Define an intrinsic goal


  1. Define your personal goal. Begin by pinpointing a goal that genuinely resonates with you—one that sparks joy and fulfillment from within, not because society, friends, or family say it's valuable.
  2. Discover what truly drives you. Allocate time to deeply reflect on the activities that bring you intrinsic satisfaction—those that you would engage in even without external rewards such as money or fame. This step involves introspection to identify what drives you at your core. Consider what activities you find yourself drawn to in moments of free choice. Is it writing, creating art, learning new skills, or something entirely different? Understanding these motivations is crucial as they fuel your journey toward your goals with genuine passion and enjoyment.
  3. Commit to small, consistent actions towards your goal.
    Once your goal and motivations are clear, devise a plan that breaks your goal into small, manageable tasks. Commit to these tasks with regular, consistent effort. For instance, if your aspiration is to write a book because you love storytelling, set a daily goal to write a certain number of words or pages.
  4. Seek feedback.
    Progress involves learning, and feedback is a vital part of this process. Seek out constructive criticism from trusted sources—mentors, peers, or professionals in your field. When receiving feedback, ensure it serves to enhance your intrinsic motivation rather than detract from it.


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