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

Talking About The Things That Matter

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 20, 2018 in Emotional Fitness
When the two of you can spend the entire night talking, you know this is someone you can spend a lifetime with.
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9 Proven Strategies to Help You Change Problematic Behaviors

By David Susman, Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in The Recovery Coach
Use science-based tactics to tackle those pesky bad habits.

Why Leaders Treat People Unfairly

5 reasons why leaders treat others unfairly and what to do about it
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Fight Emotion With Emotion

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Science of Choice
An important way to enhance self-control is to use our emotions to achieve challenging goals.

Why Are Others So Successful in Making Lifestyle Changes?

Want to change your life? Three simple findings from the scientific literature may help you.

A Winning Combination For a Successful Life Change

It’s important to set goals that align with our interests.

Five New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Mental Health

This time of year is marked by the making of (and breaking of) resolutions. Set yourself up for success this year.

Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live

A new book takes us into the consulting room through stories in warm and clear prose.

Working Toward Psychological Health

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Pieces of Mind
When working with individuals with an overcontrolled personality style and treatment resistant disorders and/or chronic loneliness, it can be difficult to prioritize goals.

He’s Pavlov and We’re the Dogs: Learning and Human Behavior

The science of learning has more fully developed the nature and function of Pavlovian conditioning than is commonly believed. This form of learning is vital to adaptive behavior.

How to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Keep It in Mind
Worried that your New Year's resolutions won't last? Here are three tips to make them stick.

A New Way to Understand Procrastination

You may think you’ll never get over your tendency to put off the tasks you’d rather not complete, or even the ones you’d like to start, but new research suggests how to try.

Keeping Up Your Chops

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Resilient Leadership
Leadership is a journey and also a performance. Preparing for those performance moments is real, doable, and produces brain growth.

The Mental Strategy to Help You Keep Your 2018 Goals

By Mariana Plata on January 08, 2018 in The Gen Y Psy
Is goal-setting overwhelming for you? Here's the mental strategy that well-regulated people do to maintain their goals.

In the Digital Age, Why Voyeurs Prefer to Spy in Person

Even in the digital age, prying eyes prefer to spy in person. The thrill is in catching an unauthorized view of unsuspecting victims.

The Influence of Romantic Partners in Weight Loss

Resolve to lose weight in 2018? Consider how your romantic partner might help or hinder your efforts.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be Your Own Boss?

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Motivate!
New year, new job! If you want to start a business, work for yourself, or be your own boss you must also embrace these skills to be successful.

Why the Same Old Thinking Gets You the Same Old Results

By Linda Esposito LCSW on January 03, 2018 in From Anxiety to Zen
Beginnings are filled with newfound energy, promise and dreams of a better future. But lofty goals often get in the way. A few mindset shifts can change all that.

The Right Kind of Praise May Boost Academic Performance

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Singletons
Do you use person praise or process praise with your children? The distinction is important.
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Three Tools For Making Lasting Change

Looking for some strategies for personal transformation? When science meets wisdom traditions, the recipe is one for success.

Be Quick, But Not in a Hurry

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Black Belt Brain
This is a quick read about life is definitely as a journey, not a destination. It's important to take the time needed to slow down and be mindful in motion.

2018 Awareness Calendar

It only takes one person to make a difference - just think of what thousands can do.

Why You Should Not Share Your New Year's Resolutions?

When we talk about our goals to others, our brain is tricked into thinking that the goal was achieved. As a result, it stops investing energy in or inhibit actions toward our goal.

Need Motivation to Exercise? Science-Based Facts Can Inspire

By Christopher Bergland on December 31, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Did you make a New Year's resolution to exercise more in 2018? Science-based knowledge of how physical activity optimizes your quality of life is a terrific way to stay motivated.

The Appeal of Unequally Distributed Tax Cuts

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in The Big Questions
Do people want less, if it means other people don't get more? How do studies testing this potentially relate to the support (or lack of support) for Trump's new tax cuts?

Positive Psychology in Martial Arts

Martial arts does not just teach us how to kick and punch. It provides a strong basis for living with positive psychology foundational principles.

6 Relationship Resolutions for the New Year

Resolutions and goals to help you find love in the new year, or improve your existing relationship…

Review, Rejoice, and Plan

Having a plan, even a simple one, for the next year will give you goals to work toward and a way to feel better about your life.

How Friends Help and Hinder Our New Year’s Resolutions

By Miriam Kirmayer on December 30, 2017 in Casual to Close
Looking to keep your New Year's resolutions? Teaming up with a friend can make all the difference, as long as you avoid these traps.

Ambiguity at Work: Friend, Foe, or a Bit of Both?

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
Chasing creativity in the workplace –– what's ambiguity got to do with it?