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

Excellence Gaps In Education: A Major, But Solvable, Problem

Are talented but disadvantaged students performing lower than their full potential? And if so, what can we do to help them?

Deadlines and the Pacing of Creative Projects

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
What pacing best gives your creative process the space and freedom it needs?

9 Holiday Resolutions for Sanity, Safety, and Joy

By Meg Selig on December 06, 2016 in Changepower
Why wait for the New Year to make a vow to change? To give yourself the gifts of comfort, joy, and sanity, try these 9 Holiday Resolutions on for size.

Even If You Fail....So What?

By Megan Dalla-Camina on December 06, 2016 in Real Women
What would you put your heart and soul and time and energy and love into, even if you had no guarantee of success. What would you do even if you failed?

A Farewell to Reality? Illusion in the 2016 Election

By Brenda Berger Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in Hearts and Minds
Are you still shocked and confused about the results of the presidential election? Here are some thoughts about what might have been behind the outcome.
Bobby Hoffman

Are Your Self-Beliefs Grounded in Reality or Fantasy?

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in Motivate!
Making critical life decisions based on flawed information can be treacherous to personal and professional growth. Reaching your goals requires dispelling motivational myths.

Cheat to Keep or Cheat to Reap?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Consumed
Are people more likely to behave unethically to avoid falling behind or to get ahead? New research has the answer.

Why Narcissists Feel They Need to Look So Good

It’s well known that people high in narcissism have an endless need to look good. What’s less clear is why. A new study sheds light on why, and how, narcissists seek to seem ideal.

How to Get Past Fears, Setbacks and Failures

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Making Change
It’s easy to be self-critical and feel demoralized in response to fears, setbacks, and failures. But you can choose a different path of feeling stronger and achieving your goals.

4 Questions to Ask Before Wearing a Safety Pin

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Considering wearing a safety pin? Make sure to ask these 4 questions to avoid the hidden dangers of wearing the pin!

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.

3 Steps to Getting What You Want

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Intentional Insights
A research-based approach to getting what you want out of life.
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What's Your Political Mindset?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in The Clarity
Need a change in political outlook? A few mindset tips can help.
K. Ramsland

Power Assertive Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers are motivated by anger and the need to harm those they think have wronged them. Todd Kohlhepp appears to be in this category.

5 Lessons About Success from Nobel Laureates

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Nobel laureates are frequently asked their secret to winning a Nobel Prize. Read what guest blogger David Pratt learned by examining laureates' lives.

10 Essential Tips for Long-Term Love

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 18, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Strategies that will help you transform the initial feelings of love into a life-long relationship.

Save Your Thanksgiving With Multi-Minute Cooking Videos

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Screen Time
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. You are thinking: "What do I do with this turkey?!" Cooking videos may boost self-confidence, as told through social cognitive theory.

Financial Morbidity

By Michael F. Kay on November 17, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
The idea of financial morbidity is aimed clearly at those who possess an inability to deal with their financial lives to a degree that their financial security is put in jeopardy.

Election 2016: Hate Trumps Love

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
Despite the protestations of Clinton supporters that Love Trumps Hate, psychology tells us, and the election bares out, that Hate, as a form of fear, trumps Love.

Why You Should Never Prepay for Any Product or Service

Marketers love it when consumers prepay, but it often has unintended consequences that harm consumers.

The Thin Line Between Passion and Obsession—Part 2

7 ways to protect healthy passion from becoming harmful

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.

What Leaders Can Gain From Ideas of Mental Health Counseling

Despite plenty of research about core characteristics of competent leadership, few realize how leadership can benefit from learning the rules of mental health counseling.

Positive Thinking? Overrated

The science of WOOP - a counterintuitive approach to achieving your goals.

What to Do When You Feel Like a Failure

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Making Change
When you hold a negative image of yourself, every mistake or setback can feel like proof that you will fail. But nurturing self-acceptance can help keep you on the path of success.

Exercise During Pregnancy May Benefit Kids' Long-Term Health

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Staying physically active during pregnancy may benefit the long-term health of a mother's offspring, according to new research on mice.

Why Don't We Save Enough for Our Retirement?

Uncertainty about “the Number,” competition from other goals, and misunderstanding growth are big obstacles.
K. Ramsland

This Week in Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A new textbook in forensic psychology that focuses on homicide offers an updated and substantive reference.

Are They Up to It? (And Up for It?)

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in A Sideways View
There are two essential questions to ask when thinking of promoting people at work.

Do We Even Understand the Other Side?

Political discussions would go better if we were less biased. That said, here's a skill that will lead to more productive political discussions, even if we remain biased.