Great topic, thks for that.
Originally Posted by HappyDude
Our motivational mechanism can be seen as having 3 layers of "alignment": next action solves the first one -> as sonyavdg mentioned, if we get really granular, the visualization is stronger and we are more prone to start it. We most react to the appeal of doing when we can see it being done.
Then you have "value/belief" alignment. If you don't believe a certain task is aligned with what is important, it won't appeal to you (be it your doing something you are afraid of failing or you are afraid of success, or it will put you into an uncertainty situation which tends to be labled as bad). The brain will have powerful heuristics / judgements about he things is good or bad, and is making calculations about allowing you or not to move foward. Playing with "values investigation" may be key to unblock in many situations.
A third level of blocking would be at the identity level. If you don't identify your image to some "self" that will result from making a big project come true, then things inside are not congruent. If you don't identify yourself with an "author-person", it's more difficult to write that book you are struggling with. If you don't identify with that kind of people who get the PhD Thesis quickly, it will take ages, and if you don't identify with PhD at lot, it may never be completed, and so on...
Super interesting topic. Much more to be said. Hope to have contributed my bit.
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