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

Solve 5 Baffling Problems Using the Latest Psych Research!

By Meg Selig on October 17, 2017 in Changepower
You've got problems. The latest psychology research has answers. Learn to: Look more attractive, ease depression and anxiety, decide when to socialize and when to work...and more.

What Is Your Role in Your Relationship?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Compassion Matters
Couples get into trouble when one person takes the role of a parent, and the other, the role of a child. Breaking down this dynamic can reveal how it's hurting our relationship.

ADHD Kills Motivation

By Adam Price Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
ADHD may kill motivation but I will show you how to provide life support using the most powerful tool you have: the parent-child relationship.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene: 7

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Notwithstanding the uniqueness of human beings, a focus on the broadest timescale of analysis reminds us that evolution unites Homo sapiens with all other living systems.

Getting Sentimental Could Increase Your Savings

By Brad Klontz Psy.D., CFP on October 12, 2017 in Mind Over Money
How can we harness positive, emotionally charged memories to develop a deeper incentive for saving?

Does Cutting Taxes Sap Productivity?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in The Human Beast
The bigger the government, the more productive the workers.

How to Manage a Type A Boss

Having a competitive, Type A boss can be challenging, but can also be rewarding—if you manage things.

How Helping Others Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A new study shows that thinking of others' well-being may be more beneficial than trying to boost our self-image.

The Pressure to Be Perfect

Perfectionistic thinking is different from having high expectations and a drive to do a good job, in that the pressure to be perfect brings with it a host of negative thoughts.

Finding the Motivation to Change

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Making Change
When you feel stuck in negativity or are unable to make personal changes, you can learn to move forward and succeed through developing compassionate self-awareness.

Machiavellian Marketers

Bad marketing sometimes snares the gullible, but most of us are savvy enough to avoid cons such as “eat all you want and still lose weight!” It’s the good marketing that lures us.

The Weekend Effect

Is your work dragging you down? Here are some possible reasons why and what you can do about it.

Big Shot

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
A wealthy gambler uses an arsenal and a casino hotel to kill 58 concert-goers and himself, wounding hundreds. His actions can help us understand what it means to be human.
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3 Reasons Why People Refuse to Help Others

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Motivate!
Suffering and tragedy bring out the best and worst in humanitarian effort. Why do some generously volunteer time and money, while others flatly refuse to help those in need?

The Secret to Changing Eating Behavior, for Good

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on October 03, 2017 in #BeHerNow
Whether you can successfully change your eating habits depends on why you want to change them.
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Lifting the Fog of Fear

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
The film of your life is still being shot.

Why Does the Man Without Fear Become a Loner Among Heroes?

Why is the superhero nicknamed "the Man without Fear" arguably the biggest loner among Marvel superheroes? Do both disability and ability make Daredevil distant and disconnected?

How Does Coffee Help Alleviate Depression?

Coffee may help alleviate depression by preventing inflammation to the brain and by making dopamine signaling in the brain more effective.

Does Power Impact How We Perceive Emotion?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
Power plays a role in how effectively we recognize emotion in others.

Elevating the Patient Voice: The Value of Hope

By Joanne Buzaglo, Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in The Patient’s Voice
Hope is key to our existence, to our ability to persevere, and to achieve goals. We discuss the value of hope for cancer patients.

Why the Fear of Disappointment Is Detrimental to Your Life

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Living Forward
For many, giving up on their desires, hopes and dreams is preferable to coping with disappointment. Learn 3 ways to stop the fear of disappointment from limiting you.

Am I Talented Enough?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Creating in Flow
You have big artistic aspirations. Knowing what and who to ask can help make your vision a reality, with some fine-tuning.
 Ashlee Rezin, Chicago SunTimes

To Kneel or Stand: The National Anthem

By Michael B. Brennan PsyD on September 26, 2017 in The War Within
Would you kneel or stand?
25 Great Quotes About Callings

25 Great Quotes About Callings

By Gregg Levoy on September 26, 2017 in Passion!
Here are some of the most inspiring and entertaining quotes about finding and following a calling

Why Do People Helicopter Parent?

Helicopter parenting is on the rise. Why do parents do it? New research identifies three reasons why parents are overinvolved in their children's lives.

When Love Is the Driving Force in Work

The classic debate in motivational psychology is whether people will work harder for what they love or what they're paid for. The newest research shows why love trumps money.

Another Example of Less Teaching Leading to More Learning

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Williams identified the "worst" boys in a city of 300,000 people. He allowed them to pursue their own interests rather than attend classes, and here's what he found!

What Is The Secret To Building A World-Class Team?

By Peter Bregman on September 25, 2017 in How We Work
Learn how to spot and develop potential captains on your team, why real leaders aren’t always the ones giving locker room speeches, and the benefits of strong middle-management.

Why Giving Up Can Sometimes Be Good

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Supersurvivors
As children, many of us were told, “Never give up.” But new research shows that giving up on a dream can sometimes be the healthiest option.

Adam Grant on Leadership

By Isaac Lidsky on September 25, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
See through “delusions of certainty,” encourage and reward givers, and foster accountability for your motivations.