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The 100 Percent Rule That Makes Life a Lot Easier

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100 Percent Commitment

100 Percent Commitment

Clear-cut, zero-tolerance decisions and self-commitments are better than having to decide every time, or committing conditionally.

A 100 percent decision is better than a conditional decision, which can lead to decision fatigue and waste your limited willpower.

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Loose Commitment And Decision Fatigue

If you are only 90 percent committed to your goal (like following a certain diet, for example) you have to ask yourself and test your commitment multiple times a day.

You end up unable to predict your behaviour, and any future outcomes. By having a loose commitment setting in your mind, you are bound to deal with decision fatigue and see yourself repeatedly fail, lowering your confidence.

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Setting In Stone Future Behavior

When the commitment is 100 percent, your future behaviour is already set in stone, with no back-and-forth struggle and revisiting of the decision-making condition.

When your best friend offers you a Coke, you know very well that the decision to not have anything like that is already made, and it is easy to say no.

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Michael Jordan

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Robert Brault

“We are kept from our goal not by our obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal."

Robert Brault

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Expectancy Theory

It states that motivation requires simplicity and clarity.

Any complex flow chart or decision matrix decreases your chances of success. A clear outcome and resultant progress also improve your confidence.

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Two Strategies For Decision Making

  1. Implementation Intentions: A pre-planned, pre-configured response, that is automatically coming when you are triggered or coaxed into doing something that you don’t want to.
  2. Future Self Concept: Asking your future self the same decision that is put on you, instead of answering it with your current self.

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