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Giving mundane jobs meaning

We can find meaning when we tell ourselves stories. Reflecting on ourselves and how we see ourselves creates an almost instant change in behavior. Self-awareness involves comparing the self to the ideas of what we should or could be.

When people are told that their actions are being filmed, they consistently change their behavior. They work harder and are more consistent in their actions and values.

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The best motivator

Progress is what makes stories feel real. And just as the stories don't need to be real, neither does the progress. The illusion of progress is enough to inspire you to action.

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Feeling the importance of our actions

If we really want to be motivated, having a goal is not enough. We need to feel something. When we feel that what we do has meaning, we will feel motivated.

Workers who fail to live up to their potential have lost sight of the importance and meaningfulness of their own jobs. If you cou...

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Money doesn't always motivate

Money doesn't always motivate

We may think of money as a great motivator, but it is a very poor one.

Money is a good motivator only for boring jobs. For creativity or problem-solving activities, money reduces our natural motivation.

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