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Motivation: 3 Elements Behind the Science {Best way to get things done now}

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Motivation

When it comes to success, there is one key component that may be more important than even such factors as talent, intelligence, money or connections. That elusive piece of the puzzle is motivation. After all, without this, nothing can be accomplished. You won’t reach your goals or meet your self-imposed deadlines without the motivation to take action toward them. Unfortunately, that motivation is often what is lacking in the fulfillment of desires.

We all have lists of things we hope to accomplish. These lists contain big goals, daily tasks and everything in between. Learning how to increase your motivation will boost the likelihood of checking more items off your list. Let’s take a look at the science of motivation and the ways to harness it to your advantage.

An Improved Approach to Motivation

Author Dan Pink writes in his best-selling book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, that the there are three components of motivation that compel individuals to get things done. His premise is that the traditional method of motivating ourselves and others using a carrots and sticks type of reward system is ineffective. Instead, he argues that the scientific approach to understanding the makeup of motivation provides a far better lens from which to view the subject. By understanding the factors that tangibly affect motivation, we can then develop strategies to increase it.

Three Elements of Motivation

The three elements of motivation Pink discusses in his book are autonomy, value and competence. It is these components, according to researchers, that drive people to become motivated.

  1. Autonomy refers to the amount of control or independence one feels over a task or action. It has been shown that when you feel that you have a significant amount of input regarding that task, you are more likely to follow through to completion.
  2. The second component of motivation, value, is the amount of personal significance or importance you place on a matter. In essence, if something matters to you on a personal level, you will feel more motivation to take it on than if you are simply given an assignment to which you feel no connection.
  3. Competence has been found to come from an individual’s feeling of mastery as it relates to practice and hard work, not necessarily to one’s natural abilities. If you spend time developing competence toward a particular goal, it is predicted that you will be more motivated to complete said goal.

Strategies to Increase Motivation

Now that you have an understanding of what matters most with regard to what motivates us, it’s time to consider some strategies to increase motivation. Using the concept of autonomy as a guide, let’s consider ways to add a sense of control or involvement into activities that need to be completed.

One way to do this is to take ownership of a chore or add some aspect of self-direction to it. If you are having difficulty starting a project such as submitting a paper for review, it may help to think of all the ways doing so will set you apart as an expert in your field. In doing so, you’ll see that turning in the paper is a necessary component to sharing your unique views with your colleagues.

To add value to your task, you want to make it meaningful or personal. Find a way to add purpose to that item on your to-do list. This involves changing your perspective or the way you look at that item. Completing your taxes is a dreaded chore for most of us, but you can add purpose to it by focusing on the work you’ve done that comprises the numbers on the page or the contribution you’ve made to your job and community through your efforts. Paying taxes is a symbol of good citizenry.

Finally, there’s competence. Feeling mastery over an act requires practice. Try to look at the job at hand as one in which you are working toward an end goal of skillfulness. For instance, you’ll soon see the treadmill as less of an adversary the more workout sessions you endure. So, along with the ultimate goal of getting fit, you’ll soon see each session become easier, leading to a feeling of accomplishment.

Motivation is not always easy to come by. However, with this knowledge of the science behind it, you can now pursue the steps required to achieve your dreams more effectively. Soon you’ll be mastering your goals, which will fuel your motivation toward future endeavors.


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Tired, Stressed, Overwhelmed, and Not Moving Forward? – 5 Easy Ways to Regain Your Life

You Aren’t Alone – Regain Your Life

Do you constantly find yourself feeling tired, stressed, and overwhelmed? Are you stuck in a rut? Well, don’t feel bad because you aren’t alone. People throughout the world are finding themselves in a very strange and uncomfortable place. They are physically and mentally exhausted because of the stress caused by what seems to be our new normal way of life. Nothing seems to be easy anymore and we are having to find ways to redesign every aspect of our life to accommodate all the changes. It is time to regain your life!

Unless you have been living on a deserted island with no access to the news and your electronic devices, you know that COVID-19 has spread throughout the world. It has been affecting all aspects of our lives, from our health (physical and mental), to our business and career. Things that had been moving so quickly and easily in the past seem to be standing still or even moving backwards. We run into roadblocks everywhere we turn.

What is utterly amazing how so much of what we do (or don’t do) and the choices we make are interconnected. One decision or life choice can affect many areas of our life (physical and mental health, business and career, and self-esteem). This applies to positive and negative choices. Once we understand this and pay attention to what we are doing, we can make subtle changes in various areas of our life and these changes combine with one another to improve our holistic health and wellness. Here are five things we can do to regain your life.

Five Ways to Regain Your Life

  1. Reduce your stress, take back your health, and regain your life. Stress is a wicked beast! It affects not only our mind but also many areas in our body. It can cause us to be chronically fatigued, gain weight, raise our blood pressure, and make us lose focus. All that creeps into other aspects of our life because it causes us to stop moving forward.
    1. Meditate, practice Yoga, exercise, and focus on the positive things in your life.
  2. Improve your diet. A healthy diet not only helps us lose weight; it also improves the way our body functions. Surprisingly, it also helps reduce our stress. An often-overlooked benefit is that once we begin feeling and looking better, our self-confidence gets a boost, and that helps us to focus and get things done.
    1. Start by cutting out the junk foods and sugary drinks then introduce more natural foods like fruits and vegetables. Whole foods (not processed) and organics are the best things to eat and they provide the biggest benefits to our health.
  3. Get organized. Nothing can kill our momentum and make us feel overwhelmed more than being disorganized. Scattered thoughts and processes often cause us to become overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin. This in turn gets us stuck and unable to move forward. The next effect is increased stress and then its byproduct, becoming ill. Time to regain your life!
    1. Use a planner and digital calendar. Documenting your schedule and tasks is a quick and easy way to get and stay organized. It allows you to remember what you have on your plate for the day, deconflict events, and gain efficiencies because you are able to prioritize and group tasks, which makes them easier to accomplish.
  4. Work smarter, not harder. No, I am not advocating being lazy. What I am talking about is becoming methodic in the way that you do things. We have access to so much technology these days and we must leverage it so we can work smarter instead of harder. Planning out what you need and want to do and then taking advantage of awesome tools people have developed can take a huge burden off of you because you have a way ahead and do not need to constantly reinvent the wheel. Leverage someone else’s knowledge and expertise so you can work smarter instead of harder.
    1. Use templates and printables. There are templates and printable checklists for just about everything you can imagine. You can use templates and checklists for setting up and running a business, keeping your home and family organized, and even planning your day. I have even seen many printables for keeping kids happy and learning. Now THAT is a great stress reliever!
  5. Join a group with like-minded people. They say strength is in numbers, and I believe it is true! Having people who understand what you are going through and who have the experiences gained from being there makes all the difference in the world. Simply having someone to talk to can make a world of difference in how you feel. Sharing your knowledge and experience is a great stress reliever and it also helps one another cope with life’s challenges.
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To Sum it Up

I just listed what I think are the top five ways to stop being chronically tired, reduce your stress, stop feeling overwhelmed, and regain your life but there are certainly ways out there. Follow my two blogs for other helpful tips and tricks for improving your holistic wellness (body, mind, and spirit), helping you get your business going and growing, and navigating through life’s challenges. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, come visit these awesome blogs, and sign up to follow us so you never miss a thing.

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#1 Best Reason Why Everyone Should Use a Planner

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Why Everyone Should Use a Planner

You might be aware of the basics about using a daily planner, but have still not
discovered the many benefits. Take a look at the reasons why everyone – including you – should start using a life planner.

It Helps with Time Management

Do you find that there is never enough time for everything? If so, it is probably because you are not scheduling your time effectively. This happens when you just run constantly, going from one thing to the next, without really thinking about everything as a whole.

Using a planner allows you to schedule each event, appointment, errand, and task so that you know what to expect and don’t run out of time. Set specific due dates and deadlines for everything to help you stay on track, and have extra time left for yourself and your family.

You Can Improve Your Productivity

This is important for your personal and professional life. While many people think of productivity as it relates to their job, you also want to be productive at home. This might include getting your cleaning and home organization finished or working on projects you keep putting it off. Regardless of what it is, planners help you to stay on track with each individual task you need to complete and encourages you to move on to the next one effectively and efficiently.

They Provide Excellent Stress Relief

Stress has many forms, but one thing they all have in common is that it comes from
being overwhelmed. You are often stressed due to a hectic schedule, having too many demands, or just putting too much on your plate. Outside influences do also affect your stress level but think of how different it could be when you actually have time for everything and are able to seamlessly go from one responsibility to the next without having to worry about missing something, being late, or having to back out at the last minute.

There are a Multitude of Health Benefits

As you might imagine, planners help you stay healthy in a wide range of ways. It helps your physical health by helping you track things like diet and exercise, you can schedule regular doctor and dentist appointments, and make sure you are getting enough fresh air and vitamin D by scheduling days spent outdoors. You get mental health benefits by reducing stress and anxiety, and even having journaling pages for when you just need a good brain dump.

More Time for Creative Activities

Another benefit of using a planner is that because you are sticking to a schedule for all the mandatory responsibilities, it leaves a little free time for your artistic endeavors, whether that means working on a hobby or trying something new.


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