Feedback loops can be pretty cool.
They can also suck.
If you’re in a “good” feedback loop, life seems awesome.
Whatever you do works, which boosts your confidence, which makes it easier to take risks, which work (because you’re confident and operating more efficiently), which boost your confidence, etc.
On the other hand, it can be horrible to be trapped in a negative loop.
Whatever you try doesn’t work, which KILLS your confidence, which makes you less likely to succeed next time, which makes your confidence drop even lower.
How do you move from a negative loop to a positive loop?
Take a break, clear your head, do something different.
Even professional athletes need to be taken out of the game from time to time to kill a slump.
The best feedback loops happen when every success makes MORE success MORE likely.
This tend to stay intact for a while.
But they can also take the longest to get going.
An exercise program is an example.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, getting started can be tough.
But if you stick to it, you’ll reach a “tipping point” where the IMMEDIATE benefit (rather than the expected long term benefit) is greater than the amount of willpower you need.
This is when you get to the point where you can’t NOT exercise.
It’s become part of who you are.
You can think of your brain the same way.
If you’re stuck in a “lazy” rut, where all you do with your gray matter is pass the time (TV, video games, social media, etc) then it be tough to break out of.
But when you reach a “mental” tipping point where learning things, reading non-fiction, etc., give you MORE pleasure than what you USED to do (TV, video games, etc) then you’ve found the BEST positive loop there is.
If you’re getting in shape, there’s really only so much you can do.
If you were a runner, for example, once you got down to 4-5 minute miles that would be it.
But with your brain, the are NO limits.
Which means if you become somebody who has a HOBBY or even a PASTTIME of learning, you’ll NEVER run out of interesting things to do.
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