When was the last time you bought something that you really wanted?
How long after you bought it, where did you come down from those buyers?
This is the Hedonic treadmill
Where you have ups and downs, these are quickly restored to your normal state of being.
For better or for worse, this is human nature.
We have all probably realized that we are influenced by this behavior. And have been for our whole life. However, if we pay special attention to the Hedonic treadmill, it can help us both personally and professionally.
How you look at your list of goals.
You have lists, right?
Next … Once you look at your list of goals, you can begin to play a bit of psychology with yourself to evaluate how, when, and how much adjustment you apply to the hedonic treadmill.
These goals can and should be both personal and professional.
The same methodology and thought processes can be applied to things that you do at work. As you look at programs, processes, and the achievement of those programs and processes, you can and should apply Hedonic Treadmill thinking to your co-workers, colleagues, partners and customers.
This is not mind control.
This is respectful and realistic in terms of how the human mind processes accomplishments and setbacks.
Note: I said successes AND Setbacks.
I mention both successes and setbacks as the Hedonic Treadmill applies equally to both.
When we buy things we deserve praise and / or recognition that high is fantastic. But be realistic and expect it to wear off. Because it will be like that. Also, be realistic that different people will have different rates of effectiveness. That said, some people are going to spend hours, weeks, days on this high and this performance.
Others can weaken much faster.
Just be realistic in putting things together about how quickly your hedonic high will hold and how quickly it will weaken. And remember, when putting together programs at work or in your personal life, you work with other people’s hedonic ups and downs.
Whether it’s a new car, a new TV, or even a new job.
This is true even if you are passed over for a promotion or lose a big sale. This negative feeling will also subside.
This also applies to your colleagues and customers.
While we are spinning on the Hedonic Treadmill, we are also spinning on this thing called earth.
To stand out in your career and in life … Pay attention to the rate of both.