Sacrifice For More Motivation (The Noble Sacrifice)

You can’t do everything. So you have to choose.

Some say you have to prioritize. But does prioritizing actually involve choosing? Does it involving making the really hard choice? The essential choice?

Sacrifice, instead, forces you to choose.

We already know the power of meaningful choices from Core Drive 3: Empowerment of Creativity & Feedback. When we have to to choose between two irreconcilable co goods, or two really bad bads, the choice becomes meaningful. Core Drives are pulling us in and other Anti Core Drives are pushing us away!

Suddenly our agency matters. Paths diverge. Your future changes.

This might sound a touch dramatic, but if nothing else, life seems to be all about sacrifice.

On the flip side of every decision you make is something you didn’t do, didn’t get to do, didn’t have the time or energy or motivation to do.

And of course, some choices even involve further sacrifice.

The decision to learn the trade of an astrophysicist may involve sacrificing time with the family across many years. The same could be said for an aspiring all-time-great novelist.

The Noble Sacrifice

Sacrifice is often left out of discussions of top-performing women in the workplace. Many women, and rightfully so, choose to sacrifice career to have kids, raise their children, and build a family.

That is a noble sacrifice.

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than ever before.”

That, for many people over and over again, is the sacrifice that, on one hand limits their career, but on the other, augments the total quality of their life.
So let us not too quickly dismiss with sacrifice.

Sacrifice seems to augment our motivations. It seems to make the things we did choose and will choose to do even more powerful, because the sacrifice itself is of the many things that could have also been done, that were left undone, just so the pursuit of what mattered most could be achieved.

Maybe more sacrifice should be included in our motivational designs, and more human empathy employed tho to our users, who are also humans, in making the tough choices they face. We are all making a sacrifice at almost every moment of our day.

For more thought-provoking design and gamification discussions prompted by input from a vibrant community of thinkers, check out Octalysis Prime.

Marco Segatto Analyzes Fitbit, Nike+, and Zombies, Run! using the Octalysis Tool

Using the Octalysis Toolhttps://yukaichou.com/octalysis-tool/— is a fantastic way to practice using Octalysis and putting your design mind to the test with gamification examples found in the wild! Thank you to Marco Segatto for applying his gamification knowledge to Fitbit, Nike+, and Zombies Run! as part of his larger research. Try using the tool yourself, here!

Fitbit

 

Nike+

 

Zombies, Run!

Using Epic Meaning to Fuel Consistent Progress on Goals

Is epic meaning necessary to progress on goals? How can you use it to drive consistent progress and results.

Using Epic Meaning to Guide Your 2018 Goals

Once you’ve made a list of goals, you need to go out and achieve them.

Day after day.

Usually, Core Drive 2: Development & Accomplishment is the motivating Core Drive to keep you going day after day.

Why?

Because CD2 relies on external motivation that you control. You’re trying to get better at running. You can train each day and tick off on your calendar the days you complete a training run.

But Core Drive 1: Epic Meaning & Calling can help you drive long-term day-to-day motivation, too.

Is Epic Meaning Necessary to Progress on Goals

Generally, no.

But it can be insanely helpful.

Consider your long-term goals. They are likely tied to some epic meaning and calling or life purpose.

You’re trying to avoid regret at your death bed. You want to accomplish something that is bigger than yourself.

The more you seek to discover areas of epic meaning and calling that matter to YOU, the better you’ll be able to use CD1 as long-term motivation.

How can you use Core Drive 1 to drive consistent progress and results?

The key is actually in using an Anti Core Drive to fuel your day to day actions.

When you feel like missing a daily process or task (remember, you need to grind things out day after day to get results), use the Anti Core Drive.

Think and imagine yourself into the future.

How would you feel if you didn’t achieve your full potential with respect to your Core Drive 1 motivation if you could say: “I didn’t give it my all in pursuit of my epic meaning and calling–I needlessly skipped a day because I was lazy.”

This Anti Core Drive 1 will draw you back to day to day achievement.

Good luck and let me know how it goes!

Why Anti Core Drives Often Derail Progress on Your Goals

In Octalysis Prime, we often get member questions during our weekly  Town Halls. While we can’t share all member-discovered insights, here is an important introductory concept to understanding the Core Drives…the Anti Core Drives. For more on Anti Core Drives, read this article or this one about Loss & Avoidance specifically related to building ecosystems.

Student: Can anyone share examples of anti-core drives? I read they cause the player to not complete the desired action but I still don’t quite understand…

Guru: Yes! That’s what these Town Hall meetings are about!

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6 Octalysis Prime Members in Guru Top 100

Every  month, Rise Global calculates and publishes the Top Gamification Gurus. See full list here. https://www.rise.global/gurus/r/2555721

Exciting news! 9 members of Octalysis Prime made the Top 100,  with Yu-kai taking #1.

Members include Ercan Altug Yilmaz, An Coppens, Rob Alvarez Bucholska, Joris Beerda, Sabrina Bruehwiler, Albert Van Der Meer, Tiago Marinho Sizenando, and Mike Finney!

This news comes just after the news of Yu-kai’s strong performance in the UK Gamification conference, where he was voted #1 Gamification Guru by his peers.