Importance of self-reward?


emphasizes the importance of self-reward in maintaining motivation and achieving goals. He highlights several key points:

  1. Random Intermittent Rewards: Self-reward is crucial, but it should not be given on a predictable schedule. Intermittent rewards are more effective in keeping motivation high and maintaining the dopamine system's responsiveness 1.

  2. Cognitive Self-Rewards: It's essential to reward yourself cognitively by acknowledging your progress. This internal reward helps to build mental and neural resilience, enabling individuals to push through challenges consistently 2.

  3. Avoiding Over-Rewards: Over-rewarding can diminish motivation. Rewarding every small milestone reduces the reward's potency and can lower your overall motivation. Similarly, only rewarding upon achieving the final goal can undermine your long-term success 3.

    Rewarding Progress

    Andrew discusses the importance of rewarding progress and growth mindset. He suggests that self-reward is important but should be done on an intermittent and unpredictable schedule to prevent burnout and maintain motivation.

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  4. Positive Cognitive Reinforcement: Cultivating positive thoughts and self-rewarding internally can buffer against motivational burnout and strengthen neural circuits that support persistent effort 4.

By understanding and leveraging these principles, you can enhance your motivation and optimize your journey towards your goals.