It turns out there are real performance benefits to working out with a buddy. But aside from motivation from moral support and distracting you from the pain, those improvements can also come from another interesting source: insecurity.
Source: The Real Benefit to Working Out With a Buddy
If you don’t know your limit, the Köhler effect can really mess up your workout. I’ve seen a lot of people burn themselves out trying to keep up with a group they should not be. I’m not a good runner, but I see it when swimming and cycling.
I met someone last year whose strategy was to go with the fastest group, and try to hang on with the hope that there’d be improvement as time went on. This person was so used up, they couldn’t hang onto the second fastest group. I don’t know if they made the third… It was ambitious, and there are some for whom that would work. There’s value in trying to see if you can, but have an exit strategy in case it’s too much. It might not be today that you fit with that group, and it’s fine to take it down a notch for a speed/distance/etc that you can in order to get stronger.
More than 3,300 people signed up for the 30-Day Learning Challenge (wow!), and some of you might be finding a dip in your motivation for learning.
That’s OK. We all go through dips in motivation sometimes. The key is to figure out a better motivator, and adjust your plan.
Today I’d like to talk about a few common motivations that don’t work that well, and then share what I’ve found to be the best motivations for learning — ones that keep you going strong even after a month or two.
Source: The Best & Less-than-Best Motivations for Learning
I don’t know about curiosity – that will get you in the door, but likely to wear off quickly. Especially if you don’t have any skill, aptitude, or just a good experience. Having someone to do things with has always been a recommendation – someone to suffer with, as well as compete/motivate each other… But seeing improvement/results/rewards for your effort is a positive feedback loop.
Whatever it is that works, mind that it can/will plateau. Which is fine, there’s ways to deal with that.