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Chapter 3: Raise necessity

You cannot become extraordinary without a sense that it’s absolutely necessary to excel.

Performance necessity is one of the most powerful drivers of human motivation and excellence. Raising the level of necessity makes you emotionally committed to the task at hand.

There are internal and external forces that create necessity and boost performance. These are:

- Identity and personal standards of excellence: You should see yourself as a person who loves challenges and make actions and achievements part of who you are.

- Obsession with understanding and mastering a topic: Curiosity makes the process enjoyable and builds deep competence.

- Social duty, obligation, and purpose: It doesn’t give you a choice but to be good at what you do.

- Real deadlines: Real negative outcomes if the due date isn’t met.

When it becomes too difficult to keep going to achieve your goal, these forces will pull you forward. To succeed, you should have a feeling that it is an absolute must to perform on a high level. Otherwise, there won’t be any consistent action.

Actions to take

Affirm the WHY.

Productivity