The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes part of your identity. It’s one thing to say I’m the type of person who wants this. It’s something very different to say I’m the type of person who is this.
When situation X arises, I will perform response Y.
The punch line is clear: people who make a specific plan for when and where they will perform a new habit are more likely to follow through.
When your dreams are vague, it’s easy to rationalize little exceptions all day long and never get around to the specific things you need to do to succeed.
After [current habit], I will [new habit].