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3 Rituals That Will Make You More Motivated

Motivation and career success

Research shows being motivated predicts career success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.

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3 Rituals That Will Make You More Motivated

3 Rituals That Will Make You More Motivated

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Motivation and career success

Research shows being motivated predicts career success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.

Focus On The Meaning

The things that give us deep happiness are inherently things that take longer and have a big element of meaning in them.

And if the task you have to do doesn’t seem meaningful, try reframing your experience. You might not be able to change what you have to do but you can change how you see it.

Take Ownership

When we feel connected to what we’re doing, when we make something our own, we’re much more motivated.

To turn some task you’re handed at the office into something you feel ownership of, make small tweaks that customize what you have to do, that allow you to do it your way.

The Inside View

What looks dreadful on a to-do list usually isn’t that bad when you’re in the middle of it. Focus on the good feelings in the moment.

Often, when you look at a task, you take the outside view: you forget the emotional component. And so something you may actually enjoy seems like a chore.

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Focus On The Meaning

We find motivation when something is meaningful. Meaning is much bigger than the enjoyment of a moment. It can include something we don't like. Soldiers risk being killed every day to serve their country. New parents handle poop daily for years.

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When a task you have to do doesn't seem meaningful, reframe your experience. You may not always be able to change what you have to do but you can change how you view it. When you look at it in light of how it helps others, you'll often find motivation.

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Decisions are a cost-benefit analysis of risking something small for the opportunity to gain something big.

  • Good decisions can be: Exercising, meditating for 10 minutes daily, finding the courage and striking up a conversation with someone, applying for jobs that you may or may not get.
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Indecisive people suffer because they don’t know their inner values and what they care about.

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Knowing our work helps others

When we know that our work will make a difference to someone else, it makes us work harder. 

Try to reach out to the people who directly benefit from your work. This could boost your motivation to work hard.

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