Its a very personal thing, this motivation business, after all every one has a different source for their inspiration. Sometimes it can seem like an eternal quest, grasping at the unobtainable to fuel desires of the spirit. The more fuel on the fire, the brighter the flame burns.
Creative individuals tend to be more aware of what drives and inspires them to become masters of their inspiration, to channel it into fulfilling their potential. I find routine can be the structure with which to focus efforts towards your aims.
A paralysis from the lack of motivation can be overwhelming; plodding around stuck in your own head with great ideas, yet no ability to put one foot in front of the other. Its vital to note one thing in this situation: you are not alone.
Maybe the car won't start, the boiler starts to spew water or you've just had one of those to hell with everything days. Being creative is the farthest thing from your mind.
'Pick yourself up and pull yourself together' are not words of help, they are words of incredible destructive force; the last thing you need when you're struggling to motivate yourself is someone questioning why you can't and everyone else can.
Unfortunately, being people and not machines, we can't actually run forever on an unlimited battery. We need to mentally recharge just as much as we need to sleep after a long day, looking after your mental health is just as important to help you face the challenges that life likes to throw at us.
Effort is quoted as 'drive x habit x incentive'. Remove one element and the rest falls flat on its face. As such, finding your muse is important to everyone, creative or not. Knowing your raison d'etre will make you a better person, better armed to deal with life, the universe and everything. Try to find out what makes you tick.
Personally, I go for long walks and exercise a lot. I can't write unless I've been physically active so I can't just roll out of bed and write. Going back to routine, I run the same route and cycle to the same places; it's a comfort zone thing.
Right, down to business. Pick a goal, any goal: big, small, long term, short term. Got one? Good, now make a plan. Personally, I'm a list maker. I clear all the ideas out of my head and onto paper and it lets me look at the problem with clearer perspective. It doesn't necessarily make it easier to achieve, but makes the road map a little clearer for you.
Go on, seize the day and achieve what you want to achieve. There is no such thing as failure, there is no such thing as fear, there is only persistence, talent and ambition. And, as every competitive person knows, hard work beats talent.
Change is good, embrace it. On that note I'll leave you with an appropriate proverb;
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.