We experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of our current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.
Tasks that are significantly below our current abilities are boring. Tasks that are significantly beyond our current abilities are discouraging.
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Every choice has a price, but when we are motivated, it is easier to bear the inconvenience of action than the pain of remaining the same.
In other words, at some point, it becomes more painful to not do the work than to actually do it.
Motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Getting started, even in very small ways, is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum.
Newton’s First Law applied to habit formation: Objects in motion tend to stay in motion.
Once a task has begun, it is easier to continue moving it forward. In other words, it is often easier to finish a task than it was to start it in the first place.
They remove the need to make a decision and provide a mindless way to initiate a behavior:
Setting a schedule for yourself seems simple, but it puts your decision-making on autopilot by giving your goals a time and a place to live. It makes it more likely that you will follow through regardless of your motivation levels.
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. " ~ Abraham Lincoln
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The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities.
Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. It’s the ability to keep going when work isn’t exciting that makes the difference.
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