Feeling uninspired to tackle tedious tasks? Like a marathoner carb-loading, you can energize yourself by strategically fueling your brain with personalized rewards. Let’s utilize science to build a self-motivation engine.
Harness Your Brain’s Built-In Reward System
“Success is its own reward” is a nice sentiment, but our brains need more tangible incentives to stay driven. Scientists reveal rewards are “the most crucial objects for life” – our mesocorticolimbic circuit compels action in anticipation of a prize.
The Psychology Behind Effective Reward Schedules
A 2018 study demonstrated that frequent small rewards are more motivating than a single large reward. At first, continuously reinforce actions to cement habits. Once ingrained, introduce intermittent rewards to sustain motivation long-term.
Finding Rewards That Light Up Your Brain
Choose genuine delights like:
- Bingeing a favorite show
- A relaxing spa day
- Exploring a new workout class
- Grabbing coffee with a friend
- Reading a captivating novel
Tailor and adjust rewards to maximize your motivation.
Tap Into the Power of Dopamine
Harness your brain’s reward system so when motivation lags, self-created prizes energize action. With strategic reinforcement, even tedious tasks become rewarding.