The Unofficial Guide to Motivation

I have something to share with you. It's big! In fact, it was over 20 years in the making. Okay, not actually 20 years of labor, but it took over 20 years to decipher the motivation code. I'm talking about something radical, and potentially life-changing. Today is the one-year anniversary of Behavior and Motivation. And to celebrate, I have released The Unofficial Guide to Motivation (abridged edition). And it could change your life! Today, most websites offer their best content in the form … [Read more...]

“How Do I Stick To My Goal?”

Question: Scott, I often find that when I set goals which involve a routine, I become a bit lazy about sticking to it. For instance, if I tell myself that I will practice learning a language for 30 minutes each day, I might skip a day, or start doing 20 minutes. And then I think “well, I've been rubbish at sticking to it this week... How about I just scrap this entire week and start afresh with the routine next Monday." It seems like I get stuck constantly 'starting again' because I wasn't … [Read more...]

Think Differently – Solving Old Problems in a New Way

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ~Albert Einstein   This is such a simple idea but the real genius of this Einstein quote is what it's saying if you read between the lines. If you're like most people, when you have problems, you follow the same old patterns of thought to solve them. But what Einstein was saying is that you need to learn how to think differently if you want to truly solve your problem. Here's an … [Read more...]

Motivating with Token Reward Systems

Over the years, I've successfully used points, stickers, stars, candy, and other various tokens to motivate kids. A token economy (which is the more formal name for a reward system using tokens) can be very simple or deeply comprehensive. But no matter how simple or complex, it can bring remarkable results. For example, I was a self-employed piano teacher for ten years. During those ten years, I created a point system for motivating my students to practice every day. If you've ever taken … [Read more...]

Critical Reasoning: The Best Life Skill Ever!

If you really want to improve your life, it would help if you started figuring yourself out. I know...it sounds crazy, right? Each one of us is like a giant puzzle of epic proportions. Each puzzle piece is a clue to how we think and why we make the choices we make. And hidden within this mega puzzle is the map of our lives. But learning to decode yourself will also help you understand what's behind your motivation or why you sometimes don't have any. All the mysteries of our own behavior can … [Read more...]

The Real Story Behind Why You Can’t Quit Smoking

At any given moment, there are hundreds of thousands of people trying to quit smoking. Likewise, there are countless numbers of people who are giving in to the temptation to start smoking again after going a few hours, days, weeks, or even months of not lighting up. I'm guessing that millions of people attempt to quit smoking every year, and every year, the urge to start up again is just too powerful to ignore. If you're a smoker, you might be expecting to read about typical things like the … [Read more...]

I Hope You’re Satisfied

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it!" ~Margaret Thatcher How wonderful it is when you can feel "supremely satisfied," as Margaret Thatcher put it. For me, every evening I assess my day to evaluate how productive I was. When I feel a bit anxious as I try to fall asleep, I know that I could have done better. If I can relax and feel content, then I know I spent … [Read more...]

6 Tools to Help Beat Addiction

Recently, I've turned my attention to addiction. This is a subject that I have yet to fully take apart. Because I know people who are struggling with addictions of various kinds, and because I sometimes get just a little hooked on sugar and carbohydrates (especially in the form of chocolaty goodness) and find it difficult to turn off those urges, I'm very curious about addiction and the behaviors that support it. Since I've only just begun my examination, I don't have much to go on just yet. … [Read more...]