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LA 023: How to Hack Motivation and Be Happy

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Motivation is chemistry. That feeling you call motivation is to do with the dopamine in your brain, specifically the increase in dopamine in your “nucleus accumbens” is the brain’s feedback for predicting rewards. Dopamine is known as a neurochemical of pleasure, and sure, dopamine makes you feel good, so why can we also get a spike of motivation in times of great stress? Indeed, why are some people motivated to jump off suspension bridges?

Dopamine is the neurochemical associated with pleasure but its real role is in motivation[/caption] The role of dopamine goes beyond our feelings of pleasure; it performs its task before we obtain the rewards. Dopamine’s actual job is to encourage us to act to achieve or avoid something. 

To act or to avoid?

Motivation can be encouragement to act or to run away Many successful golf players (and business leaders) are motivated by their dissatisfaction with their performance. It can be a very powerful motivator. You would expect someone who is thus motivated to improve their game to be similarly motivated in other aspects of their life. Do you see a golf course as a series of obstacles to be avoided, or do you see the fairways and greens as the thing to hit. There are a few people who aim for the obstacles because they excel at the tricky shots – most, however, find themselves in the obstacles due to misfortune… or were they actually responsible? For most people, the self-directed anger resulting from dissatisfaction is not a positive state to be in. If you condemn yourself for playing poorly and use self-talk phrase such as “I should have…” Or yelling (at yourself or outwardly) your self-disgust such as “useless idiot” and perhaps more colourful phrasing – you are doomed to repeat it. Not only will you repeat the ‘error’, but you are also physically hurting yourself – self-condemnation causes self-directed anger causes stress causes physical distress causes physical sickness and, for many, heart failure. It’s a little as if your heart decides that’s it’s had enough of your inward abuse and is desperately trying to communicate your need to stop doing it. If you’ve had a heart attack or stroke you’ve probably completely reassessed how you live your life – and sought more tranquility, less stressful behaviours – in some cases avoiding the major contributors to your previously high-stress levels – work and/or golf.

Driving a car often brings out the worst in our character. Some people don’t realise that this is what they are like. The way you drive your car is often a good indicator of your style. How angry do you get when someone cuts into the queue in front of you? When you pull up to the red traffic light, do you swerve over to the other lane to be at the front of the queue? When motoring along are you more concerned about getting somewhere quickly, or more concerned with the traffic around you? Back to golf. When you stand at the tee, what do you focus your attention on? Your target? Avoiding the trees/bunkers/water/rough? I hope the former by now if you’ve been with me all this time. What you focus on is what you’ll get. Motivation is a multi-faceted phenomenon. In large part, motivation is about the satisfaction of values held. It is the result of using particular personal resources towards a specific goal that satisfies a value or value held by that individual. Connecting any of these three in any order, resources, values and outcome creates the feeling of motivation as the nucleus accumbens anticipates the reward for the price you are prepared to pay. In smaller part, though often the critical component, is encouragement to achieve a goal. Encouragement to act or avoid

Encouragement is the eager anticipation of doing something fearful  It is worth spending some time here on what we mean by encouragement. The word has ‘courage’ at its root. Thus, to encourage is to develop, enhance or build courage. Courage, you’ll remember, is not the absence of fear but the continuation to do

Hi. What's better? Today you're listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr John Cameron, brought to you by your cells Incom it's why some leaders thrive and others struggle. Hey there, this is John Camwethy and welcome to this podcast how to hack motivation to make you happier. Motivation is chemistry. See you now. You wish you'd paid attention at school. Motivation is chemistry. That feeling that you call motivation is to do with the dopamine and neurochemical in your brain. Specifically, it's the increase in dopamine in your nucleus accumtments, and it's the brains feedback for predicting rewards dopamine. He's known as...

...a neurochemical of pleasure, as sure dopamine makes you feel good, so why can we also get a spike of motivation in times of great stress? Indeed, why are some people actually motivated to jump off suspension produce? The role of dopamine goes beyond our feelings of pleasure. It actually performs its task before we obtain the rewards. Dope means. Actual job is to encourage us to act, to achieve or avoid something. Yeah, to act or to avoid to get golf from a moment. Many successful gold players and business leaders are motivated by their own dissatisfaction with their performance, and it can be a very...

...powerful motivator. You would expect someone who is that's motivated to improve their game to be similarly motivated in other aspects of their life. Do you see a golf course as a series of obscles to be avoided? Do you see the fairways and Greens as things to hit? Do you see your day as a series of obstacles to be avoided, or do you see things that you actually want to achieve? There are few people who actually aim for the obstacles because they excel at the tricky shots. Most, however, find themselves in the obstacles due to misfortune, or were they actually responsible? For most people, the self directed anger resulting from dissatisfaction if not a positive state to be you. If you condemn yourself a playing poorly and use self taught phrase such as...

I should have or yelling at yourself or outwardly your selfdiscuss such as a useless idiot or perhaps more colorful phrasing, you are doomed to repeat it. Not only will you repeat the error. You are physically hurting yourself. Self. Condemnation causes selfdirected anger, which causes stress, which causes physical distress, which causes physical sickness and, for many part failure. It's as it's a little as if your heart decide that it's had enough of your inward abuse and in desperately trying to communicate your need to stop doing it. If you've had a heart attackle stroke, you probably completely reassessed how you live your life. I know I have, and sort more tranquility, less stressful behaviors, in some cases avoiding the major contributors to your previously high stress levels. The work,...

HMM, and those golfers. Yeah, it was the goal. Some people don't realize that this is what they like, but the way you drive your car is a oftenly good indicator of your style. How angry do you get in someone cuts into the queue in front of you? When you pull up to the red traffic light, you swerve over to the other lane to be the front of the queue. When motoring along, are you more concerned about getting somewhere quickly or more concerned with the traffic around you? Let's come back. Go from him and you stand at the tea. What do you focus your attention on? Your target? Avoiding the trees, the bunkers, the water, the broth? I hope the former by now, if you've been with me all this time. When you focus on is what you get. Motivation is a multi fascinated phenomenon. In large part, motivation is about the...

...satisfaction of values held. It is the result of using particular personal resources towards achieving a specific goal that satisfies a value or value held by that specific individual. Connecting any of these three in any order resources, values and outcome creates the feeling of motivation as the nucleus accumbents anticipates the reward for the price you are prepared to pay. In smaller part, though, often, the critical component is the encouragement to achieve a goal, and it's worth spendings of time he and what we mean by encouragement. The world has courage at its root. Thus, to encourage is to develop in heart or build courage. Courage, you'll remember, it's not the absence of fear, but the continuation to do something of which you are fearful. It follows, therefore, that if...

...we encourage ourselves, we are building the strength to overcome our fears and complit to an action. Encouragement itself is often mistaken for motivation or exchange for it. In order to get someone of us to accomplish something, they will need to be motivated and or encouraged to do so. It is possible to get someone, or even yourself, to do something which does not satisfy value, but such actions are not repeated if no personal value is realized. That is, there is no reward for the nuclear circumbent to reinforce the dopamine spike. For example, many beginner golfers give up playing after being encouraged, usually by a relative or close friend, to take up the game. They continue to try to play until they find that they do not realize something of value for themselves. Yes, there are people who don't like or enjoy golf. Shocking...

...the true. So encouragement is good, but it is not a substitute for sustained motivation. So how do we hack motivation that makes you happier? It's one of the most fascinating useful things we've learned from dopamine research. Is something I mentioned whiter than you, that dopamine's real job is to encourage us to act to achieve or avoid something. And you'll have noticed for yourself that when you have achieved a specific goal you wanted to achieve, will have a burst of feeling good, but this soon dissipates. Your feeling actually drop quite rapidly, like the wind has been taken from your sales. That positive feeling was Sarahtnin rather than Dopen, because Sarahtnin makes you feel generally happy and gives a sense of wellbeing and something we call pride. Your dopamine induced pleasure was the anticipation of the reward. Now that you have achieved your goal, you have...

...your reward. There is no more anticipation. You may even be getting a little edgy after achieving your goal, especially if others are not reinforcing you to feel good by congratulating you on your brilliant achievement. This can quickly lead to frustration, disappointment and burnout. As you stress about one you feel less good than you did the trick here is to set incremental goals, smaller outcome steps along the way and dividing the larger goal into specific rewarding tasks, such that you will look forward from one task to the next in anticipation of the next task as a reward ward in itself and along the journey to the far greater reward of the completed goal. We can train our brain to feed on bursts...

...of dopening triggered by such rewarding experiences and by setting incremental specific outcome. We rewire our brain by linking and stimulating a dopamin res response to each part of the task. And you can do this for others as well by deliberately giving them very positive feedback as they progress through the subtasks. And if there's anything you want them to improve, then you use the feedback sandwich. Now. All it takes is for you to have a little courage to try it out and find that you'll be happier. Hope you've enjoyed this podcast learning how to hack motivation and teach others along the way. Share this with somebody you know could do with hacking their own motivation to give themselves on age and encourage people to try about. You go and have a blessed day. By you've been listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr John Kimworthy. If you'd...

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