As we approach the New Year I always try to think of ways to make the coming year better than the last. This means first reflecting on the past and second look ahead to the future.
This year, my family and I will be following our New Year’s ritual by setting resolutions for the coming year.
One of the key aspects of our ritual is looking back at the previous year to see how we did against our goals. It can be a lot of fun to look back and see what we accomplished and what we did not.
I’ll share with you that one of my goals for this year was to consistently deliver content on this Blog. I believe this is one I can comfortably check off as complete. I’m truly grateful for your interest in my Blog and look forward to providing you with even more value in the coming year.
It can be difficult to stay focused and consistently create content ever week, but it’s very rewarding when I see all of you enjoying these articles. I am sure you can appreciate how staying motivated can be a challenge. That is why Today I wanted to share a Ted Talk that was given on December 5, 2013 by Scott Geller.
Scott Geller PHD is a Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He has authored more than 350 research articles and over 75 books or chapters addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life.
His talk on The psychology of Self-Motivation is a fun and interesting perspective on how we can break through mental blocks that prevent us from achieving more.
He walks you through three clinically proven questions that you must answer to feel empowered to take on a task and discusses the psychological differences between being motivated to avoid pain and being motivated to achieve pleasure.
He gives a warm and entertaining talk using anecdotes from his youth to illustrate his points. I hope you find it as entertaining as I did and that it serves to help you find motivation for all of your goals.
I wish you and your family the best of everything in the coming year. Happy New Year.
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