Why Setting Goals The S.M.A.R.T. Way Doesn’t Always Work

I was listening to an audio book recently and the author was talking about setting goals and how important it is to set a date for accomplishing your goal. He said that setting a date will keep you motivated by knowing the deadline is coming up. I have to disagree. I've set deadlines for many goals, only to watch the dates come and go. Also, I've known many people who have done the same. There isn't any magic in setting a date for a goal. Motivating yourself to accomplish any goal means … [Read more...]

One Simple Habit To Help You Beat Procrastination

If you were like an octopus and you had eight hands, could you be more productive? Sure, it sounds like a great idea, but having more hands isn't going to mean you'll know what to do with the extra ones. How about if you could somehow squeeze 30 hours into a 24-hour day, would that make you more productive? Again, just having more time but not having productive habits isn't going to magically help you to get things done. Bad habits lead to poor results. If you struggle to use your time more … [Read more...]

Change Your Behavior With A 30-Day Challenge

All of us, at one time or another, have a specific behavior we want to adopt or to change. One of the best ways to do this in a short amount of time is with a 30-Day Challenge. You've probably heard of the concept of a 30-day challenge and maybe you've even tried one. The 30-day challenge is the kind of tool that everyone should have in their toolbox. If you haven't heard of it or need a refresher, here's an introduction and some suggestions for using them effectively. 30-Day Challenge Basic … [Read more...]

“I Have No Real Love or Passion For Anything”

QUESTION: Hi Scott. I have been reading through all of your posts and your content is really excellent! I do have an issue though. You see, I have no real love or passion for anything. I want to do things in my life. I have always wanted to go and maybe even move to the U.S.A. even though I have never even been there. :) I also want money and I know this is a big factor in many people's motivation but I want to use the money to get to America and live "The Dream". My problem is I just can't … [Read more...]

“How Can I Recover When I Slip Up and How Can I Keep From Slipping Up in the First Place?”

Question: Scott, I’ve had several slip-ups lately concerning my personal goals. The most recent slip up occurred when I was attending a baby shower. I knew they were going to have alcohol, but I had decided to not drink as I usually have my “splurge day” on a Friday or Saturday evening and the shower was on a Thursday evening. As soon as I got there, everyone had a beer or wine glass in their hand, so I went ahead and got one too. I really like beer and wine, so I just couldn’t resist…and as … [Read more...]

When Goals Get in the Way

I admit, I'm pretty motivated and driven to accomplish some goals in my life. That doesn't mean I live and breathe every moment for those goals. It does, however, mean that I make tough choices so that I'm making my goals a very high priority, as they should be. Why do we set goals? Obviously, we hope to make our lives better in meaningful ways. Some goals have the potential to radically improve our lives, while others may just offer a little happiness or a bit of sunshine in an otherwise … [Read more...]

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...]