Thinking about habits and motivation. Reading Charles Duhigg’s follow up book to the Power of Habit this weekend and took these two quotes as a starting point for today’s discussion:
If you can link something hard to a choice you care about, it makes the task easier…Make a chore into a meaningful decision, and self-motivation will emerge.
Moreover, to teach ourselves to self-motivate more easily, we need to learn to see our choices not just as expressions of control but affirmations of our values and goals. That’s the reason people ask each other “why” — because it shows them how to link small tasks to larger aspirations.
Good student thoughts later…
Duhigg, Charles. Smarter faster better (New York: Random House Books, 2017), pp.30-31.