The A2B Newsletter aims to improve your life by taking you from Point A to Point B. Every email shares one self-improvement idea you can read in five minutes or less.

Point A

Do you lack motivation? Are you tired of watching other people achieve their goals while you waste day after day?

Point B

This A2B Newsletter will teach you how to get motivated, so you can build the life you want.

The Motivation Myth

Most people believe that we are either motivated or unmotivated. With this belief, unmotivated people feel stuck and unable to take action until motivation arrives. This belief is both harmful and untrue.

Here’s the inconvenient truth. You always have motivation. You see, motivation is the driving force behind all behaviors, not just productive behaviors. So yes, motivation explains why people work hard but also why people are lazy.

You sleep because you are motivated by fatigue. You eat junk food because you are motivated by pleasure. And, you binge-watch Netflix because you are motivated by entertainment.

You aren’t unproductive because you lack motivation. You are unproductive because your motivation to do unproductive things is greater than your motivation to do productive things.

Therefore, the trick to being productive is learning how to become motivated to do productive things.

The Two Types Of Motivation

Intrinsic motivation

People feel intrinsically motivated to do things they enjoy. This type of motivation comes naturally. For example, if you love playing video games, it’s easy to find the motivation to play.

Extrinsic Motivation

People feel extrinsically motivated when they have the chance to avoid punishment or earn a reward. This type of motivation helps you do things you don’t want to do.

For example, you probably did your chores as a child because you wanted your allowance and didn’t want to get in trouble.

2 Steps To Get Motivated

1. Be honest. Too many people expect to feel motivated to do things they don’t want to do. This is an uphill battle. If you hate running, don’t expect to love running after reading a newsletter.

Knowing this, here’s one of the fastest ways to become motivated. Start doing what you enjoy and stop doing what you don’t enjoy.

2. Start small. You might think that motivation comes before action, but the opposite can be true. Let me explain.

Taking action leads to progress. That progress makes you feel motivated. That motivation encourages more action, which leads to more progress and motivation. This loop is known as the action-progress-motivation loop.

Getting started is the biggest problem you’ll face when activating the action-progress-motivation loop. To overcome this challenge, it helps to start small. So instead of organizing your kitchen, start with one drawer. Or, instead of completing your entire tax return, begin with a single page.

What’s surprising is that once you overcome the friction of getting started, it’s often easy to keep going.

Want More?

My video and article on motivation are full of additional information.

The full-length versions include:

  • Lots of examples and helpful diagrams
  • Ideas on how to develop a better motivation mindset
  • Fives more steps you can take to get motivated
  • Advice for how to overcome a common problem you might face when getting motivated

So, be sure to watch or read to learn more about getting motivated.


Chris Thornham 80/20 Financial Planner
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