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How the Goldilocks Rule Relates to Motivation – Inspired by Atomic Habits

June 20, 2022

Do you lack motivation and feel stuck? Are you ready to pursue goals of just manageable difficulty to create motivation? Then these actionable steps are just for you and your motivation needs!

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Today I’m diving into one of my favorite books, Atomic Habits by James Clear! I have a ridiculous amount of takeaways from this book – the whole thing is underlined, dog-eared, and annotated…my grandma (who reveres books!) would be a little aghast at how marked up this book is, but I think it’s just a testament to how much I’ve learned! 😉

One of my favorite takeaways from Atomic Habits is the Goldilocks Rule, which tells us that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of our current abilities. So it’s not too easy, not too hard, but just right (just like Goldilocks!).

So if you have found yourself:

🌟 lacking motivation

🌟 feeling stuck in pursuit of your goals

🌟 losing steam

🌟 having a hard time showing up for yourself

…then today’s episode was recorded just for you, friend. I found James’ insights to be super encouraging, inspiring, and most importantly, actionable. So tune in today if you too are ready to pursue goals of just manageable difficulty in order to create and sustain motivation!

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Kate’s Joyful Corner

Anyone else ever marvel at our ability as humans to hold opposing emotions at the same time?

I’m currently in a heavy, challenging season of life with a very sick family member in the ICU, but even amidst that I find I can hold joy and gratitude in my heart.

I’m so grateful for those of you who have reached out to me via instagram, popped into my email inbox, and friends and family who have called and texted during this time. I feel the love and support showered over me and it literally means the world to me.

So, this week I’m grateful for being on this journey of growth and discovery and allowing myself to be vulnerable and allow others to love me and care for me.


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