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

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Fail

By Caroline Beaton on May 25, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Not only is this kind of failure spiral common; it's biological.

12 Keys To A Great Self-Relationship, Starting Now

Self-care is where it's at, but it doesn't mean being selfish or overindulgent. Learn to have a great relationship with yourself. It's a long-term project, and you won't regret it.
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My Best Advice for Graduates: 12 Tips for a Happy Life

What advice would you give to a graduate?

Gutsy Third Person Self-Talk Utilizes Your Vagus Nerve

Excessive first person "self-talk" can increase egocentric bias. That said, using "non-first-person" pronouns and your own name has been found to promote healthy self-distancing.
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Five Tips and Skills to Manage Your Time That Actually Work

In today’s hectic, connected world it seems like we should be busy 24/7 just to keep up. Learn how to honor your goals and protect your time so you can achieve them.

How Trauma Impacts Us

Hold onto your dreams.
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How to Deal with Boring or Mundane Tasks

We know that using character strengths can give a boost to well-being and a leg up on stress, so why not use them for dealing with those in-between moments - the mundane or boring.

Passion 101

By Julia Moeller Ph.D. on May 15, 2017 in Passion 101
If you are wondering what passion is all about, whether you should have one, and why not, passion 101 has answers.
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Adolescents, Parents, and the Power of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem not only defines a person, but that definition can influence perception and motivation to the good or not so good.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Take an Earlier Train

By following through on promises, responding to what a loved one needs or wants, not making assumptions, and thinking of consequences before we act, we show love with sensitivity.

Want to Come Up With Brilliant Ideas? Do This 1 Thing First

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on May 13, 2017 in Adaptation
The key to creativity is building a culture that stimulates people's intrinsic motivation in the work they're doing.
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The Real Reason Meetings are Unproductive

By Al Pittampalli on May 11, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
The psychological explanation for mediocre meetings may surprise you.

How to Reach Higher Goals by Lowering Your Expectations

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Paul Hamm had been training for this specific competition for a decade; he was on the road to a gold medal. And after his fall, the way he gets back up is inspirational.

You are Never Too Old to Learn a New Language

What are the challenges and rewards of learning a new language? Ann Patty, author of "Living with a dead language: My romance with Latin", tells us about her recent experience.

Keeping Patients Safe

Have you given enough thought to what's necessary to stay safe during a planned or emergency hospital visit?

The Best Way to Satisfy a Narcissist's Need for Pride

Pride is one of those double-edged emotional swords that can go before your downfall or help you achieve your goals. New research shows when it’s most likely to help, not hurt.
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Warning! Don’t Expect to Be Motivated by Motivation

Instead of thinking about motivation, I argue that we should think about aims, and then concrete, practical, realistic steps to take us closer to our aims.

Between a Molehill and Mount Everest

Recent studies confirm that in matters of personal motivation and satisfaction, it’s not whether you win or lose; it's how hard you have to play the game.
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Leaving the Road to Hell and Getting Back on Track

By Thomas Webb Ph.D. on May 08, 2017 in The Road to Hell
Can being kind to ourselves help us to get back on track?
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The Pitfalls of Goal Setting

Goal-setting gone wrong can actually result in less happiness, which is the exact opposite of why we set them in the first place.

Five Counterintuitive Ways to Benefit From Psychotherapy

Are you running out of ways to make therapy more useful? Try these approaches.

What Motivated Donald Trump’s Presidential Ambitions?

What happens when a billionaire seeks leadership and the limelight?

Teaching Large College Classes With a Smile

Professors sometimes are asked to teach large sections of classes. Does this format compromise the experience for students? Not necessarily. Here are some tricks to help.

Developing Drive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in How To Do Life
The best approach to increasing motivation depends on what’s suppressing it.

Seed

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in How To Do Life
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What Makes the Arrogant Person so Arrogant?

Arrogance is a trait that we associate with overconfidence and a tendency to be brash. An innovative study shows how power plus narcissism fuels the arrogant individual.

Why Customers Often Don’t Get What They Want

It’s because companies & consumers define the concept of customer value differently.
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Seeing the Bigger Picture Can Promote Self-Control

From a distant perspective one sees the forest, but from a proximal perspective one sees trees.

Religious and Rational?

Can you be religious and rational? A United Methodist minister provides his answers to that question!

Competing Commitments Part 2

If you are one of the countless numbers of people who have had difficulty achieving your stated goals, you are not alone. Don’t take it personally; it’s not your fault.....