We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
Have a bad habit that you just can’t shake it off?
Biting your nails?
Cursing at others?
Did you know that pain is one of the most effective demotivators for actions?
Put a rubber band on your wrist. Every time you caught yourself indulging in your “unhealthy” habits, snap it real hard on your hand.
Over time, your brain would register pain to the habits that you are trying to shake off. And over time, you would be less enthusiastic in doing it.
It works by anchoring. To anchor pain to the habits that you want to disassociate with.
Use it with caution, though. It really hurts, to snap the rubber band on your wrist.
What is the one bad habit you would wish to remove?
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. – Leonardo da Vinci
Tony Robbins once said that our actions are governed by pain and pleasure. Actually, he says it over and over again.
Just like the basic organism moving away from heat and towards food, we human do quite similarly as well.
We do things to avoid pain. We also do things to gain pleasure. What do we really avoid and what do we really want?
For wealth, we may be avoiding the pain of begging on the street. We want the pleasure of having the money to buy the things our heart desires.
For health, we may be avoiding heart attack due to being obese. We want the pleasure of being able to wear sexy clothes.
For relationship, we may be avoiding fear of loneliness. We want the pleasure of companionship, sharing all the goodness in life.
Think of your life goals in terms of pain and pleasure. Think of the pain you are avoiding and the pleasure you want. Incorporate them into your annual goals.
How do you re-write your goals – this time round with the pain and pleasure?