Have you ever had this feeling: you got up in the morning, lazily started the day,  making tea or coffee with difficulty, wanted nothing, could not work, but then reminded yourself of something important and immediately began to work. And how? With passion and renewed energy! In one case or another, this is typical for everyone – we are able to motivate ourselves when it is necessary. There is only one problem: we must always remember about this.

As a rule, five killers of motivation show themselves in the morning. If you do not pay attention to them, you may have a lack of motivation. Another problem with motivation is that if you are the most motivated person in the world today, most likely, the next day there will be no trace of it. You need to learn how to cause this state in yourself – consciously, several times a day.

Here in Sigma Group of Institutes we pay attention to five killers of motivation, so that we could avoid them and always be motivated in our work. Each of them acts imperceptibly, so it is important to notice their appearance and make efforts to eliminate them.


Gratitude reveals the fullness of life. It turns mistake into victory, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.

When you are surrounded by ingratitude, it becomes more difficult for you to focus on the goal and be inspired. This mood is killing motivation.

Every morning we have to make a list of things we are grateful for – this is the most powerful thing that can be done to make life better.

Here are the lists you can create:
  • Things we’re grateful for.
  • Things that surround you at this moment in a particular place, for which you are grateful.
  • Create a list of the bad things that have happened to you and find ten positive sides in each of them.
  • Write a thank-you note or message to someone.


When you get jealous, you’re blind to everything you have, or you think it’s useless. Envy focuses our attention on what we don’t have. It’s a desire to take something from another person. There is no creative impulse, no morality in this worldview. And, of course, there is no motivation.

It is very important to notice when you feel envy. It may even be the subconscious pleasure you experience when the other person fails. As soon as you notice that, talk to yourself. Why are you happy about this? Remember that when we envy someone, we do not want to motivate ourselves to become better. We just want to get something without making an effort.


Some people consider impatience as a virtue. But if you are impatient, emotional burnout is just around the corner. If you are impatient, you will not find the time needed to do something worthwhile. It’s a very insidious thing.

By its emotional nature, impatience is an intention to bring the desired future. Remember that you will not make the tree grow faster if you water it more.

Yes, you can learn faster, work faster, but you need to do it wisely. However, there are some processes that can not be accelerated and it is necessary to distinguish the first from the second.

How to cope with impatience? You need a road map – so you can see where you are going and enjoy the place where you are now. You need to focus on the present moment: so you will not want to bring the future, because you will be focused enough on what is happening here and now. Finally, focus on the process, not the result.


Frustration occurs when we have too much to do and too less time. It kills the motivation to do something and the person simply decides not to do anything. Can this be avoided?

There are three strategies to do this:
  • Drop tasks that are not too important or urgent.
  • Organize important tasks.
  • Do the task not too perfectly and save time.

Lack of activity

More time you spend without activity, harder it is to get to work in the end. It is convenient to get ideas and think about them for a long time, and then talk about them endlessly to others, but then you lose the motivation to make them a reality.

Remember that activity is everything. Thinking before doing is good, but sometimes you need to learn in the process.

Don`t stop. Remember that once you stop, it will be difficult for you to get to work again. We tend to stay in the current situation, if it suits us, as long as possible. If you have taken up the difficult work, do it to the end, do not fool yourself that you will go back to this work in a few days again.

Good luck!