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Motivation Vs.Self-Sabotage

Motivation Vs. Self Sabotage

Is the real reason you can’t seem to finish anything because you lack motivation? Or is it because your subconscious is sabotaging you!

Motivation is simply a process that guides any goal-oriented behavior. You’re thirsty, so you drink a glass of water. You crave some social interaction, so you see what’s happening on FB.

Did you know it’s actually easier to achieve disappointment than it is to seek fulfillment? Your logical side of your brain thinks that what you’re doing is great, but it is forever battling your subconscious. You can become very good at having a disappointing life.

It’s the fault of a tiny area in the brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is part of your subconscious mind that controls emotions, survival instincts, and memory. It can make decisions for you and encourage traits that make it hard for you to finish such as procrastination, while ingraining bad habits that make you feel better.

Your subconscious doesn’t necessarily want your life to suck. It’s actually looking for self-preservation. It views change as the great unknown and therefore must be feared. Most of the time, your subconscious gets it view of the world based on your childhood.

To get around this, you first need to notice when you’re being sabotaged by the following traits:

  1. Instead, try breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable goals.
  2. Engaging in negative thinking. Instead, be kind to yourself. Talk to yourself the same way you would talk to a friend. Change the narrative to I can and I will rather than it’s just not working for me.
  3. Looking for perfection to start something. Realize perfection doesn’t exist.

Most of our bad habits come from feelings of self-worth. We don’t deserve this. You feel inadequate, then your subconscious comes along and pats you on the back and tells you not to worry, we’ll just stay the way we are.

Mary is a business, wellness, and safety strategist who specializes in the pet industry. She has contributed to the professional pet industry as a consultant, speaker, writer, and progressive leader.

You can contact Mary by dropping a message or email her at

Sometimes we need to look at how we’re trying to get things accomplished. Try a different approach, get a different perspective and insight on the situation.

Real change starts with small steps. Once you see where your subconscious is “trying to help” you, you can make the changes you need to make a difference in your life.



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