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Mood Follows Action

Reverse the Equation of Motivation

A firm daily practice takes some motivation to get going, but over time, the equation is reversed; dedicating yourself to a firm daily practice is what builds motivation.

Our constant practice of action alters our mood, taking a cue from our behavior.

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Mood Follows Action

Mood Follows Action

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Action is the biggest Motivation

Conventional wisdom states our motivation leads us to perform an action.

Our feelings and motivation do guide us, but there is a way to change our mental state, our mood. The way is Action itself.

Control your Behaviour

While it is difficult to control our thoughts and feelings, it is entirely possible to control our external behavior and change our mood.

Mood follows action. This could be as simple as forcing yourself to exercise, run errands, or get dinner with a friend when you're feeling particularly low.

Reverse the Equation of Motivation

A firm daily practice takes some motivation to get going, but over time, the equation is reversed; dedicating yourself to a firm daily practice is what builds motivation.

Our constant practice of action alters our mood, taking a cue from our behavior.

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Go from knowing to doing

Mastering something goes beyond the idea of knowing that something theoretically. As knowledge is incomplete without experience, so is conceptual understanding unsatisfactory without practice

Control your behaviour

While controlling your thoughts and emotions has been long claimed to be extremely challenging, if not impossible, controlling your behaviour falls into a completely different category. 

Consequently, while forcing yourself at the very beginning into adopting a routine that involves practicing, doing, may turn out to be quite challenging, you will notice how in time, the routine itself will start building up your motivation to go on with the ‘doing’.

Get practical

Take your thoughts to a more practical level. After having defined your goals, then done a little research on how to achieve them, make sure you start taking steps in order to turn them into reality.

Get down to ‘doing the job’ and you will soon realize it took less than imagined.

Action isn’t the effect of motivation, but the cause of it

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The “Do Something” Principle

If you lack the motivation to make an important change in your life, do something, anything really, even the smallest of actions, to get inspiration and motivation to do something else. 

You will think  “OK, I did that, I guess I can do more.” And slowly we could take it from there.

The 'assumption of healthy normality'

There is an assumption that emotional pain and suffering is a deviation from a default happy baseline. However, it's incorrect. Psychological pain is everywhere. 

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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

The goal of ACT is not necessarily to reduce one's problematic thoughts and emotions. It is to help people effectively function while they are distressed and to promote more flexible and value-driven behaviors.
In other words, the primary goal is to promote 'valued living.'

Valued living

Valued living is going about your daily life in the service of values you find important. Engaging in these actions creates a sense of meaning and purpose.

The symptoms of psychological suffering are problematic when they are linked to behaviors that draw us away from valued living.

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