Note: This is a guest post from Mike Reeves-McMillan of How to Be Amazing To achieve great things – to achieve anything – you need to understand how motivation works. The thing is, our minds don’t work the way we often think they do. (It’s the Inigo Montoya effect: “You keep using that mind. I don’t think it works like you think it works.”) Therefore, there are some very popular motivational techniques that sound plausible, but are actually counterproductive if you don’t know exactly how to use them. Here are five of these techniques. For each of them, I’ve given an alternative that does work to produce more motivation and more goal achievement.
Note: This is a guest post from Gregory Peart, M.Ed. of socialupgrader.com Do you possess all the traits of a good communicator? Even if you do not, that doesn’t mean you can’t aspire to. Are there areas you know you could work on? Could you be better at telling stories? Are you slow to reveal information about yourself? Are you hesitant to offer opinions? Studying great communicators reveals a lot of commonalities. Conversations are driven by two main forces – you need to do something, or you want to share information. Shy people tend to view conversation as a means to accomplish something and thereby keep it at a more serious / literal level. Good conversationalists enjoy the act of conversing itself – of sharing information, of small talk and deep talk, of telling funny stories, of learning about each other. Good conversationalists, first and foremost, can quickly express their opinions, interests, hobbies, likes/dislikes, favorite things, and memorable stories. If you can’t do that, you may have work to do.
Note: This is a guest post from Nate Klemp, PhD, of LifeBeyondLogic.com The American Philosopher Henry David Thoreau mastered the art of break taking. For him, the world of work was like a prison. “This world is a place of business,” he insisted. “It is nothing but work, work, work.” Breaks were his path to freedom. Without them, life lost its value. “If I should sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society,” he said, “I am sure that for me there would be nothing left to live for.” But break taking is not only good for our souls. Strangely enough, it’s also good for productivity and work. If my mind is well rested, I can do four hours worth of work in an hour. If my mind is tired, even the most trivial tasks take significant time and effort.
In August last year I wrote about expanding my personal capacity. I wrote about how – for about two years – I didn’t take new challenges and just kept doing what I had been doing. As a result, I didn’t expand my capacity. Of course, that’s not a good situation to be in. So, realizing that, I began to work on a new challenge. I’ve been working on it since then and by now I’ve been working on it for several months. What I didn’t tell you was what the challenge is. Well, now I’m ready to tell you about it :) My New Challenge As you might know from my About page, I have a background in computer science. Coding is one of my passions. However, I had been neglecting that passion for years and pursued my other passions instead. I still worked as a lecturer in information technology but there was nothing else I did. I didn’t have any project nor learn new technologies. In short, I just left my coding potential unused.