“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...]

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...]

3 Must-Have Books for Developing Discipline, Getting Organized, and Having a Better Life

Recently, I announced that I was starting a personal journey in search of discipline. Like you, I just want to be happier and more fulfilled in life. But procrastination and being disorganized often drags me down. I've suspected for a while that if I could get more organized and be able to stay on top of projects and not forget about them or lose my focus, my whole life would rise up to the next level. Well, I've started that journey and I'm already noticing a difference. I'm not quite ready … [Read more...]

In Search of Discipline – A Personal Journey

This blog post is a little different today, because I'm not here to give you solutions or strategies. I'm not here to share the latest scientific or psychological techniques to help you with discipline. This is a subject about which I can't give you the answers, because I don't know them. Discipline has been on my mind a lot lately. Lack of discipline is something I've struggled with for many years. It's not that I don't have any because in some areas of my life, I do - like checking my email … [Read more...]

Sometimes You Don’t Need Motivation

Lately, I've been thinking about some projects I've been procrastinating on. Overall, I'm a pretty motivated guy, but I don't apply motivational techniques to everything in my life that needs to get done; to everything that I'm procrastinating on.  Why? Because I know that if I do, it will only be a quick fix and the project will end up right back in my lap again, only to then have to deal with it at a later time. Even if I get it done, it won't address the core issue behind my … [Read more...]

Get Motivated at Home Like You Are at Work

Have you ever said, "Why am I so much more motivated at work then I am at home?" Ever wonder why you can get yourself to wake up early and go to work every day, even if you hate your job, but you can't get yourself up early on the weekend to do a special project at home, even when you actually want to do it? Why are you able to stick to deadlines at work but you can't stick to them at home? If you're like me, the goals you set outside of job-related goals, are more important, but it seems so … [Read more...]

How Low Self-Esteem Affects Goal-Setting

I recently posted a Motivation Quick Tip on the Behavior and Motivation Facebook Page. This prompted an interesting conversation that I thought exposed some important points about low self-esteem and how it effects the way you set goals. The following is a transcript of that conversation. Motivation Quick Tip:  Better to focus on one goal that means a lot to you, then many goals that are only casual desires. Shawn:  Scott, see if you agree with this definition: Low self-esteem is defined … [Read more...]

Drive the Speed Limit & Win Money – The Fun Theory

Here is yet another brilliant example of how to motivate people to change their behavior! Pay attention to what the folks at Volkswagen are doing. They are changing the behavior game. If you want to understand motivation in a whole new way, watch and learn. What about you? Are you having trouble figuring out how to motivate a group of people? Leave a comment to share your challenge and maybe we all can brainstorm some ideas? Let's have a little fun here. … [Read more...]