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

Jack Daly on Living by Design

By Isaac Lidsky on November 16, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
To get there, you must understand where “there” is, and plan your route.

Building Up Your Resilience Muscle

By Michael F. Kay on November 16, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event or overcome a series of obstacles that have gotten in the way of an individual achieving their goals.

On Dreams and Artistic Ambition

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in The Literary Mind
We are most creative when we dream. How do we convert that fluidity to waking life?

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

In Teaching, Every Moment Counts

By Julia Moeller Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Passion 101
Malleable or fixed: To what extent can student motivation be influenced by teaching strategies and to what extent is it determined by fixed student characteristics?

How Maslow Got Cool

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Self-actualization has emerged as a common goal among more psychologically secure baby boomers, and it is something that will become even more prevalent in their third act of life.

The Manager Who Has Engaged Employees

What is the secret to having engaged employees?

52 Ways: What Motivates Others Who Threaten a Relationship?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 12, 2017 in Life, Refracted
A couple's relationship can be threatened by others. To minimize potential damage, explore conscious or unconscious motives that a third party might have.

Prehab vs Rehab Mindsets for People with Cancer

If you are looking for antidote to cancer recovery through rest, consider adopting the prehab mindset.

On Being "Triggered": How Emotional Memories Affect Us

We cannot erase emotional memories, although we can be aware of what activates them and the interpretations we make.
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Have Goals, Not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals act as motivators to help them become successful

Insecurity May Enhance Your Ability to Detect Dishonesty

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Insecurity is related to the ability to detect dishonesty. Your suspicions about your partner´s dishonesty may reveal the honest truth about you.

The Flavors of Everyday Anxiety

The blending of fear with other emotions produces the variety of ways in which anxiety is felt.
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Seven Pathways to Thriving

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 08, 2017 in What Matters Most?
New research reveals key personal enablers of thriving in life. Learn these seven pathways and the ingredients that can help you create them.

Why Is It So Hard to Change Minds?

Ever wonder how to change someone's mind about climate change or vaccines? An evidence-based technique from substance abuse treatment may be the answer.

Harvard Epidemiologists' Rx: Moderate-to-Vigorous Exercise

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Harvard study on the long-term benefits of aerobic exercise reports that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may reduce mortality by up to 70 percent.

Can You Create a Magical Workplace Culture?

Do you wish that you could change the culture of your organization? What does it really take to create a culture of motivated, high-performing employees?

Why Automating Retirement Savings May Not Be Enough

By Utpal Dholakia on November 06, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
Participants in automatic retirement savings plans are saving at rates far less than the recommended percentages.

How New Relationships Can Shift Your Priorities

By Samantha Joel on November 05, 2017 in Dating Decisions
What are the consequences of having conflicting goals with a new romantic partner? Is the relationship doomed, or is there room for compromise?

6 Ps for Sports Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in The Power of Prime
The area that will probably make the biggest difference in whether you perform your best occurs before you even enter the field of play, namely, your attitude toward your sport.

Take the Stairs in a Busy Airport? You Will if You See This

By Meg Selig on November 01, 2017 in Changepower
"Hmm, should I take the stairs or use the escalator?" This creative research will help most people make the decision that's best for their health.

Metacognition and Motivation

By Karen Ethridge Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Cognition Cafe
Thinking in a fast-paced society will often leave you wondering, "how can I process all this information at once?" Thinking about "how you think" may give everyone clues to use.

What's Your Innovation Mindset?

Is your perspective on creativity lifting you up––or weighing you down?

Gambling With Natural Disasters

Life’s a gamble, but are you gambling with your life?

The Most Nutritional Meal You Can Feed Your Kids

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Thicken Your Skin
Do you know how to make your kids grits?

A Fresh Take on “Stages of Life”—It Can Change Your Life!

Creating stages for development is the greatest gift we can give to young people.

5 (More) Ways to Ruin a Perfectly Good Relationship

Relationships can be ruined in multiple ways, particularly when they involve intimate partners. These five things can cause important non-intimate relationships to turn sour.

What Every New Leader Needs to Know

Workplaces that allow the human spirit to soar are not that hard to create. Here is what every new leader needs to know.

18 Ways to Start a New Career Without Incurring Massive Debt

By Brad Waters on October 23, 2017 in Design Your Path
Employers are complaining about an abundance of job openings and not enough qualified candidates to fill them. Here are 18 ideas for getting experience, training, and education.
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Make Your Sports Goal Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Goals offer two essential things that fuel your motivation: 1) a clear destination for where you want to go; 2) a road map for getting there.