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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.”
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.
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.
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.
Set small, incremental goals that are sufficiently exciting to be motivating and for which you have a reasonable expectation of completing.
“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.”
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.
It states that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
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