Ep047: When Motivation is Lacking

No motivation to act

Too many times I hear people talk about things they want to accomplish (eating healthier, exercising regularly, journaling daily, paying off debt, etc.) but they are waiting for that burst of motivation to propel them forward.

In this week’s episode, I talk about motivation, why we need to break free of that mindset trap, and how to move forward even when motivation is lacking.



If you would like to improve one or more aspects of your health (spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, financial, or relationships), but are waiting to feel a strong pull of motivation, I encourage you — No. I challenge you! — to participate in my FREE 10-day Healthier Habits Starter Program.

You CAN start living a healthier life today! BUT, you have to stop thinking about it, and start doing it.


Show notes:

Download your free handout – Tips for When Motivation is Lacking

Relevant podcast episode: Ep017: Willpower, Discipline, and Habit

Here are a few links from my “research” on motivation:

The Myth of Motivation by Rubin Khoddam

The Myth of Motivation by Carmen Isais

7 Great Ways to Overcome Loss of Motivation by Shawn Lim

Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump by Leo Babauta


Ep046: One Solution to Dealing with Toxic Environments

Have you experienced the stress and struggle of living or working in a toxic environment? It’s tough, isn’t it?

For a variety of reasons you stay in that situation, even when you know it is time to end that personal or professional relationship. Many of us have done it. I’ve done it.

For me, there were two main reasons why I stayed in what I considered a toxic work environment.

The first reason I stayed was people focused: I knew I was serving the needs of my team. I knew I was making the workplace better for them. I knew I was resolving process problems that could impact the quality of our product. And when you make a product that peoples’ lives literally depend upon, that last factor is key.

The second reason I stayed was money focused: I had a goal to pay off my mortgage by October 2018. I was making aggressive extra principle payments. My 15-year mortgage would be paid off in just over 8 years if I stayed on track.

But finally, $15,000 shy of paying off my mortgage, the imaginary toxicity detector I wore to work each day started buzzing more loudly. Soon the noise became too distracting. It was all I could focus on.

In this week’s episode, I share the final warning signs and what I did to silence them.



If you experience a toxic environment in your personal or professional life, please listen to the flashing warning lights or shrill-sounding alarms. Your health and your happiness depend upon you recognizing these situations and relationships AND reducing your exposure to them. Today may be the day that you can start the process to free yourself from that poisonous situation.

This is your life to live. Make it a healthy and happy one!


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Ep045: Update Your Sub-conscious Software

Just like our favorite technology gadgets, our brains are pre-programmed with coding that affects how we operate. Some of our coding is poorly written. It’s out-dated and doesn’t serve our needs or our desires.

What that means is that we may need to update our software!

This week’s episode was inspired by an interview with Julie Ann Cairns, author of The Abundance Code: How to Bust the 7 Money Myths for a Rich Life Now. In it, I share thoughts on updating our sub-conscious programming so that we can stop sabotaging our efforts for success. I also talk about limiting beliefs and where they may come from.

Be aware, though, that what I spoke about may NOT reflect what Julie Ann Cairns covers in her book. I only started reading it the evening before I recorded this episode, so most of the thoughts are mine. Hopefully they are not too far off from what she has to share. 🙂

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Ep044: Common Excuses for Not Pursuing Your Dreams

You have a vision for your future… things you’d like to accomplish or experience. You sit in your cozy chair, pull a soft, warm blanket over you, and just imagine…

You imagine what your life would look like… how you would feel… how you would act in this dream setting.

You sit. And you sit. And you sit.

Two weeks later, you are still sitting. Seven months later, you are still dreaming from your comfortable, protected place in the world. And a decade later, you barely recall the excitement you felt when envisioning that life for yourself.

In this week’s episode of Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling, I share four common excuses I’ve made for not pursuing my dreams. If any of these resonate with you, you might be selling your opportunity to achieve a feeling of purposeful achievement short.



So, what’d you think? Have you been trapped by any of those excuses? Share in the comments some of your biggest potential opportunities missed because you made excuses for not pursuing them.


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Ep043: Healthier Habits Starter Program – Debrief

In Episode 39, I shared my fears about a new program I would be offering to my audience. The program is called The Healthier Habits Starter Program. It is a 10-Day program to help people start adding one healthier habit to their daily routine. (To learn more or participate in this free program… visit www.donnadoyon.com/habits)

I had many doubts and fears about launching this program. The greatest fear was based on my insecurity about my own ability to attract people to attend. I was afraid I’d create this program (which I think is wonderful), but no one would participate.

Those doubts and fears tried their darnedest to keep me in my safe little bubble of dreams, protected from the possible cruelty of reality.

In this week’s episode of Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling, I share what I learned during this roller coaster ride of emotional turmoil, demands upon my time, and dealing with tricky technology.

My head was spinning, my stomach was lurching, and my fists were clenched in terror.

One thing I know for certain… the person who finished the ride, was not the same person who climbed aboard that roller coaster.



Show Notes:
Mentioned in today’s episode:

The Healthier Habits Starter Program

Episode 40: Facing Fear with the Power of Your Passion
Episode 41: Have You Thought About Your Health Lately?
Episode 42: Recharging Your Spirit


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