How to Get Motivated

Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It's the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.

Recent posts on Motivation

Beating the "Long, Dull Winter": Time Management 101

How to stay on track, beat procrastination, and live life to it's fullest!

Don’t Let Your Thinking Sabotage Your Goals

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
How you see yourself in the future can either help or hinder your ability to delay gratification.

The Neuroscience of Wanting and Pleasure

If you feel like you are running out of steam, it is OK! Motivation goes up and down. If the tide was high all the time, we would fail to see the beauty of calm oceans.

6 Tips Toward Getting Your Book Published

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 20, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Anyone serious about turning written work into actual books must do a lot of research into the realities of publishing before sending anything into the world. Here are 6 tips.

Surprising Advice for a Happier and More Meaningful Life

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Happy Trails
Ask yourself this one question.

Inspirational Quotes from the 45 U.S. Presidents

Need a dose of inspiration? Here are quotes from the 45 U.S. presidents to motivate and encourage you.

Success, the Slow-Cooked Way

There is no shortage of crash diet options, but what if our bodies need time to acclimate? What if they actually need a slow-cooked method of change over a long period of time?

Major Challenges to Cultivating Healthy Anger

What are the blocks to learning how to give up destructive anger? How can they be overcome?

Why the "Like" Button May Be Killing Activism

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Is all the liking, retweeting, and commenting going on in American politics actually doing any good? Or are we just indulging in a form of entertainment and self-aggrandizement?

This Motivation Hack Will Instantly Alter Your Thinking

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Motivate!
The "Anchor Hack" can help you identify personal benchmarks that enhance performance and increase achievement.

Seeking Success and Patrolling Failure

By Rob Henderson on February 13, 2017 in After Service
What can sleeplessness, stress, and sexist attitudes tell us about how our minds work?

Are You a Stretcher or Are You A Chaser?

The answer to this question holds the key to leading a happy and successful life.

The Working Parent and Too Much Choice

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Moderating
For working parents blessed to have choices, the pressure to decide whether to prioritize one role over another feels never-ending. Learning to choose skillfully can help.

Purposeful Quirks Can Help You Build a Can-Do Attitude

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Creating in Flow
I interviewed dozens of famous writers and wrote a book about them. One of the nicest was Carolyn See. Read my interview with her now.
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Hope and Hopelessness in Trump's America

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Not only does hopelessness feel bad, it’s associated with inaction, making it a recipe for disaster in a democracy. So how do those in the political opposition remain hopeful?
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How to Achieve Your Goals by Creating an Enemy

By Nir Eyal on February 09, 2017 in Automatic You
If used correctly, scapegoating can be a powerful tool for resisting temptation and sticking to hard goals.

Is Someone Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals?

By Meg Selig on February 07, 2017 in Changepower
Could friends, family, or colleagues try to sabotage your weight loss success? A recent small study shows that "lean stigma" does exist and what you can do about it.

How Habits Become Your Destiny

About 40 percent of your daily behavior is based on habits. Learn to master those habits to master your life.

Seeking Idea Sparks

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
What helps us as inspiration seekers?

Neglecting Our Democratic Infrastructure No More

By John P. Schuster on February 06, 2017 in The Power of Your Past
Like physical systems, we use the democratic infrastructure all the time; they are in constant use and need maintenance and metaphoric oil changes.

Letting Go of Unattainable Goals Has Psychological Perks

By Christopher Bergland on February 03, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new game-changing study identifies an unexpected silver lining of depression: People with depression can let go of unattainable goals more quickly, which has psychological perks.

We Have to Take Our Chances on Development (and Democracy)

By Lois Holzman Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in A Conceptual Revolution
Social therapist Fred Newman says that while we might agree on how we'd like to develop ourselves and the world, there are no guarantees when it comes to development or democracy.

How Do You Deal With Disappointment?

Your choices make a difference.

Break Free From the Monotony of Online Dating

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on February 01, 2017 in Modern Sex
Is online dating bringing you down? Try pushing yourself further out of your comfort zone, and give yourself the gift of self-growth and new outcomes.

Working on Your Relationship Is an Inside Job

Confused. Conflicted. Mixed feelings. These are terms that are used to describe the feeling of an inner conflict between two perspectives that are at odds with each other.

Just How Many Amazon MTurk Survey-Takers Are There?

Amazingly, Amazon doesn’t share the number. Other sources give us some idea, and the number is much smaller than we might expect.

Understanding Emotions and How to Process Them

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
The emotional health of our citizens is not good. We need to educate folks on their feelings and how to adaptively process them.

5 Ways to Kick the Habits That Sap Your Mental Strength

A few simple changes to the way you think could significantly improve your chances of meeting your goals.

Dealing with Ambition Addiction

By William Irwin Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in It’s Your Choice
The pursuit of a lofty height diminishes appreciation of the present state of affairs. We need to have a healthy relationship with ambition.
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Mind the Gap

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on January 25, 2017 in In Control
We’re designed to correct things when they are different from how we want them to be.