If everything you do depends on waiting until you're in the right mood, you'll get stuck in a negative feedback loop.

The second problem with motivation is that it will always need refreshing.

Without the added fear of approaching deadlines, motivation alone is rarely enough to make us act.

You've probably told yourself many times that you'll go to the gym, read that book, clean up your room, or start that diet.

But even if you manage to do it once, how often does that first burst of motivation lead to a long-term change?

Winding up the motivation machine

Motivation is great for storing and converting mental energy for a particular purpose - one burst at a time. It’s like a machine wound by a crank or lever.

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