There’s so many methods to stay motivated or find motivation, get things done, be more productive, Everywhere you look there’s a new “trick” to get motivated. But we’re not going to give you some trick, we want to talk you about something that can actually help. The Locus Rule
To help you better understand, let me show you how it’s used. Professor Claudia M. Mueller from Stanford university, took a group of 10 - 11 year olds and gave them a set of puzzles to do on their own. After the kids completed their puzzles, they were all given high grades.
However, half of the kids were told they did well because they worked very hard. And the other half were told they did well because they were smart, that they just naturally knew how to do it
After both groups of kids had been told why they succeeded, they were both given more puzzles to complete, at three different levels of difficulty.
The kid’s who were told they did well, because they were smart, spent the majority of their time working on the easier puzzles, some didn’t even work on the puzzles at all - which showed lower levels of motivation
The group of kids who were told they got a good grade because they worked hard, spent the majority of their time working on difficult puzzles - which is a sign of increased motivation levels
Now the reason some of these kids worked really hard on the puzzles, and the other reason some just gave up is because of something called the Locus of control, which is basically the amount of control you believe you have over situations and the outcome of things
The kids who were told they were just naturally smart, believed they only did well because of things outside of their control, for example, being born smart, which is an external locus of control
And the kids who were told they worked hard, believed that they did well because of things they could control, for example their work ethic. This is an internal locus of control
This is the power of your state of mind, if you believe you can influence a situation, if you believe you have control over a situation, your day, your life, you will act in a much more motivated way because you believe what you’re doing matters you believe you can influence it.
But how do we shift from an external locus of control to an internal one, there’s two big things that can help
The first step is to own what happens to you, take responsibility for every single outcome.
Now obviously you’re not responsible for every single thing that happens, unexpected situations pop up that you didn't have anything to do with, but if you can own every situation. You take responsibility for everything that has happened, and when you do that, you can look for, the solution, and when you execute the solution you’ll see a change, you’ll see that you really do have control
RECOGNIZE YOUR INFLUENCE
Let’s say you have a hard time focusing, you sit down to study or work, and you just get really distracted. You go on your phone every 5 minutes, or you can’t stop watching random you tube videos. You want to find a way to remove these distractions
Get a website blocker on your computer and block you tube for a few hours, take your phone out of your room so there's no temptation to pick it up and check it
Now what will happen is you’ll probably have some more focus when you sit down to work, and when that happens, recognize you’re more focused because of the things you did. You didn't just wake up being more focused, you’re more focused because of things you took control of.