The psychology of goals seems interesting.

Like I got a pedometer several years back and I set my initial goal at 10,000 steps a day. Which I never accomplished. I would look at my pedometer, see that I had done only 5,000 steps and decide it would be too much effort to get the other 5k.

So I set my goal at 7,000. Slightly above what I'd do without any effort. Then I started averaging 15,000 steps a day because I'd look at the pedometer -- see that I was just short for the day, set out get those last few steps... and then just keep going.

I had the same thing happen this last quarter with my zazen. I set a goal to meditate for an hour every day. I usually do 20 minutes.

At 20 minutes, I never miss a day.

With an hour goal, I missed days all the time because I couldn't find an entire hour to spare in the day.

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@lordbowlich So pardon if this thinking is unwelcome my degree is in economics. But for the meditating it seems like the marginal benefit of the extra 40 minutes of meditating just wasn't worth it. But human brains are weird, and want an all or nothing approach. In this case, being able to mark it off your list or not. making a balance to a more achievable cost/benefit ratio switched the flip from always no to always yes.


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