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The Motivation Decline

Having a high paying job that is going well and getting better does not mean that you will always be motivated to go to work each morning.

Your motivation can start to decrease despite promotion or big projects.

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Consider these questions: 

  • "What kind of work would you and consider satisfactory if you had to do it until you're 80?"
  • "What would make you feel excited to wake up every day for the next 45 years that could also earn you enough money to cover your expenses?"

  • Extrinsic motivatorsThis is what you do because you have to pay the bills or want to buy a new car. This type of motivation doesn't last. When you hit your goal, you might feel good for a week, but then it wears off quickly.
  • Intrinsic motivatorsThis is what drives you to do things when there isn't a carrot or stick. For instance, hobbies are driven by this. This kind of motivator does no wear off.

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Force yourself to do things

Our mind has muscles. It memorizes patterns. By doing this over and over, you're building your willpower and self-discipline. 

Forcing yourself to do things that you don't feel like doing (but you know you should be doing) is a habit you can learn.

The 3 elements required for intrinsic motivation:

  • Autonomy: it's about choice - when you believe you have a choice, you're more motivated.
  • Mastery: it's about wanting to get better at something that matters.
  • Purpose: it comes from believing you're working on something that's bigger than yourself.