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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.
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.
Feedback is essential when you learn a new skill. However, when people learn the skill of 'creating new habits,' they think making mistakes is a sign of being a failure and showing an utter lack of discipline.
In reality, this is not true. No one mastered anything on their first few attempts — it takes practice to get good at anything.
We want people to be less rude, to do certain things, to avoid doing certain things, and to change their lives, eventually feeling frustrated when we realize that we cannot control them and it is impossible to change anyone.
The core error we make all the time is that we want others to be in a certain way, which almost never happens. The other alternative which hardly anyone follows is to let others be whatever they want to be and be at peace even if they are annoying.
It's a bad habit to have when it's the end of the workday yet you still feel guilty that maybe you haven't done enough, so you continue working even though it isn't the time to do so anymore.
Keeping up with this practice will only lead our bodies to be exhausted, overworked, and burnt out.
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