The Dip

The Dip
Across language learning, company building, and any kind of creative project, there is a dip. The Dip is the long stretch between beginner’s luck and real accomplishment.
Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most.

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Albert Einstein
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
The Start before the Dip
In any goal that has to be accomplished, there is a Start. It usually gets overlooked, as it's always there. 
The Start is a much bigger problem since you can’t reach The Dip if you don’t get through The Start, and many more people fantasize about doing something than actually do it and give up.
Motivation management
The biggest problem we face with completing our projects isn’t productivity or time management, but motivation management

When you’re sufficiently motivated to accomplish something, you’ll move heaven and earth to do it.

Motivation Defined

Motivation is “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way,” or rephrased, “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”

Ericsson & Poole
n you quit something that you had initially wanted to do, it’s because the reasons to stop eventually came to outweigh the reasons to continue. Thus, to maintain your motivation you can either strengthen the reasons to keep going or weaken the reasons to quit. Successful motivation efforts generally include both.
Getting Motivated to Start a Project
  • Increase your reason to start a project, by increasing the value of starting it.
  • Increase your expectancy of succeeding at that project.
  • Decrease your reasons to delay, by increasing urgency, using a deadline.
Parkinson's Law

It states that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

A commitment Device

Many people use a commitment device or game their surroundings to get and stay motivated.

You can physically help your goal by things like throwing away your junk food, only showering at the gym so that you go there, and similar activities aimed at focussing on your goal. People also use public commitments in social media to stay motivated by peer pressure.

Set small, incremental goals that are sufficiently exciting to be motivating and for which you have a reasonable expectation of completing.

How To Keep Going
  • Maintain your sense of Expectancy in the project using small wins and accomplishments.
  • Reward yourself.
  • Maintain a sense of value by finding a way to remind yourself of the bigger picture of the small, everyday bouts of effort.
  • Build positive habits.
  • Find flow.
  • Set clear follow-on goals.
  • Maintain energy.

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Active inspiration

Motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Getting started, even in very small ways, is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum.

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Reframe challenges.

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." —Wayne Dyer

A good strategy is to look at difficult situations and obstacles as opportunities that will help you and those around you grow. This will help us look at difficult things in a positive light and actually look forward to doing them instead of dreading them.

“Toxic” People

Usually, such people think negatively, are self-centered, hypercritical, communicating with ulterior motives and life. Toxic people make you feel uncomfortable, guilty, and frustrated, and can ruin your motivation.

Self-esteem and motivation are dependent on your environment. Analyze your environment, identify the toxic people and avoid them. Be with people who support, appreciate, admire you.

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