The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden dispels the common myth that motivation is required to be successful. Through stories and scientific research, Haden makes the case that focusing on developing good habits is more effective than relying on motivation to accomplish goals.
Haden explains that motivation is an emotion, and like all emotions, it comes and goes. It cannot be depended on to drive consistent behavior over the long-term. Habits, on the other hand, are behaviors wired into our brains that can be performed automatically. Haden provides tips for building habits by starting small, being specific, planning for obstacles, and tracking progress.
A major concept in the book is that once a habit is established, it becomes easier and easier to maintain over time. This makes habits more powerful than motivation, which fluctuates day to day. Haden encourages readers to focus their efforts on building the habits that will lead to success, rather than wasting effort trying to maintain constant motivation.
The Motivation Myth demonstrates that consistent success stems from depending on small habits, rather than the temporary rush of motivation. By building powerful habits, anyone can achieve their goals without needing to be motivated. This book provides an actionable approach to reaching your full potential through the power of habit.