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When you’re sufficiently motivated to accomplish something, you’ll move heaven and earth to do it.
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.”
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.
“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.”
Set small, incremental goals that are sufficiently exciting to be motivating and for which you have a reasonable expectation of completing.
How do some of the most prolific artists in the world motivate themselves? They don't merely set SCHEDULE, they build RITUALS.
It’s a simple act, but doing it the same way each morning habitualizes it and makes it repeatable . It reduces the chance of skipping it or do it differently.
Every choice has a price, but when we are motivated, it is easier to bear the inconvenience of action than the pain of remaining the same.
In other words, at some point, it becomes more painful to not do the work than to actually do it.
When you do the same things over and over, that dopamine rush tends to get smaller and smaller. A great way to stay motivated is to keep growing by doing bigger and bigger things.
Take on bigger, more challenging projects at work. Once you’ve reached a running or fitness milestone, start working toward a bigger one.
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