The Truth About Motivation
On Self-Sabotage and the Importance of Environment Design
"How do I take initiative when I feel no motivation to do anything?"
You're not alone!
It's also a question related to the subject of my coming book Law of the Die, available December 7th!
Well, I should say, the question stems from a pervasive bias addressed by the book, the assumption that change must stem from personal motivation and self-direction, when in actuality, environment dictates more in the transformation game than motivation does.
This is an important point worth tattooing on your forehead.
The question she responded to:What conversations could use deeper discussion for you?
This won't make sense to you if you're still struggling to implement, and especially if you've hit a point of boredom (which is understandable!!!). But it means you've got reframe this shit.
Chocolate, "likes" on social media, and porn are amazing, right? Immediate release. By design.
Welcome to the club. We're all in this crazy cycle together. What separates the winners from the losers? Winners reduce variables. They limit options. They design triggers that reward good behavior. Because success - this game of motivation and effort - is a dynamic conversation between your thoughts and the feedback your environment gives you.
And chocolate, "likes," and porn, always win out... UNTIL.
...until they're no longer options, or until you've filled your environment with options that trigger deeper reward centers of the brain, those related to self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem.
These are harder fought for, and early stages of effort in any domain - fitness, business, self improvement of any kind - will make you feel defeated, inadequate, insecure. That's because you're not good at first and your environment is reminding you that you ain't got the skills... because change is hard. You gotta know that going in.
Ok, prove it :)
BUT BY DESIGNING A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT.
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