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【How we improve】

(Contributed by Tony)
One question that I ask myself a lot is: Should I ever feel satisfied with myself?
Despite what other people say or think, my answer is pretty much always no. I am the kind of person that constantly sets new goals for myself. I do this on a nearly daily basis and so am constantly achieving these goals too. This is very important for the way I live, it motivates me and helps me stay focused on what I need to do next.
I recently had a conversation with a very good friend about the fact that I only feel proud of myself when I finish something instead of being proud of the fact that I am doing something. A new audio project, when I can listen back to the final tracks I feel a sense of pride. But when recording or editing I just feel motivation to get to the final products.
The problem with this though is when it comes to something like my fitness I often don’t feel like I am “finished”. A couple of years ago, I decided to finally get fit and healthy, since then I have lost 45kgs and gotten much stronger. But I don’t feel like I have finished anything and although I am happy with myself and the results so far, I still constantly look at myself and think “you can get stronger/you can do better”. This is both great and frustrating. I am constantly pushing myself to improve, but I do worry about one day losing motivation from not feeling like I have achieved everything I should have.
So, is there a better way to motivate yourself, or is it different for everyone? If I were to be proud of everything I ever did would I start to slack off and not work as hard? How about you, what drives you? Are you hard or easy on yourself and do you think you are productive because of it?
All the best

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