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    The Science of Motivation: How To Stay Driven

    en-usJune 07, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • Motivation typesIntrinsic motivation comes from personal satisfaction and internal rewards, while extrinsic motivation comes from external rewards and recognition. Understanding both types can help maintain motivation.

      Motivation is the internal and external forces that initiate, guide, and sustain goal-oriented behavior. It encompasses the desires and reasons behind actions, driving individuals to pursue their goals and fulfill their needs. Motivation comes in two types: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is driven by personal satisfaction and internal rewards, while extrinsic motivation is driven by external rewards and recognition. To stay motivated, one must understand how to create motivation and not just wait for it to come. Intrinsic motivation is self-sustaining and deeply fulfilling, while extrinsic motivation can be powerful but may lead to a reliance on external rewards. Additionally, the avoidance of negative consequences can also serve as a motivation. In summary, motivation is a complex combination of internal and external factors that drive us to achieve our goals.

    • Motivation sourcesIdentifying internal motivators is crucial for building and sustaining motivation, as intrinsic motivation is more powerful than external motivators for long-term commitment

      Motivation comes from both internal and external sources, and intrinsic motivation, which stems from a personal desire or interest, is the most powerful. The story of an employee who was motivated to pay off a debt of $40,000 to avoid negative consequences illustrates this. People often fail to follow through on goals due to a lack of identified internal motivation or "why." External motivators, such as weight loss, can be important but are less effective in driving long-term commitment compared to intrinsic motivators. To build and sustain motivation, it's crucial to identify both internal and external motivators for the goals we're pursuing, but focusing on the intrinsic reasons is key. The study that found people who exercise for intrinsic reasons work out longer than those who do it for weight loss supports this idea.

    • Motivation factorsMotivation stems from internal (personal satisfaction, passion) and external (rewards, recognition) factors. Identify your intrinsic motivators and harness the power of dopamine to reinforce behaviors and find joy in the process.

      Motivation comes from both internal and external factors. Ask yourself why you want to achieve your goals, and identify the intrinsic motivators that drive you. Additionally, recognize the role of dopamine, the motivation molecule, in reinforcing behaviors and driving external rewards. To maximize motivation, find something that feels like play to you, even if it looks like work to others. Great achievers, such as successful CEOs, athletes, and artists, often become obsessed with their craft because they love the process and the internal reward of improvement.

    • Dopamine reward systemFocusing on small victories and praising ourselves can create a positive dopamine reward system, increasing motivation and enjoyment during goal achievement.

      Attaching dopamine to the process rather than the end goal can help increase motivation and enjoyment during the journey towards achieving our goals. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of pleasure and reward, and when it is released in response to a task or behavior, the brain signals that this behavior should be repeated in the future. However, many people unknowingly create a negative dopamine reward system by focusing on the negative aspects of their goals or beating themselves up after accomplishing a task. Instead, celebrating small victories and praising ourselves can help create a positive dopamine reward system, making the journey towards our goals more enjoyable and increasing the likelihood of success.

    • Process-focused goalsFocusing on daily action-based goals and celebrating accomplishments can increase motivation and productivity by releasing dopamine and reinforcing positive behaviors in the brain

      Focusing on the process rather than just the end result can help increase motivation and productivity. The brain releases dopamine when we engage in behaviors, making it more likely that we will repeat those behaviors in the future. However, if our goals are solely based on results, we may not experience the dopamine release until we reach our goal, which could be a long time from now. To stay motivated and enjoy the journey, it's essential to set daily action-based goals and celebrate ourselves immediately upon completing each action. This will help reinforce the positive behavior in our brains and make us more likely to continue taking the necessary steps towards our long-term goals. Ultimately, it's not just about achieving the end result but about falling in love with the process and getting addicted to the positive actions that will lead us there.

    • Podcast Subscription BenefitsA podcast subscription offers detailed worksheets, journal prompts, actionable steps, Q&A sessions, a community, and bonuses for personal growth at an affordable cost

      The new podcast subscription being offered provides a comprehensive learning experience. Each podcast episode comes with detailed worksheets, journal prompts, and actionable steps for implementation. Subscribers will also have access to Q&A sessions, a community of like-minded individuals, and various bonuses. The cost is less than what some people spend on coffee monthly. For those interested, sign up at mindsetwaitlist.com for early access and a discount. Remember, make every day count by improving your own life and brightening someone else's.

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