Learn whether you are a Type X or Type I kind of person.
Type I’s tend to have better physical and mental health than Type X’s, as Type I behavior promotes autonomy and self-esteem. Furthermore, those with Type I behavior nearly always outperform those with Type X behavior in the long term, even if they may seem to lag behind in the short term.
Think about your motivation as a resource. If you use an external resource, such as coal, to keep the fires of your motivation burning, you will one day come to realize that it has all run out. However, if you use an internal resource, you will realize that it is endlessly renewable.
The good news is that Type I behavior isn’t something you’re born with; rather, it is something you can develop with practice!