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Chapter 19: The Goldilocks rule: how to stay motivated in your life and work

Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way.

The human brain naturally loves challenges. And for something to be challenging, it cannot be too easy or too difficult. If it’s too easy, we get bored very fast. If it’s too difficult, we lose our motivation. This is the Goldilocks rule—we are at the peak of our motivation when we are working on a task that is not too difficult and not too easy. It’s just right.

But not everything is like this. Not everything will be challenging for us. And very often, the difference between the best athletes and the rest is that they are able to embrace the boredom. They stick to the routine even after it becomes boring.

If a habit is important to you, stick to it no matter what. Don’t let the bad weather impact you. You will not always feel like performing your best, but you will never regret doing the things that are important to you.

The biggest difference between professionals and amateurs is that professionals always stick to the schedule.