We get excited when we think about reaching our goals. A rush of dopamine enters our brain, creating a euphoric sensation of endless possibilities. But the euphoria ends when reality sets in.
The challenge and pain that comes with the process of achievement is rarely discussed, but it is why most of us never finish what we start. Our brains are hardwired with a reward system which regulates our levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that governs our mood, motivation and pleasure.
Unfortunately, many people abuse our reward system through drug use, artificially flooding our brains with dopamine.
When it comes to the process of completing a project, we rarely reward ourselves for the hard work we put in.
Rewarding ourselves throughout the creative process motivates us to work more while reducing stress and anxiety. Its gives us the motivation to press on, to enter a state of flow and create more opportunities for optimal experience.
Start by thinking about what excites you. What activities get you through the day. Make a list of them and begin incorporating them into your daily routine. It could be anything from going for a walk, socializing with a friend, to checking out a new car you would like to buy.
By taking time for yourself, we become more productive by letting our minds wander into wakeful rest, giving us the opportunity to come up with fresh ideas.
Being conscious of our thoughts and what motivates us is crucial to keeping us engaged in our work and thinking long term when it comes to achieving our goals.