11/03/2011 09:13 am ET Updated Jan 03, 2012

5 Ways to Regain Motivation

If you are like a lot of people, you know that there are things that you should be doing, but can't seem to get yourself motivated to do them. Whether it's exercise, dieting, getting work done, cleaning up your home or getting in contact with people you know, you simply can't seem to make it happen. This "lack of motivation" can get you depressed, as you feel you aren't getting things done, you can't lose that weight and you lose touch with the people who care for you. Here are five things you can do to regain your motivation.

What's the bottom line? Motivation is not the force that comes before the action -- it is you acting in your interests. Motivation comes after the behavior. And self-esteem is not saying, "I am wonderful because I exist." It's saying, "I take pride in doing what is hard to do."

How To Get Motivated