In today’s modern world apathy is becoming increasingly prevalent. We are constantly and consistently bombarded with all sorts of bad news, leaving many of us with a feeling of indifference and the thinking, “I can’t make a difference” or “I can’t change anything, I am just one person.” Thoughts like these, and others, are causing more and more people to avoid becoming involved with the world around them and preventing them from pursuing their goals.

Definitively, apathy is a lack of interest or concern. At the deepest level, an apathetic person possesses a lack of emotion and feeling, which causes them to withdraw from life and even from loved ones. Apathy, in most cases is the result of perpetual frustration and a consistent sense of powerlessness over one’s environment and life.

Apathy is about attitude toward the unfortunate events that take place around us daily. Apathy is actually an attitude of defeat, whereas action, which will motivate, is an attitude of success. The good news is that no-one has to live in apathy. The first thing you must do is, change your attitude about how you mentally process any one of the many unfortunate events going on in the world around us or in your life.

My friend recently learned that another company was purchasing the company she was working for. This purchase meant that some employees, to include her, lose their jobs. Of course this kind of news can have a shattering effect upon one’s security. But rather than her becoming apathetic, in the sense of frustration and powerlessness, she was motivated to take action, specifically, to begin looking for another company to work for. What was the end result? She found a better job making more money and for a company with a history of stability. By the way, she was never to have been fired the former company. The point is this: my friend took this unfavorable and threatening event and turned it into an opportunity. She took action and it paid off!

Anyone can turn apathy into motivation. Converting apathy into motivation only requires that you take some type of action in some part of your life or the life of another, whatever that might be. For example, if the starving children in the world cause you frustration and give you a sense of powerlessness you can take action against this to avoid becoming apathetic and use it as a source of motivation. Even if it’s as simple as sending one child a letter of encouragement, you have taken a step that will certainly inspire motivation, not to forget maybe even making a friend.

As you might see, the key element in turning apathy into motivation is the taking of action and the taking of action is a conscious decision, whereas apathy is passive. You must decide between taking action on something that frustrates and makes you feel powerless or just sitting back and complaining about how bad things are. Complaining about how bad things are and not taking action is part of apathy.

If you have a history of apathy the change to becoming motivated may not be easy. But by starting to take action on the little things in your environment and in your life, you will quickly see and feel the motivation rise within you, moving you into accomplishing bigger goals.

Author's Bio: 

Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently produced a very popular free report that reveals how to crush procrastination and sustain lasting motivation. Apply now because it is available for a limited time only at: