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Common Advice Scientifically Proven To Kill Motivation

Common Advice Scientifically Proven To Kill Motivation

Some people say that to keep your motivation high you need to review your progress frequently.  Others say you should keep your eye on the prize and notice the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Is one of these perspectives right and the other wrong? It turns out that psychologists have studied this question and their answer was surprising to me. Each of these ways of thinking about your goal can reduce motivation or increase…

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How To Do Anything Better In Just 30 Seconds

How To Do Anything Better In Just 30 Seconds

Would you like to know a simple trick that can allow you to perform better in just a few seconds? The answer has to do with stereotypes. In one study researchers Jochim Hansen and Michaela Wänke from the University of Basel decided to test the effects of thinking about stereotypes to see how they affect performance. Specifically they wanted to know if thinking about stereotypes of skilled people would help improve performance. So they took college students and had them…

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How To Gain The Critical Mindset Proven By Science To Make You Successful

How To Gain The Critical Mindset Proven By Science To Make You Successful

Did you know that there is a critical mindset that’s proven to make you more successful?  I’ll tell you exactly what it is today and how to develop this mindset. This critical mindset was discovered by Carol Dweck of Stanford Univeristy.  She found that how you think about abilities like intelligence—whether they can be developed or are fixed can influence how successful you are for the rest of your life. She calls the belief that abilities are fixed the fixed…

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How To Increase Persistence In 60 Seconds

How To Increase Persistence In 60 Seconds

Would you like to know how to increase your persistence in just a few seconds? Research done by Ronald Friedman and Andrew Elliot at the University of Rochester shows how. They asked two groups of people to solve an unsolvable anagram.  One group was asked to place their hands on their thighs.  The other group was asked to cross their arms. The ‘hands on thighs’ group spent only 30 seconds on the anagram.  The ‘arms crossed’ group spent 55 seconds…

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