Positive Feedback Loops
Most of our plans of getting some discipline in our morning routine get hit by the truck of distraction and interruption. The mistake we make is that we plan something which is already set up for failure, leading to discouragement. If this happens constantly, it results in negative feedback loops that ‘deactivate’ our motivation.
The solution is to change the design of the plan to incorporate positive feedback loops.
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We need to build a system based on positive feedback loops, in order to get constant encouragement and move it in the right direction.
The main principle for a better system design is to have no wrongness or judgement associated with it so that we are unable to judge ourselves, feel discouraged and move towards a negative feedback loop.
It can be tough to feel in control...feel you can manage your emotions and come out of 'all this' in one piece when life shakes us up.
Getting started & building momentum are sometimes the toughest things to do.
And these 2 steps can give us a huge start to getting back to life...build us up to be in a position to take further steps of shifting our thinking patterns and practicing resilience:
Whenever an outside force interrupts our progress - we skip gym for a day or two for example - it sends a message to our brains that we aren't good enough and we can't do it and that we should just give up.
Disruption is the biggest obstacle to overcome but we can always change this habit if we look at it with fresh eyes. Instead of seeing it as a negative event, look at is as a fresh start, like it's something we've never seen before. It would help open our minds to the curiosity and possibilities.
We need to come towards the edge of uncertainty, the place we don’t like much, but which is full of growth, learning, creating and inventing. It is here when we toil that we find meaning, intimacy, beauty, love and vulnerability.
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