I am a big fan of the TV show The Biggest Loser. I love to watch people tackling what seems to be an overwhelming challenge and then succeeding. One of the best success strategies they use on the show is also helpful if you’re contemplating a major change on the job front, whether you want to return to work for the first time in years, change careers or launch a major project.
It’s what I call “small steps motivation,” and I employ it often with the clients of Act Three, my career coaching and consulting firm in Cincinnati.
Here’s an example: In a recent episode of The Biggest Loser, one of the contestants had to lose 300 pounds. But whenever he thought about the fact that “I have to lose a whole person,” he got discouraged and was ready to quit. The long-term goal seemed insurmountable. Bob, the show’s trainer, gave him smart advice: “Just think about what you need to do tomorrow. The rest will take care of itself.” Read more
Achieving our goals is seldom easy. It’s why knowing how to stay motivated is so incredibly important when it comes to getting what we want in the long term. And in a world with more distractions than ever before — from non-stop web access to constant texting — it can be all the harder to stay focussed and not just give in to what’s easier in the moment.
I’ve often struggled with motivation, whether it’s been related to my career, my health, or just getting better at a hobby I enjoy. And while it’s not always the biggest deal (it’s not really all that vital that I learn to play my favorite song on the ukulele by my birthday), sometimes it really worries me. I don’t want to be filled with regret at some point down the line because I didn’t follow through on something I really wanted, and I also don’t want to feel like I failed at achieving the things that are important to me, all because I couldn’t manage to stay on track when it really counted.
Because this is a topic that matters to me, I delved into some pretty serious online research, as well as checked in with an expert, to find the absolute best ways to stay motivated in life. If you’re looking for ways to help yourself achieve your goals, here are 11 tips that should help. Read more
We’re halfway through the year and how many of you are still as focused and enthusiastic to achieve the goals that you set yourself back in January?
I suspect there will be many of you who have become discouraged, are doing things half heartedly, or have even abandoned your goals all together.
Why do so many of us do this? Start the year so enthusiastically, with focus and determination, only to find a few months later, the enthusiasm has waned, we’ve lost motivation and we’re still no further forward to what we want to achieve.
If this is you, here are 5 tips to help you put some zest back in your approach so that you can motivate yourself to take the action needed to make the second half of 2016 more productive and successful than it has been so far. Read more
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” — Calvin Coolidge
So you got off-track with your goal. It happens. Behavior change takes time and perseverance. Research on people who quit smoking, for example, shows that it takes several attempts before they finally quit for good. Beating yourself up over a short-term setback will only keep you stuck. Instead, forgive yourself, and use these five tips to start fresh today. Read more
By Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
The psychology of motivation applies to all of our behavior, from the way we tend to our physical needs to the uplifting inspiration we seek from our loftiest pursuits. Revolutionizing the study of motivation, University of Rochester psychologists Richard Deci and Edward Ryan introduced Self-Determination Theory (SDT) as a way to understand how we can get the most satisfaction out of various realms of behavior from jobs to relationships. Read more
What is it that keeps you from doing what you want to do in life? Not enough time? Stress? Fatigue or low energy? Feeling depressed? Poor health? Not feeling up to the challenge? What is it for you? What if I could show you one thing that would change all of that? Would you be interested? Read more
By Ted Baeur
I’m super interested in habit formation and setting goals — although I wouldn’t necessarily call myself very good at either — because I think in some ways it’s the cornerstone of human existence. (That sounded deep.) After all, 45 percent of what we do in a given day is ultimately habit — which means that 1 of every 2 things you ever do is something you habitually designed yourself to do — and setting goals is supposed to be the big thing that keeps us on course. Thing is, these topics right here can seem daunting as all hell. Who wants to worry about forming habits and setting goals with all the other big things we need to do in a given day?
But what if we could make it simpler? Read more
By Jeff Cohen
What is the difference between those who speak of lofty goals, and those who actually achieve them? One of the main differences between those who realize their goals and those who don’t seems to be the implementation of realistic timeframes. Setting a realistic timeline can be an excellent way to spur you to activity, to keep you on track, to help you avoid pitfalls, and ultimately, to achieve your goals with as little difficulty and sacrifice as possible. Read more
By Brad Paul
Those who succeed in achieving their dreams always have one common characteristic. They never give up. This isn’t an attitude that they develop toward the end, it’s a mindset that they establish from the beginning and nurture throughout the process.
Here’s are 18 ways to never give up on your goals and dreams. Read more
As a small child, I always had big, wild dreams. I would make a cake using a Betty Crocker mix and imagine that I would grow up to be an amazing chef. I’d attempt to paint a flower, and imagine that I was going to be the best artist in America. I’d write a short picture book, and dream of being the next J.K. Rowling.
But as I grew up, those dreams seemed farther and farther away. I lost interest in art and cooking, and it began to feel like being as great as J.K. Rowling was an unrealistic goal. I still had dreams, but they were smaller dreams, like dreaming I would get my first piece of writing published. I was also cautious about these dreams — I didn’t want to be let down if I didn’t achieve my goals. Read more