We all know the struggle of trying to stay motivated and avoid the temptations of procrastination. It can feel like an uphill battle, constantly fighting against our desires and distractions. But what if I told you there's a natural way to tap into your body's motivational superpower? It's called dopamine, and understanding how it works can revolutionize how you approach your goals and overcome those pesky habits.
The Science Behind Dopamine: To grasp the power of dopamine, we turn to the research of Dr. Andrew Huberman, a renowned neuroscientist who has shed light on the intricacies of this fascinating neurotransmitter. Dopamine plays a crucial role in our brain's reward and motivation system, responsible for feelings of pleasure, focus, and drive.
Task Bracketing: Rethinking Dopamine Release: One of Dr. Huberman's groundbreaking findings is the concept of "task bracketing." Traditionally, we associate dopamine release with completing a task or achieving a goal. However, Dr. Huberman's research suggests that we can rewire our brains to associate the release of dopamine while actually performing the task or while in limbic friction or leaning into the task, leading to increased motivation and productivity. Think about an extreme athlete cycling a ten-mile segment on a grueling Tour De France. Being ‘In the zone’ is experiencing the dopamine while doing the task can be a monumental shift instead of expecting the dopamine at the end. This small change makes the tasks more manageable and repeatable toward the desired goal.
How to Apply Task Bracketing to Overcome Procrastination:
Break It Down: Rather than viewing your task as one overwhelming entity, break it down into smaller, manageable steps. This way, you can experience dopamine release throughout the process, keeping you engaged and motivated.
So, fellow goal-getters, it's time to rewrite the procrastination playbook and make dopamine your ally. Embrace the joy of task execution, break down your goals into manageable steps, and relish the dopamine-fueled journey toward success. Prepare to conquer your tasks, achieve your goals, and let your motivation soar to new heights!
By Vicky M Krause.
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Dr. Mary Williams, R.N., D.C is a Doctor of Chiropractic with an extensive background as a Registered Nurse and experienced Core Instructor for the American Heart Association. She has over 30 years of hands-on medical and instructional experience.
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