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More Simple Motivation

Good quality thinking generates good feelings which bring choices in what you do.

When you feel you have choice you are more likely to feel motivated.

Let’s look at what happens when you focus on long-term goals and feeling good when planning (e.g. being a strong, healthy sportsperson, or having many study choices at university) keeps your motivation steady, which enables you to take feedback from the past performances to feed forward and make adjustments for the next time. We call this continual improvement.


The benefit of this kind of motivation ‘strategy’ is it brings feelings of excitement, curiosity and determination because you know you have lots of potential to discover. These feelings are nice and help you build confidence so you keep exploring new ways to improve.



Now let’s look at what happens when you only focus on a short term goals (e.g. winning a sports game or getting good marks in a subject test) which can highly motivate you – only if you think you can win, but can also quickly de-motivate you if you think you might lose.



The trouble with this kind of motivation ‘strategy’ is it can leave you feeling very disappointed at a ‘loss’. Those feelings (sad or angry) aren’t nice to handle and you are more likely to ‘avoid’ future situations that feel bad.

This can easily lead to de-motivation.


Poor quality thinking leads to variable feelings which can result in poor motivation.