The action threshold

I define the action threshold as follows: The level of motivation that an event must exceed for the person to take action to prevent it; This motivation could come from the perceived reward it would bring or the pain that would be avoided.

Many times we want stuff in life, but not badly enough to do anything about it. This is when one is below the action threshold. As soon as you go above this threshold you will take action. There is another threshold that you can cross where you will take action immediately. This I call the instant action threshold.

In green is where you take action because the pain is too much to not act upon

In green is where you take action because the pain is too much to not act upon

Sometimes you are bothered by something when you feel down and you realize that it makes you unhappy. It has a high action threshold and will require a lot of work on your part so you do not take action. When you feel better again, you do nothing about it because you feel good again and don’t want to make yourself unhappy by focusing on the problem. You either deny that it is a problem or find a reason why you will not take action to solve the problem or achieve something.

One of the reasons people procrastinate is that they fear that they will not be able to produce results that are good enough and that the results directly says something about their inner nature. This is called a fixed mindset. People with fixed mindsets believe, consciously or unconsciously that the results will show their “true character”, that they are not good enough and that skill is dependent on talent. People with a growth mindset see every failure as another opportunity to learn, improve their skill and become better at producing excellent content.

Almost anything in life can be learned, but if you believe that something is a fixed result and not something that can be improved upon(fixed mindset), you really will have a hard time. If you believe something to be impossible it probably will be.

To happiness, and beyond!


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