Have you got poor motivation? Does it affect your day to day life? Do you need help figuring out your life direction? Here is some useful information you will find helpful.


What is Poor Motivation?

Motivation and enthusiasm manifest as desire and interest, and as a driving force that pushes you to take action and pursue goals. However, it often happens that you have the desire and interest, but you lack the motivation. This is a frustrating situation, since you want to do a certain thing, but cannot get enough inner strength and motivation to act.

There are many reasons for the lack of motivation. It could be due to a weak desire, laziness or shyness, and it could be due lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. In some cases, the reason is a physical or mental problem, which requires professional help.

You cannot blame other people if you lack the enthusiasm to act follow goals. You need to find a way to motivate yourself. Lack of motivation and enthusiasm can show up everywhere, at home, at work, in relationships, in pursuing goals and in everything else. This often, creates indifference, unhappiness and dissatisfaction.

Reasons for Lack of Motivation and Enthusiasm:

  • Lack of faith in one’s abilities.
  • Fear of failure, due to failure in the past.www-theaoc-org-uk_empower-training-course-4
  • Fear of what others might say.
  • The habit of procrastination.
  • The feeling or belief that there are other more important things to do.
  • Being too stressed or nervous.
  • Absence of enough stimuli or incentives.

The above mentioned reasons stifle motivation and enthusiasm, and are only excuses for not acting. However, you learn to overcome and disregard them, by becoming aware of them, acknowledging them, and understanding that you can change the programming of your mind.

Sometimes, there are short bursts of motivation or enthusiasm. You start acting enthusiastically, but lose interest and motivation after a while, because you find it hard to sustain motivation or enthusiasm.

Procrastination, laziness, indifference and passivity cause unhappiness, weakness and lack of satisfaction, but being enthusiastic, motivated and active bring a sense of joy, strength and power. By getting motivated, you act, do things, take your mind off problems and difficulties and focus on finding solutions and achieving success.

Who Does It Effect?

Poor motivation can affect any person at any stage in their life. It does not matter what gender, ethnicity or religion you are, we can all suffer from poor motivation. It may be a child in primary or secondary school who is struggling to get motivated for class work or upcoming exams. It could be a young adult in college or university bit motivated enough to complete assignments etc. Many adults also have poor motivation in the work place, they struggle to get up to work and put in a big shift.

Motivation does not only affect us when doing work studies, people also struggle to motivate themselves to exercise, clean and much more. Poor motivation can affect us on a very wide scale of different reasons. Poor motivation mainly stems from a lack of interest i.e. in their current job or class at school.

Many people are also motivated by different things. A prime example is money. A lot of people are motivated by money, that’s why we all work in order to give ourselves a better life. So if someone in the work place had poor motivation, it could be down to the wage they were earning more so than the job itself.

Facts & Statistics

  • 70% of workers in the UK are not engaged at work.
  • Studies by Forbes shown that 87% of highly engaged employees were less likely to leave their job.

The survey asked 500 UK office workers between the ages of 18 and 65 to rate on a scale of 1-10 how motivated and energised they felt during the working week, one being the least and 10 the most. The survey showed that nearly half of respondents rated their energy and motivation below five.

Interestingly, men felt more motivated at work than their female counterparts, with an average score of 5.7 versus 4.8. The most productive region in the UK is Northern Ireland with respondents answering an average of 6.2, while the least motivated region is North West England with an average score of 4.3.

Younger workers – between 18 and 24 years old – were the least motivated age group, while people aged between 35 and 44 were the most motivated, with an average score of 5.9.

Peter Sullivan-Stark, head of marketing at Eden Kafevend, comments, “Our survey paints a worrying picture and it is concerning to think the impact low motivation could be having on productivity levels. We have all heard about the impact that sickness absence has on business – according to the Office for National Statistics, 131 million days were lost in the UK in 2013 due to illness. One can only wonder what low energy is costing businesses today.”

Eden’s research is one of a number of reports into productivity and motivation in the workplace. Back in 2013, Bupa ran a similar report which surveyed 5,000 UK workers. With combined economic analysis from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), the survey showed that employer’s failure to unlock employees’ ‘discretionary effort’ is costing UK businesses billions. In fact, a lack of motivation and sub-optimal health cut a potential £6 billion from the economy in 2012, which is equivalent to 0.4% of GDP.

Bupa’s survey pointed out that almost half of UK employees have admitted to not going above and beyond at work because they think that they won’t be acknowledged (46%) or rewarded (47%). Just as alarmingly for businesses, less than one in ten (7%) employees say they are working to their full potential, and more than a quarter of workers (27%) rate their current level of productivity as five or below (on a scale of 1-10). One in four staff admit they don’t want to win new business as it will only mean more work for them and over a third of teams are experiencing extra stress and pressure due to staff ill health and absences.

Demotivated and disengaged staff can have a massive impact on a business’ performance and employee productivity levels. If businesses want to grow and be successful, then they need to find ways to tap into and harness their employees’ discretionary effort.

Luckily there is plenty of support and resources for businesses looking to improve workplace motivation and productivity. Eden Springs have published their own guide to workplace motivation.

The guide demonstrates the importance of creating an ‘open and flexible workspace’ to improve communication between employees, managers taking more time to ensure their employees have a better work-life balance, setting realistic workloads to ensure enough time and resources are allocated to projects, encouraging employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle and investing in more staff training to improve skills and productivity.

The Federation of Small Business, Institute of Directors and local Chambers of Commerce are also worth contacting for support and guidance as well as providing networks with other businesses who may be under-going similar challenges.


Examples of People with Poor Motivation


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“The World is a Big Mirror”



“The Other Side of the Wall”



“The Secret to Keep Winning in Life”


All the above stories were shared from – www.pravsworld.com


How Can it be Treated?

The AOC can help you if you have poor motivation. We are HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) registered and also members of BACP (The British Association of Dramatherapists). We have a team of highly skilled, professional counsellors and associate therapists to help you through with the use of creative art therapies.

 Creative art therapies involve using arts in a therapeutic environment with a trained therapist. You do not need to have any artistic skill or previous experience of dance, drama, music or visual art to find arts therapies helpful. The aim isn’t to produce a great work of art, but to use what you create to understand yourself better. In arts therapy, your therapist helps you to create something — such as a piece of music, a drawing, a play or a dance routine — as a way of expressing your feelings, often without using words.

 Creative art therapies can be offered in group sessions, one-to-one or with family therapy depending on your own preference. We will match you to our best suited therapist/counsellor to help you with any of your issues. All our counselling is strictly confidential and nothing said in the therapy space will leave the room.

 There are many different modalities in which creative arts can be offered to you ranging from the following;

Offers profound reflection on who we are and the roles we play. These art forms are also centrally concerned with how people change people, for better or worse, and the sort of connections they make with each other, e.g. superficial, conflictual, brutal, deadened or deeply enriching. Drama and puppetry can also offer vital insights into ‘situation’: how past situations are still colouring those in the present. Working with puppets is ideal for circumventing a reluctance to speak about feelings.

Sculpture offers a person the power to speak through touch. Its power lies more in the emotional resonance of substance. Sculpture invites a sensual engagement with the world. Clay expresses qualities and forms of feeling, directly, plainly, free of the clutter of any associations of the everyday.

Literal words can misrepresent, underplay, hide rather than reveal and frequently offering only approximations to any recalled experience. In poetry as a multi-sensorial form, ‘amplifies the music of what happens’ (Seamus Heaney). ‘A poetic basis of mind’ (Hillman) can lead to a far more profound experience of life.

Clients choose from a whole world of miniature people, animals and buildings and arrange them in the controlled space of the ‘theatre of the sandbox’. This theatre then offers a profound overview of important life issues. Once feelings are organised and externalised in sandplay, they can be contemplated from a distance, and then assimilated.

The dynamic forms in music are recognisable as vital forms of felt life: the rises and falls, the surges and flooding’s, the tensions and intensities, the changes in tempo, the dissonances, harmonies and resolutions. We know these forms intimately in our emotional experiencing. Music can convey the full qualitative and energetic aspects of an important relationship, atmosphere crucial event, or ongoing situation.

Forms encapture the complex inter-relations between time, weight, space, flow. We know these forms intimately in our emotional experiencing, so much so that both movement and still pose can provoke all manner of resonance. It is also possible to work with what the body is already communicating symbolically, whether through posture, gesture and gait, or through illness and injury. Movement is integral to the very process of change.



If you would like to receive counselling from The AOC please fill out on of our online referral forms and send to support@theaoc.org.uk You will have a choice of 3 different types of referral forms;

  1. For individuals or couples
  2. Family referral form
  3. Group referral form

Please select the referral form most suited to you i.e. if you would like group therapy, fill out the group referral form.

Simply click the following link to find out more information and complete one of our referral forms:


We provide our clients with high-quality, evidence based expertise in the form of personal therapy and counselling. To help anyone suffering with any type of eating disorder.

Here is an example of a creative art therapy from The AOC in more detail;


Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy/psychotherapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapy addresses a wide range of personal and emotional difficulties. Clients who are referred to a dramatherapist do not need to have previous experience or skill in acting, theatre or drama. Dramatherapists are trained to enable clients to find the most suitable medium for them to engage in group or individual therapy to address and resolve, or make troubling issues more bearable. Dramatherapists work in a wide variety of settings with people of all ages:

  • in schools
  • in mental health
  • in general health and social care settings
  • in prisons
  • in hospices
  • in the voluntary sector
  • in private practice

Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre, drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes.  The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; stories, myths, play-texts, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a dramatherapist may employ.  These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through a creative-expressive approach. Dramatherapists are trained in both psychological and arts-specific assessment and evaluation techniques. They are committed to generating practice-based evidence and deliver sound evidence-based practice.

The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)


We can also offer our clients integrative counselling;

Integrative Counselling

Integrative therapy, or integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. 

Integrative counselling maintains the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood – no one theory holds the answer. All theories are considered to have value, even if their foundational principles contradict each other – hence the need to integrate them. 

The integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person’s personality and needs – integrating the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological systems within one person, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects. Essentially, integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works – tailoring therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy.

Top Health Tips

  1. Communicate with others – Speak loud and proudly.
  2. Accept compliments – Say thank you and smile.
  3. Act the person you would like to be – Play the role for long enough and you will become that person.
  4. Take up a new hobby or interest – Meeting new people who share this hobby or interest with you. Practise the hobby become good and be proud.
  5. Do things for others – Help someone out, it makes us feel better about ourselves.
  6. Learn Mindfulness – Follow the link for more information.
  7. Contact us – The AOC can help your overcome and put a stop to the sexual abuse you may be experiencing/experienced. Call or email us: 01384 211 168 / support@theaoc.org.uk