If you were sufficiently motivated, you could become a multi-millionaire. So could I. So why aren’t either of us rich? The small, intermediate steps involved in getting there are so far removed from the grand prize, that they need to stand up on their own merit to be motivating. The visit to the gym needs […]

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Usually, working hard in order to avoid looking like a fool is more motivating than working hard in order to do well. That’s why, no surprise, many goals are formulated as a means to avoid. I want to… lose weight to avoid being made fun of. I want to… make more money to avoid being […]

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Performance or mastery? A simple change in perspective can be the difference between success and failure. Do you think of your goal in terms of doing better than others, or in terms of learning? The thought of doing better than others can be exciting and motivating. But the thought of doing worse can be unsettling. […]

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