When it comes to motivation, the way it works for me is what do I want? Once I figure that out how do I go about getting it? I then deconstruct backwards from the large goal to an immediate action I can take to improve my situation toward that goal. For example I don't want to work at a low level job forever. In order to get that goal I have to figure out what I can do to better my situation, get a high level job, or even better work for myself. I need money in order to do this, in order to get money I need skills that people will pay me for, in order to get skills for which people will pay me for I need to be educated, in order to be educated I need to get life experience or go to school. Since it is easier to get life experience after going to school, because you are more likely to get hired, I have decided to go back to school to finish my degree and get some more degrees actually. In order to go back to school, I need to make sure my finances are in order so I can quit my job when I go back without having to worry about money, one of the chief reasons I didn't graduate the first time, in order to get my finances in order I need to be more frugal and make do with less. In order to make do with less I need to be more careful and prioritize what it is I truly need as opposed to what I want. So my steps currently are to get my finances in order and watch what I spend until January when I am enrolled. In the meantime I am going to need to get enough financial aid that I can live without a job for a while and get the loans I have in deferment until I graduate.
That is an example of how my motivation works.