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Jul 16, 2019 17:40:25

Why we always lax when things are good?

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Jack Lyons

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As soon as I start making positive progress towards a goal, a habit, a skill, making money or my health, there soon comes the feeling where I think I can now slack off. It's kinda counter-intuitive ... I mean, why ruin a good thing? But when you think of us as a primal species, the logic makes sense.

For starters, our mind and body wants to always be comfortable. Any threat to one's comfort is marked with a barrage of inner questions, making you second guess a new opportunity, or hold back from going hard in the gym.

If I work hard on something, and inevitably improve, then my body is now set at a new level of performance. That's exactly the time where the lazy mind likes to say "hey, you've done well kiddo, now that you're above your old self, there's  plenty of room to just take it slow..."

So it's like, the body is trying to say, "you're above your average, so it's time to coast and take it easy now that you're better."

Aaaand then if you do that, you will in fact, slip and go back to where you started. This happens to me all the time, especially with exercise and PB's. One month I'm crushing, the next I'm back down where I was two months before!

Why can't we just keep persevering ... keep on going, when the going is good?


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    @jacklyons

    The hungry lion is a completely different beast from the one with a full belly

    Abe avatar Abe | Jul 17, 2019 01:42:11
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      @abrahamKim - well said.

      @jacklyons -- chemistry ( if you want the answer in a word ) if you need a lengthier explanation, there's perception, comparison, subjective reality, and myriad other things your brain is trying to do to figure out what to be "motivated" by.

      Motivation can be generated emotionally, it seems, and the guys who really get motivated are often dealing with deep issues of not being loved because their dad abandoned them at some point in their formative years.

      If you want to be the lion, you need to stay hungry. Inject some pain in your life. Make some bad decisions. Destroy some relationships. Find some small way to keep the external pressure on so the emotional response can't get comfy.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 16, 2019 17:03:45
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      @abrahamKim @brianball Haha! I love the replies from both of you. Makes a lot of sense, always better to be hungry! Not sure if I want to inject pain into my life .... but at the same time I don't think there is an option - it's the only way to know what you're made of !

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Jul 16, 2019 18:33:10
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