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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You’re excited. You feel that this time will be different. I want it bad enough. I can do this. You start making plans. Maybe, you take the first step. But then its gone. After a few hours or a few days, you’re back to normal. Feeling mundane, doing the mundane. Why? Two reasons. Problem 1. […]

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What is Positive Psychology? Wikipedia positive psychology page. [ted id=312]   What (and Why) is Positive Psychology, an overview paper by psychologists Shelly Gable and Jonathan Haidt. Positive Psychology Books 1. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom – The book which introduced me to positive psychology. Book summary. 2. Stumbling on Happiness […]

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The harder the goal, the smaller the motivation. Right? Unless the reward also got better, the effort wouldn’t be worth it anymore. That’s why I use to choose easy over difficult. When trying to accomplish difficult long-term goals, I would break them up into easy sub-goals. Easy means reason for optimism and less effort. That […]

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