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

A Snarky Size Activist and 3 Benefits of My Stupid Fitbit

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 25, 2016 in Full Living
I would hate my stupid step tracker even more if it wasn't working to help me increase my movement.

Dogs Hesitate More and Respond Less Well When You Are Upset

Your emotional state can cause your dog to hesitate or to execute your instructions less accurately.

The Power of "No"

How rejection can be the best gift a friend can give. Do you have someone in your life willing to tell you when they think you are "off course"?

Three steps to changing your life when a relationship ends

When you end a relationship, it's easy to be overwhelmed and wonder how you begin anew. Follow these three steps to changing your life and reaching your goals!

The Communal Narcissist: Another Wolf Wearing a Sheep Outfit

By Peg Streep on May 24, 2016 in Tech Support
This type of narcissist isn't outgoing or a show-off or even self-effacing and covert... Nope, this one is out there, promoting a cause that he or she supposedly holds dear...

9 Ways Volunteering Helps You Get Ahead

Volunteering in the community provides huge payback in terms of reaching your career goals.

On Gap Years and Privilege

Gap years are often dismissed because they are associated with privilege. But, the story is more complicated than this, and those concerned with college success should look deeper.
Dr. Jim Taylor

5 Mental Tools for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in The Power of Prime
These five mental tools enable you to focus them entirely on what you need to do to perform your best when it counts most, namely, in your biggest competitions of the season.
J. Brasse

K-9s and Cops: A Softer Side

Law enforcement agencies that attend to the nuances of human-dog psychology will get best results and higher satisfaction from their K-9 units.

10 Ways to Step-Up Your Ability to Stick-to-It

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 22, 2016 in Cravings
Do you give up before you reach your goals? Take it a step at a time.

Do You Have a Micromanaging Boss?

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work? You may have a micromanaging boss.
Joao Silas/Unsplash

Forget About Single-Minded Goals, Focus on This Instead

Is the pressure to eat, sleep, and breathe one goal conducive to achieving more? Read on to learn why this common goal-setting strategy may not be best for most people.

A Message to Clinton, Trump and Sanders

We need high goals. We need lofty aims that give us hope, lofty things we can set out to achieve. A nation that looks up goes up. A nation that looks down.

5 Instant Energy Boosters You May Not Know

Your mental energy can sag in the face of tough challenges. It’s nice to know that your brain can release good feelings while you tackle challenges.

Globalizing Positive Psychology

Instead of researching well-being through culturally skewed self-reporting tools, let's focus on how our brain chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphin) work in animals.

Top 10 Ways to Gain Willpower

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
A buffet of tactics.

7 Strategies for Becoming More Productive

Whatever your aims, you can use these fresh, practical exercises and insights to work smarter, faster, and with less stress.

Overcoming Obstacles

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on May 12, 2016 in Pieces of Mind
When faced with obstacles, do you give up too quickly? Consider these steps to help you overcome roadblocks to your goals.
istockphoto: michaelpuche

Adult ADHD: 7 Tips to Energize Your Life

Do you have adult ADHD and struggling with just keeping up? Do you often feel tired?

Not Another Damn ‘How to Write a Resume’ Article?!

By Brad Waters on May 11, 2016 in Design Your Path
A cheeky look at the necessary evil that is resume writing. This stuff doesn't have to be boring!
Dr. Jim Taylor, with permission

5 Mental “Muscles” for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in The Power of Prime
You should think about your mind as made up of ‘mental muscles’, the same way you think about your body and its physical muscles. y

5 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
Do you frequently struggle with meeting your goals? Do you feel trapped in a rut where you're your own worst enemy? These are five common ways people sabotage themselves.

5 Steps to a More Creative You

Three recent works on creativity and innovation suggest similar approaches to a more creative you.

5 Things to Do to Heal Your Grief When a Relationship Ends

How to cope with the grief at the end of a relationship

How to Get Along with People You Don’t Like Very Much

As hard as you try, you may find it impossible to get along with certain family members, coworkers, or acquaintances. This simple guide will give you the tricks you need.

Does Everyone Have Longing? (A Response to David Brooks)

In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks makes claims about the role and presence of longing in human motivation that this author finds somewhat questionable...

Can You Bring Out the Strengths in Others?

Have you ever tried to motivate someone to realize their potential at work? Engage and energize your staff by discovering what’s strong, rather than just what’s wrong.

Emotional Makeover

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 08, 2016 in Cravings
What do you do when your head says "take care of yourself" but your heart's not in it?

How to Be the Perfect Perfectionist

Is perfectionism an asset or an obstacle to success?

Why Is Procrastination Even a Thing?

Are you a chronic procrastinator? Here's one way to keep moving.