We are all fully aware of the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. For some, it is nothing but a popular fairy tale. However, we are not aware that this story holds the secret to staying motivated. These days, it is hard to keep your motivation due to all the negative things happening around. Out of this popular fairy tale, James Clear devised the Goldilocks Rule of motivation.
The Rule Explained
According to the Goldilocks Rule, the motivation of humans peak when they work on tasks are just right on the edge of their current abilities. James Clear describes the tasks as not too hard and not too easy as well. According to this principle, there are 2 factors that can contribute to long term motivation and achieving results. James Clear reveals that the key to staying motivated under the Goldilocks Rule are the following:
– Stick to The Goldilocks Rule and work on tasks of just manageable difficulty.
– Measure your progress and receive immediate feedback whenever possible.
The Goldilocks Principle simply means that when setting short or long term goals, you need to make sure that it is within your comfort zone. Once it is outside of it, you may begin to doubt yourself thus compromising whatever efforts you are putting.
Take the case of comedian Steve Martin. While adding new materials to his comedy routines, Martin maintained a few jokes of his own to get the audience laughing. He kept his motivation by maintaining just enough victories. He made just a few mistakes to keep him working hard.
Aside from sticking to the rule, there is a second factor that will prove crucial to your success. You need to achieve a blend of happiness and hard work. By working on tasks within your comfort zone, you will not only be motivated but also happy. This phenomenon is referred to as flow, which is the mental state an individual experiences when they are focused on the task at hand. This is often experienced by athletes and performers who are “in the zone.”
Staying motivated, under this rule, requires getting immediate feedback about your progress to each step. Being able to track your progress in the moment can be a good source of motivation. Steve Martin can easily tell whether his routine is working based on the laughter of the crowd. While he may have fears, the thought of getting positive feedback from his audience can drive inspiration for Martin.
How It Applies In Real Life
When applied in real life, measuring your progress can be crucial to achieving the mix of motivation and happiness that you desire. The brain needs to be able to measure your progress as a way of staying motivated. You will need to see progress in order to keep on going. Under the Goldilocks Rule, you need to do a task that is manageable, measure your progress, and do it over and over again.