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The 100 Percent Rule That Makes Life a Lot Easier

“We are kept from our goal not by our obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal."

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The 100 Percent Rule That Makes Life a Lot Easier

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100 Percent Commitment

Clear-cut, zero-tolerance decisions and self-commitments are better than having to decide every time, or committing conditionally.

A 100 percent decision is better than a conditional decision, which can lead to decision fatigue and waste your limited willpower.

Loose Commitment And Decision Fatigue

If you are only 90 percent committed to your goal (like following a certain diet, for example) you have to ask yourself and test your commitment multiple times a day.

You end up unable to predict your behaviour, and any future outcomes. By having a loose commitment setting in your mind, you are bound to deal with decision fatigue and see yourself repeatedly fail, lowering your confidence.

Setting In Stone Future Behavior

When the commitment is 100 percent, your future behaviour is already set in stone, with no back-and-forth struggle and revisiting of the decision-making condition.

When your best friend offers you a Coke, you know very well that the decision to not have anything like that is already made, and it is easy to say no.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

“Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.”

“We are kept from our goal not by our obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal."

“We are kept from our goal not by our obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal."

Expectancy Theory

It states that motivation requires simplicity and clarity.

Any complex flow chart or decision matrix decreases your chances of success. A clear outcome and resultant progress also improve your confidence.

Two Strategies For Decision Making

  1. Implementation Intentions: A pre-planned, pre-configured response, that is automatically coming when you are triggered or coaxed into doing something that you don’t want to.
  2. Future Self Concept: Asking your future self the same decision that is put on you, instead of answering it with your current self.

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