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 Way to Enlist the Help of the Cosmos

By Susan Rako M.D. on February 08, 2016 More Light
Is there a way to extend a compelling invitation to Providence?

Why Grit Isn't Always Good for You

Although grit is usually associated with success, new research explains the potential downside of having too much tenacity.

Is It Ever Too Late to Exercise?

The more out of shape you are, the more pointless you may think it is to exercise. Research shows that anyone can exercise, and reap the benefits, regardless of age or fitness.

Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

Making Sense of the "Senseless" Crime

The search for a "motive" often leads to a dead end.

5 Tools to Convert Uncertainty Into Rocket Fuel

When handled correctly, uncertainty drives us toward intuitive right action—just like our bodies make us hungry so that we will nourish ourselves to survive.

Cultivating YES: 6 Strategies That Can Optimize Your Success

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Motivate!
Have you ever tried to persuade someone and had your request denied? Don't settle for "NO!" Using these 6 evidence-based strategies correctly may change the course of your life!

What Do Your Favorite Posters and T-Shirts Say About You?

Sure, I once wore messages on T-shirts. But after a certain age, I no longer wanted folks to read my bust-line in order to grasp my perspective on cultural and political issues.

The New Trick to Getting Someone (or Yourself) to Change

Whether you want to motivate yourself or someone else to do something different, research says this little trick is really effective.

Everyday Delusions of Success

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 The Human Beast
Clinical delusions involve a sharp break with reality. Delusions of everyday living are milder. They are a mark of psychological health and well-being.

Day 10: Tim Carey on Parenting Skills and Family Wellness

The future of mental health interview series continues with Tim Carey on parenting skills and family mental health

Competitive Parents and High-Performing Preschoolers

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on January 25, 2016 Once Upon a Child
How do you know how hard to push your child? You don't push. Period.

When "Fun" Gets Racist, What Should Schools Do?

Five ideas for creating the right conditions for safe and appropriate outcomes.

Every Day Can Be a Good Day of Sports Training

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 The Power of Prime
One of the most frequent comments I hear from the athletes I work with is: “I had a lousy day of training.” This statement is accompanied by bad-feeling emotions.

How Has Shame Influenced Your Life?

Do you recall someone telling you "you should be ashamed of yourself." Have you continued to "shame on yourself?" How will you let go of your false notions of shame?

Keeping Those New Year's Resolutions Going Strong

By Nieca Goldberg M.D. on January 21, 2016 Your Well-Being
New Year's fitness resolutions going limp already? That Netflix series you want to binge on can become your workout buddy.

Is Saving Money Part of Your Lifestyle?

Adopting saving money as a lifestyle that covers a broad set of activities undertaken regularly has financial benefits for consumers.

Regular Exercise—Along With Standing—Is the Key to Longevity

A new report confirms why sitting less and exercising more increases your longevity. If you need some motivation to kickstart an exercise regimen for 2016, read this post.

Why I Don’t Exercise As I Should

We don’t engage in treatment that is good for us if we don’t accept its mechanics or we don’t have a vessel for our positive feelings about the person treating us.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions—Part 2

Unsure if you can keep your resolutions for 2016? Here's how to increase the likelihood that you'll stay on track and reach those goals.

Figuring Out What You Really Want

We often want something not for its own sake but to achieve some other goal.

Albert Ellis: A Creative Revolutionist

How can one explain the creativity of Albert Ellis, a legendary psychologist?

What to Say When Your Kid Says "I'm Bored"

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on January 13, 2016 Inside Parenting
How can kids can be bored these days? Simple. They don't get enough free time to know what to do with it. It's a good problem to have. Give them time to solve it on their own.

Why Saving Goals Don’t Always Help Consumers

Research shows goals to save money can backfire, unless they are used carefully by savers.

Will You...?

By Polly Campbell on January 12, 2016 Imperfect Spirituality
You might be able to boost motivation by asking a simple question. Will you try it?

"I'll Do It Later" – Children's Academic Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 12, 2016 Don't Delay
Procrastination starts early in life and often centers around homework. Research highlights the role of motivation.

A State of the Union and Future We Can Believe In

Like many, I am eagerly awaiting to hear President Obama's final State of the Union address and I've been thinking of what I hope I'll hear.

The 3 Mistakes Companies Make Focusing On People’s Strengths

I’ve polled more than 3000 employees in over 65 countries to try and better understand how organizations are successfully developing their people’s strengths.

Overcoming BPD - 9 New Years Resolutions

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on January 09, 2016 On the Borderline
In dealing with the 9 symptoms of BPD, a regular mindfulness practice can make a lasting impact. Here are specific practices to deal with the 9 symptom criteria.

Grit Revisited

Does grit apply at the team level, and is team or collective grit more than the sum of the grit scores of the individuals who comprise the team?