Classic Camp’s last post is very true.
I used to have the same problem you had until I realized that everyone needs to be motivated for every action they do. As for the outlines, I think of an idea or concept and think about how they concept is usually played out in real life. Then I decide on two entities, not characters to act this out. I sit down, write out an extremely thin outline. Just a paragraph of what happens, why it happens and what everyone learns from it. Then I start on the story. And things morph from there, but at least my original idea is preserved and in some cases, even improved upon. You can never underestimate the value of an early synopsis before sitting down to write a story.