor and maybe get checked to see if I had a depression, which can be a scary thing to admit. I think the important thing to remember personally if you feel that way is to be kind to yourself, practice self-care and give yourself time and space breathe.

August 18th, 2016 3:56pm

I watch funny videos, I play with my dog. When I caught myself laughing already I took advantage of the thought that life is okay and that happiness is something that I can have if I kept going :)

August 24th, 2016 2:45pm

I tell myself to be grateful for my blessings. I get back on track by having an attitude of gratitude. I ask myself what I could do to make myself a better person.

September 18th, 2016 5:16am

You could talk to your doctor or friends and family about this you could start exercising or change your eating habits

October 13th, 2016 10:19pm

Almost all the time, I usually find my passion when drawing or reading, it can be a struggle for you to find what gives you the motivation, but once found it's amazing!

December 14th, 2016 1:06am

For me as a dancer, rejection and lack of passion are regular occurrences. I have found it hard to keep going, have wanted to give up on life but have found ways of dealing with it. I make a list of all the good things I have in my life, think about if I could live without it in my life and then take it one step at a time. A little step back can help you pick up your ambition again.

March 2nd, 2017 8:51am

This is a very common feeling to have, but no worries, you can overcome it. Setting small, achievable goals for yourself in the form of a checklist is very effective to get yourself into a habit of doing things, which gradually brings you away from a general feeling of apathy and the possible consequence of underperforming in school, work, or even just at fundamental self-care. It is also important to record your feelings, identify certain triggers if possible, and remind yourself of your positive values and the things you enjoy. This effort may seem overwhelming and tiresome at first, but it will be well worth it in the end.

July 16th, 2017 7:37am

Passion/Drive/Motivation=Not Eternal, Not Always For eg one day you might wake up saying to yourself 'Enough is enough, I am going to exercise regularly and shed all this fat'. Your motivation enables you to do this for three to four days and boom, you are back at where you started. Because motivation or drive ended. Cultivate Self-Discipline. Motivation is overrated. Stick to the task, no matter how boring or annoying or taxing it may get, until you see it to its competition. And when its completed you will feel happy, that it was worth it and you will feel motivated again. So motivation is like a head start. You can't go all the way with it. Plan you work, divide it into little tasks and then do it little by little. Make a must-do list. And write on it, things that you must absolutely do. Don't write all the things you need to do, just write on it what you absolutely must do today before you go to sleep. Hold yourself accountable if you miss your schedule. And reward yourself if you meet your targets. But take note not to criticize yourself if you fail to achieve your goals. Treat it like a game. You play to win, you may fail a level or two while doing it. But you win the game, with tenacity. Good Luck!

September 21st, 2017 6:17am

Shut most electronics down for a day or a half. Grab many trash bags. Throw things away that you don't care about anymore and reorganize your surroundings. Focus on one creative, simple and easy project in the beginning if needed. And progress into more advanced tasks, including ones that do not bring an immediately perceived reward. Go at your own pace, but continue forward. Do not give up forever. Keep restarting.

July 22nd, 2016 12:19am

There are many aspects and factors that affect your lack of motivation which may make it difficult to fix or deal with. You can recharge this shortage of passion and drive by simply just doing what you love and actually want to do!

July 30th, 2016 7:40pm

Find something that you love and do it. Pick up an old hobby. Make yourself motivated. You can do it!

August 3rd, 2016 6:55am

When I lost those, I come here in 7 cups. This site helps me to be back on my feet by making me realize a lot of things, and also helps me to build up my passion and drive.

August 4th, 2016 3:31am

i do some research online about motivation and what I can do to motivate myself. The internet is full of these resources and they are there for me to make the most out of them!

August 5th, 2016 9:45pm

I look for something supportive that will help me and/or go to my friends because I know they care about me.

August 10th, 2016 5:10pm

I'll go outside and listen to musics. It helps a lot when you're running out of something that keeps you alive, or maybe I'll go to the art gallery. That would be a good idea.

August 17th, 2016 12:56pm

You could choose to stay in bed, recharge and rest until you feel more energized. However I would recommend getting out and about, go for a walk, listen to music. Spend time with family and try to find the things that make you happy.

August 19th, 2016 3:00pm

I honestly include my religious beliefs into whatever the situation maybe. Search your inner mind your inner will and trust me the "drive" is within. All that is needed is a push from within.

September 11th, 2016 7:54am

I watch videos. I watch videos of really famous people or people who are good at the things I want to be good at.

September 22nd, 2016 6:56pm

I usually listen to music that inspires me in many ways and this gives me hope and passion to get through anything.

September 25th, 2016 9:58am

I do something that requires little effort, like chores, knitting, or reading, until my drive comes back.

September 28th, 2016 4:05am

Try to find something that does interest me at that moment. Maybe I have no drive to work on my crafts but reading doesn't sound bad. So I do that.

October 8th, 2016 4:50am

I think about what I want in life, and what I want to become. And remember that this lack of passion is not forever.

October 20th, 2016 2:57am

Sometimes feeling like you have no passion or drive can be an indication of burn out. When I'm feeling like this, I like to relax and take some time for myself. Once my head is clear, I can try to approach the situation again.

October 20th, 2016 1:27pm

When I lose my will, or motivation to do something, I look to the people that still do and list reasons why I should keep pushing forward. Self motivation is a key importance to living a healthy life.

October 23rd, 2016 5:27am

There might be something you can change in your environment(s) to bring that passion back, like a new living location, career, relationship, or circle of friends. Try taking up a hobby from your childhood and then taking up a few hobbies you never thought you'd enjoy anyway. Try a lot of different things, everything, even corny hobbies. It only takes one thing of passion to help us get through our lives.

October 26th, 2016 9:46pm

When I have no passion or drive, I tend to get pen and paper to write. When I have so much going on in my head that I lose the ability to do anything, getting it out, onto paper, tends to help organize the mess that's in my mind. Writing also invokes passion as I become more and more animated the more I write!

October 29th, 2016 12:49pm

I look back on things that I have successfully achieved in life, anything from completing a gym routine to organising my folders for college and remember the sense of achievement I felt after having completed that task. It is not the scale of the achievement that matters but the sense of success that follows that inspires me to set and try to attain future goals, no matter how seemingly small they may be!

November 3rd, 2016 10:16am

Try to find one passion or drive by attempting different activities in life. So that you will find one that truly interest you

November 3rd, 2016 8:23pm

I sit and think about my life and ask myself "What on earth am I here for?". I also think about my family who has been waiting their whole life seeing me grow up and give me guidance and support.

November 4th, 2016 8:33am

Focus on why you have survived this long, and don't let anything else stand in your way. Know that you are in perfect form for what lies ahead, and are only made stronger and better for having endured today. Use your feelings of flatness, let them inspire your mind, even if your emotions and heart are not behind you. If you force yourself think proactively and productively, soon you will be where your actions will follow.

November 9th, 2016 3:48am

I put on music to help motivate me or I try to be around people who will try to help me in every aspect that they can

November 9th, 2016 11:39am

When you lose passion or drive for something, try to remember why you got into it in the first place, and why it may be better for you to continue. If it gets really bad however, find something that might intrest you more and stick with it.

November 11th, 2016 6:20am

I force myself to get out of bed and make a goal to do one thing that I have been meaning to do. If nothing else gets done but that one thing I will be happy because I accomplished my goal.

November 13th, 2016 4:53pm

Passion and drive sometime take a hit when the list of things I should be doing is getting very long, or the one task ahead of me seems like it is too big to ever complete.... At those times, it's helpful to break apart an activity into smaller steps, and just get started on one step. Complete that step, enjoy the feeling of accomplishment, and then get started on the next small step. The small steps can even be on different days, but the small step that is doable in one day lets you feel like "Today, I made progress toward my ultimate goal...and that is enough to feel good about."

November 16th, 2016 3:48am

You keep putting one foot in front of the other and think about the good things you have in life. Exploring new activities and hobbies is also a good way, find something that you can become passionate or driven about and turn that into a force to charge up your life again~

December 2nd, 2016 1:16am

I usually find myself releasing stress and frustration in my art journal. It helps me to scribble and scribe to my heart's content, and i usually end up feeling more motivated.

December 18th, 2016 3:02pm

Find another! There's always a reason to live and fight. Something will calm you down, something will interest you and intrigue Something will just look beautiful and you would like to learn how to do it. Life can be tough, but there's blessings too. We are stuck in our shells, but crack 'em. In pours a rainbow!

January 6th, 2017 1:16pm

I know what you are feeling, and sometimes it is so hard to keep going, but the important thing is that you can keep going, and that you are not alone in this. We can talk and you can get some professional help as well.

January 8th, 2017 8:50am

Do you think you may just be burnt out? If you have been pushing yourself too hard in your profession/work, it would likely help to take a break and relax from the everyday pressures that you face. Sometimes, we just need to give ourselves the small break that we deserve.. By break, I don't mean that you should completely drop your responsibilities, your job, or your schoolwork for a long period of time, but being easier on yourself will help to relieve some of the pressure that is leading you to experience burnout. You cannot be perfect one hundred percent of the time; you're only human! If you are not experiencing any sort of burnout, then it could just be that you have not yet found the thing that motivates you and that's completely normal, too! It takes time for us to discover the one thing that makes us tick. Perhaps, it would help to check out new hobbies or organizations that may be of any interest to you and that you have not yet considered. Also, setting new goals can really help you to get out of a rut. For example, I have been a competitive runner for a few year now. After going through a period where I was not completely enjoying running as much (which happens more often than not), I decided to sign up for a marathon which let's just say was completely outside of my comfort zone. Rather than being fazed by the daunting goal that I had set out for myself, I felt much more motivated to tackle this opportunity. It was quite a different experience, and one that I very much needed personally. Perhaps you could benefit from doing something similar, whether in your current profession, university, or a hobby that you were once serious about.

January 8th, 2017 5:27pm

Remember why you started. Set yourself small, manageable goals, maybe give yourself incentives or get a friend to help motivate you. Make sure you are taking care of your wellbeing by drinking enough water, eating a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly, take time out for yourself to boost your mood :)

January 18th, 2017 5:10am

Evaluate what your personal interests are and go by that. That will help you learn more about yourself and what truly interests you in a passionate kind of way or drives you to the success that you desire.

January 25th, 2017 2:07pm

Ask yourself if you have an objective or a goal. Sometimes, if you have no drive or passion or motivation to do something, that probably means that you don't have something to be passionate or motivated for. Ask yourself: "What's my purpose?"

January 25th, 2017 3:13pm

We all have our low moments, no motivation and just nothing to want to do. Those are normal and they can vary depending on the person and really whatever is going on in their life. Things will get better, you're just at a platuo of things right now. But this can help you work on yourself more. Take care of your body, start eating healthier, clean your face more frequent, workout. This all might boost you and give you things to be motivated all over again.

January 29th, 2017 4:33am

I try to remember that the mood to do nothing is still an emotional response... it is just that a mood, and just like I wouldn't let myself do whatever I wanted in anger or sadness, I need to not let this mood dictate everything about what I do either. Some ideas to help.. a lot of times this is biological for me. I was shocked during one of these spells to find out that I had anemia. Other physical causes can be low thyroid or other problems that are biological but not brain-based. Something I found helpful to do when I would have no gumption and it seemed like inertia had me was to write down the minimum of what I had to do during that day and then a list of possible activities. I would roll a role-playing dice to make it like a game and select activites on the list based on the roll. If I didn't like any of the activities, then I knew it was my mood and would do the last one rolled. Momentum and drive can actually be the result of doing something you know you should/need to/ normally would want to do. If these feelings persist you may benefit from a therapist or even a medication, because lack of interest in daily activities and things one would normally have an interest in is a symptom of clinical depression sometimes.

February 4th, 2017 11:05pm

I, personally try and think of ways to re organise myself and do things I really love! It can really help and be a boost!

February 9th, 2017 9:53pm

What I've learned from experience the best thing to do is to try out new things. New experiences, meeting new people, trying out new things, new music, new food, new clothes, anything. Without any fear :)

February 25th, 2017 6:00pm

Don't allow yourself to tear yourself down. Remember that you're going through a journey there will always be ups and downs

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February 8th, 2018 5:46pm

Turning on a good playlist and writing a list with things that need to be done and things that are somehow rewarding, like having a cup of coffee. Then, I start with whatever feels most manageable. Once I started and checked something off the list the next thing doesn't seem so bad.

February 8th, 2018 12:25pm

Find a purpose. Find a hobby. Anything to reignite that passion. There are plenty of people who need help or pepel who Ould benefit from a service you could provide.

February 7th, 2018 6:28pm

When I have no passion or drive, I force myself to walk around for at least 5 minutes. I then try to think of a warm sunrise. Finally, I do the dishes, or anything I know I'm capable of doing.

February 4th, 2018 1:43am

Baby steps. Find something small that you can succeed it. Today might be getting out of bed, tomorrow might be going for a walk.

February 1st, 2018 8:41am

Look for that thing that drives you. Oftentimes, we are just fixated on the wrong thing, and it blinds us from what we are truly passionate about. At times the fixation also stems from allowing people to define what we should be doing.

January 13th, 2018 7:46am

get involved with people who are passionate, let them tell you what, how, or why they do what they do

January 8th, 2018 10:19am

When I don’t have passion or drive, I take time to myself to do self care and reflect. I set mini obtainable goals and then try my best to surround my self with positive people who make me feel like I have a purpose.

January 5th, 2018 8:40pm

Invest time in recording your talents, hobbies, skills etc. Then track how many of them have you used so far to achieve something in life. You will find your next goal in life.

January 3rd, 2018 2:10am

Instead of forcing yourself to work on something you're lacking passion or drive for, take a break. Do something you'll always love, spend time with loved ones, eat a yummy snack, distract yourself!

December 14th, 2017 4:27pm

I try to keep my expectations in check. There are ups and downs in this journey, and just because today is particularly bad, I won't let it spoil tomorrow. It gets better.

December 13th, 2017 7:31pm

I usually try to give myself some time off since that is often caused by overload. Then I try something new. I just start even if I don't feel like it and in time I tend to feel better.

December 7th, 2017 3:04pm

It's said that you can put the cart in front of the wheels. Basically, you just keep your head down, elbows up, just do it, do something. Small but positive feedback from your action might help provide the "drive". Another way would be to do things you truely enjoy and good at.

December 6th, 2017 8:09am

I start to think a lot. Of the things in life and what am I doing with it. Am I what I have dreamt to be when I was young?

December 6th, 2017 3:21am

We don't need a 'passion' or 'drive' to work our way through anything. What if we were brought up with lies? All along? I think if we can be grateful for what life has brought. The suffering for shaping who we are and pain for allowing us to 'feel' things and the good times for building memories; is there really a 'need' for adrenaline to work through? We can sure be lazy and allow us to be that. Isn't it time we got away from the ideas that the world keep shaping us into? We can be real rather than be someone else's idea of 'perfect'.

November 25th, 2017 2:21am

Whenever I feel like I have no passion or drive to move forward, I try to remember all I've managed to accomplish in my life so far. Little or big achievements, it doesn't matter. If I've done it before, I know I can do it again.

November 23rd, 2017 2:36pm

when i have no passion or drive i remember one of the reasons i have continued with my path of recovery and that is because im worth it and because i can see a better day coming

November 22nd, 2017 2:22am

We're human beings. I like to say that I'm not allergic to anything but maybe I haven't explored/seen/touched something I am allergic to. The world is vast. Find it. Make "finding passion/drive" your passion/drive

November 17th, 2017 2:40pm

When I have no passion or drive, and that is often, firstly I check am I simply tired or sleepy, or under some stress. In other cases I remind myself what are my goals, values, my good sides, and how can I be useful. Also, I remind myself of things I like to do, hobbies, plans to learn something new or improve old knowledge and skill. It mostly helps.

November 15th, 2017 6:50pm

I walk. I put on some kind of thought provoking or just awesome piece of music, and immerse myself in walking. Sometimes I take a camera, or a notepad and pen, but sometimes it's best to let your mind wander. There's this saying, that 'bored is good' it means that when you're bored, and you let your mind wander, that's when you figure out what you really want to do.

November 11th, 2017 5:13pm

I try and focus on talking to people on 7cups. It helps me see there are people in far worse situations than myself and by listening to them, it gives me the motivation (aka 'drive') that i need.

November 9th, 2017 10:06am

This could be due to several reasons. The first step is to realise you have lost your passion or drive, which it sounds like you have. The next step is to seek help - which takes a lot of courage to do and you have done that so well done! Next I would try and figure why you have lost your passion or drive. If you want to discuss how you are feeling and talk through your situation, our friendly active listeners will be willing to have a chat with you!

October 19th, 2017 10:21am

I read the word and pray so much and then take a very long nap. On other days I look at all the work I have done before just to give me a boost.

September 29th, 2017 7:55pm

Just keep going and keep searching. An old lady told me she found her drive when she was 60. She add that it was necessary to live all the previous chapters of her life to discover it. That made me think maybe there's no need to worry about finding it as soon as possible but live the process and be always opened to learn and improve to get closer.

August 19th, 2017 2:28pm

This can be due to several reasons. One very common is the hormonal changes during menopause. Also stress, depression, certain medicines. We can seek professional advice or just let it be. But this is something that both partners must work together. Love and care are the best medicines

August 11th, 2017 9:25pm

This is a difficult question to answer . You need something positve to focus on or look forward. Do something you enjoy , that makes you smile you may then become passionate about it

August 10th, 2017 6:54pm

Go and do something you love, baking, sleeping, whatever it happens to be. Just relax for a day and kick but again the next day. Don't force yourself to anything when you have no passion. To do something without passion is like doing nothing at all.

July 15th, 2017 12:13pm

When you feel this way just take a day off, lay in bed for a bit and watch TV or read a book. Something the requires little effort. Then the next day try a do something more, like take a walk or go out with a friend

July 13th, 2017 10:53am

When I have no passion or drive, I tend to try to motivate myself with things that I like, for example, when in school, I try to tell myself that once I get back home, I'll be able to do what I like.

July 3rd, 2017 5:52am

Find somebody you trust(family member, friend) to give you an extra push when you need it. When you can't get out of bed, you need somebody next to you to remind you of your worth, and strike compassion within you.

July 1st, 2017 11:49am

If it's a case of burnout, then indulging in hobbies that genuinely re-energize you would be incredibly helpful. But if you are yet to find what you're passionate about, then you've got a ton of exploring/introspecting to do. Good luck !