Motivation in life-The Goldilocks rule

by  Darpan Sachdeva

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During the course of daily routines we pick up certain tasks and leave them in between never completing them.Have you ever thought why this happens to almost all of us on daily basis.Whats the reason for this popping up of lack of motivation within us that stops us to go ahead  and live a life of abundance?

Researchers and scientists  have studied motivation for long now and have come to conclusion that human motivation is based on certain parametres.In continuation to this they have proven a  rule also called “Goldilocks Rule  to motivation”.

The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.

Human beings love challenges, but only if they are within the optimal zone of difficulty.
For example, imagine you are playing tennis. If you try to play a serious match against a four-year-old, you will quickly become bored. The match is too easy. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you try to play a serious match against a professional tennis player like Roger Federer or Serena Williams, you will find yourself demotivated for a different reason. The match is too difficult.

Compare these experiences to playing tennis against someone who is your equal. As the game progresses, you win a few points and you lose a few points. You have a chance of winning the match, but only if you really try. Your focus narrows, distractions fade away, and you find yourself fully invested in the task at hand. The challenge you are facing is “just manageable.” Victory is not guaranteed, but it is possible. Tasks like these, science has found, are the most likely to keep us motivated in the long term.

Tasks that are significantly below your current abilities are boring. Tasks that are significantly beyond your current abilities are discouraging. But tasks that are right on the border of success and failure are incredibly motivating to our human brains. We want nothing more than to master a skill just beyond our current horizon.

Measure Your Progress

measure your goal

Its been said whats is measured is done.
If you want any part of your life to improve ,you have got to put it to some sort of measurable values.This is the boost giver that would enhance you move fully tracked towards your goals. It has to do with achieving that perfect blend of hard work and happiness.

Working on challenges of an optimal level of difficulty has been found to not only be motivating, but also to be a major source of happiness. As psychologist Gilbert Brim put it, “One of the important sources of human happiness is working on tasks at a suitable level of difficulty, neither too hard nor too easy.”

This blend of happiness and peak performance is sometimes referred to as flow, which is what athletes and performers experience when they are “in the zone.” Flow is the mental state you experience when you are so focused on the task at hand that the rest of the world fades away.

In order to reach this state of peak performance, however, you not only need to work on challenges at the right degree of difficulty, but also measure your immediate progress. As psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains, one of the keys to reaching a flow state is that “you get immediate feedback about how you are doing at each step.” The human brain is wired this way.

Two Steps to Motivation as research has shown:

If we want to break down the mystery of how to stay motivated for the long-term, down below would help:

  1. Stick to The Goldilocks Rule and work on tasks of just manageable difficulty.
  2. Measure your progress and receive immediate feedback whenever possible.
 
Wanting to improve your life is easy. Sticking with it is a different story. To stay on a motivated  mode, pick up a task or a challenge that is just within your reach,measure as you progress  and repeat the process.

Here is to your success and being motivated !!!




Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

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