Why You Shouldn’t Wait For Motivation and Do This Instead

March 17, 2024

David Burns reveals motivation follows action, not the other way around in his book, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.

“Motivation does not come first, action does!

You have to prime the pump. then you will begin to get motivated, and the fluids will flow spontaneously.

Individuals who procrastinate frequently confuse motivation and action.

You foolishly wait until you feel in the mood to do something. Since you don’t feel like doing it, you automatically put it off.

Your error is your belief that motivation comes first, and then leads to activation and success. But it is usually the other way around; action must come first, and the motivation comes later on.”

– David D. Burns, Author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

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