There's one thing I learned about myself that really struck me. He told me, after doing an assessment, that I was much more motivated by pain rather than pleasure. Meaning that I'm more likely to take action to avoid pain than to move towards something good. When I thought about it, I realized that he was completely accurate. Whenever things are "bad" or getting bad, I will muster up everything within me to change the situation. In essence, my actions are motivated by the fact that I want to change the current situation.
But when the situation is going "well," suddenly I feel less motivated to keep going. My actions begin to decline, gradually the situation turns for the worst, and soon, a burst of motivation overcomes me to create a different outcome. It becomes a viscous cycle. Worst of all this way of doing things keeps me from reaching higher levels of accomplishments.
For the sake of illustration, let's talk about my fitness journey. I get all motivated because I've added a few pounds or lost muscle tone. Then I make a decision to get back in the gym (avoiding the pain of being uncomfortable with my body & energy levels). After a few weeks of intense training things change and I'm enjoying the results (experiencing pleasure). Then, I miss a few days which turn into a few weeks....and soon I'm back to square one.
I started thinking of other means of
I thought this was a great idea and decided to put it into practice right away. I love this system because:
- The reward mechanism is very visual. I see the impact of my past actions every time I glance at my jar.
- The jar helps develop my weak area which is "pleasure motivation". I want the jar to grow, and I want to reach a certain dollar amount by the end of the year. This is pleasure motivation at its finest.
I have every intention of creating a similar process for other areas where I struggle to stay consistent (like drinking water, daily meditation, etc). Maybe I use marbles instead of dollars. Maybe I'll keep using currency. One thing I notice, after doing this for a few days, is how much I want to put a dollar in the jar. I have no issues with having to work out for at least 30 minutes as long as I get to put a dollar in that jar. I live for it!
Best of all, I'm amassing a small fortune and one day, I will put that money towards something cool. Then I will have "something cool" and a fit body. It's a win-win.