Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Self-Motivation

I have a method for making myself do things that I don't really want to do: it involves white lies and bribery.
First, the White Lie: "This could be fun!"/ "We're almost there!"/ "Just one more page!" Note the exclamation points. Enthusiasm helps.
Phase Two is the reward: "Afterward, you can have ice cream/sit and stare into space/clean the bathroom (see how sometimes the reward itself is actually more work? It's a trick!).
This method works pretty well because: A) You don't usually know for sure that you're lying, and B) Ice cream is very motivating.
However, it can backfire if your lie is really outrageous or if you decide at the last minute that you don't deserve your reward. This is called being an asshole to yourself.
The trick is to be semi-upfront with yourself, and to keep those rewards coming. As a bonus, it makes you like yourself better, too.

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