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

How To Manage ADHD Without Drugs

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Think Well
Here are seven nonmedical methods that help people with ADHD.
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Why Change Is So Hard

Change is hard only if you think it's so.

Substance Abuse Counseling and an Arm Implant: A Good Match?

Is an arm implant for substance abuse really a good shot in the arm for substance abuse counseling? What counselors should know.
Car Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and Speed of Life

The demands of adolescence become more numerous as one grows because one must get up to speed to cope with the increased complexity of life.
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How to Only Do Things You Actually Want to Do

Can you remember the last time your to-do list was short enough to be, well, do-able? How about the last time you looked at your list and actually wanted to do everything on it?

What College Graduates Need to Do First—and Other Lessons

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Superbosses
What do college kids need to do to get a great job? What do great leaders do that other leaders don't? Let's ask someone with answers: Muhlenberg College President John Williams.
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Behaving Badly for Good Reasons

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in In Control
The key to changing unwanted behavior is to find and get to know that place in your mind where the behavior is not unwanted.
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For Athletic Success, You Pay Now or Pay Later

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in The Power of Prime
You’re going to pay for what you do or do not do in your conditioning in one way or another. You can pay now with temporary fatigue and pain or you can pay later in lasting regret.

Time Alone Saps the Willpower of People Who Are Neurotic

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Living Single
For some people, time alone is rejuvenating. New research shows that for neurotic people, just thinking about spending time by themselves can instead undermine their motivation.

The Pressures of Social Media: Should I Disconnect?

Some people talk about giving up social media as the answer to the always-on pressures of connectivity. A better solution is "Social Media Mindfulness."
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Why Is Someone Burning Homeless Men in San Diego?

A serial killer in San Diego is setting fire to homeless men. Why?

Is Serving Others the Key to Meaning and Purpose?

Are you going through the motions day after day without feeling fulfilled, and tired of not having a sense of meaning and purpose in your life? Serving others might be the answer!

What Motivates You to Succeed?

People differ in sensitivity to reward and punishment in pursuit of their goals.

The Poison Tendrils of Negative Emotions

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Don't Delay
A recent research summary argues that negative emotions poison every aspect of successful self-regulation. Understanding this process is key to understanding procrastination.

Why Pokémon Go Is the Future of Fitness

Pokémon Go will be the model for future fitness apps. The reason why? it's easier to move when exercise is a side effect of something fun.

Selecting a President

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in A Sideways View
How would you do a job analysis of the office of the President? What traits are basic requirements? What should you look for regarding dark-side traits that you don't want?

5 Ways to Get What You Want, on Your Terms

Always getting what you want is tempting, but also unrealistic. With some grit and goal-setting, you can get close.
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Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle Like a Champion

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Confidence is the most important mental muscle because you may have all of the ability to perform your best, if you don’t believe in that ability, you won’t use that ability.

Does It Matter Whether You Pay With Cash Or A Credit Card?

Research shows that pain of spending affects shopper behavior.

Activation Energy: How It Keeps Happiness at a Distance

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on July 10, 2016 in Happy Trails
Find yourself wasting your precious leisure time? A few simple changes can make a big difference.

Why Some People Undermine Their Power to Change

Do you sabotage yourself when you want to change? Here's how to stop giving away your power.

Where We Fail Our Children

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on July 09, 2016 in Shift Happens
Our kids are not prepared for life beyond high school. Is it our fault as parents? The fault of our schools? How can we fix this and give our kids the necessary tools for living?

Paleo Reality

The Paleo movement may be controversial, but at its core, it’s dead-on. Here’s why.
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5 Warning Signs That You Won't Succeed

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Fearless You
Warning: You might be sabotaging your success!

Meet Any Challenge With This Tip

If fear of or embarrassment from making mistakes stops you in your tracks, it's time to harness your inner resources.

The Best Book for Serious (And Humor) Writers

Advises Lerner, "If you are a writer, especially one who has been unable to make your work count or stick, you must grab your demons by the neck and face them down."

How You Think of Creativity Matters!

Are you too fixed in your beliefs about creativity?

One Motivational Technique Really Works (And It's Easy!)

A massive new study has pinpointed the most effective motivational technique for improving performance—and it’s incredibly easy.

How to Live a Purpose-Driven Life

How can you find purpose and meaning from a secular perspective?

Sacrificing Reality to Sexual Politics

By Marty Klein PhD on June 30, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
Exaggerating or inventing stories to bolster social justice movements will eventually undermine social justice.