Think of the worst-case scenario - We have all been told that envisioning success is a good motivator. Now how about the exact opposite? Why not envision a future that is bleak, hopeless and stripped of all happiness and success. Why not envision yourself living eternally in a rut where sense of accomplishment and a tiny hope are inexistent?
Few people realize that they already own a one-way ticket towards this very vision. Now what you want to do is to get off your butt and work your way out of the train wreck you are heading towards. Turn your life around and work for a goal. Now, that will reveal your inner drive alright.
Set a date for change and commit to it - Change must come to everyone of us. Sometimes it is forced upon us, sometimes we choose when it will happen. It is always much more preferable to have control over the change rather than let it take us over. If the change you are seeking requires a specific date on the calendar, then set it. Make a huge, red circle around the date and stick to it. Let this serve as a motivator to start doing the things you should have done weeks, months or years ago. Let this chosen date serve as the new beginning of a new chapter in the story called "your life."
Break the routine - When you're doing the same thing every day, sooner or later, the energy that you once had will drain out. No matter how passionate you were with your work, project, or goal when you started out, you will suffer from lack of motivation once your body senses that it's doing the same thing day in, day out.
Don’t be afraid to break the routine once in a while. Quit work for a full day. Stop doing your routine for a week. Take a month-long vacation. Take on a new hobby for a year. These can help energize you and fire up that inner drive you may have lost. And while you're taking your break from your routine, don’t lose faith that you'll be refreshed and filled with energy once you get back to work.
Keep your sights set on your goals - It's totally easy to lose your focus when there's too much distraction around. Life happens, from your kids, your spouse, friends, Emails, Twitter, or Facebook, you will find that one thing or another can pull you off course, and completely derail you away from the task at hand. To prevent losing focus and motivation, constantly remind yourself of your goals and do your very best to shut out whatever it is that's trying to take you away from your end game.