Action and the Hook

Manufacture a habit to push through your motivation dip and encourage consistent learning and practice using the Hook.

The Hook model is simple. It consists of four inter-related phases that need to be repeated to become solid; trigger, action, reward and investment.

Remember, repetition is key to its successes.

All about actions

Action is carried out in anticipation of a reward, but can only take place if it is easy to carry out and you are motivated to do so.

What does it mean for you as a learner?

Firstly, all obstacles need to be removed when creating a positive learning habit.

These typically include the availability of time, physical difficulty, brain cycles and current habits/routines. So before you begin forming your habit, identify any obstacles you believe could affect your actions and mitigate against them.

Given that you level of motivation will decrease as time goes by it is likely that you’ll find it easier to overcome these obstacles initially and that forming a solid habit will help you move passed them later on.

Secondly, motivation is required to engage in an action. As a Hook user selecting the most suitable motivator for you is important. The three core motivators are;

  1. Pleasure seeking – Pain avoidance
  2. Anticipation of hope – Anticipation of fear
  3. Seeking social acceptance – Avoiding social rejection

Pick the motivator that you believe will work for you in each instance, link the motivator to the reward you intend to offer yourself. Moreover, try to utilise more than one of these to maximise the likelihood of action.