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Do Not Fear The Light

Written By: docmac - Apr• 16•17

Do Not Fear The Light

 

Intrinsic Motivation- What Is It

Written By: docmac - Jan• 24•17

What Is Intrinsic Motivation?

What motivates each of us can vary from one individual to the next.Motivation can be as diverse as people themselves.  Causes and effects of motivation are also multi-faceted.

Some are motivated by money, time, deadlines, relationships and fear.

What motivates one person may not even stimulate the next individual in the same situation.

Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from within us rather than some outside force.

He or she is motivated by the sheer pleasure of a task or the sense of satisfaction of working on a task and its eventual completion.  It doesn’t matter if there is no monetary or physical type of reward.

If a person is intrinsically motivated he works on a problem or job simply because it’s enjoyable.  He works to seek a solution but enjoys the trip not necessarily the destination.  The work is not done for payment or reward.

Some students are intrinsically motivated and enjoy the research and homework for the love of learning and not for the grade they receive. Students with this type of motivation tend to do very well.

Motivation can be short lived if it comes from the wrong stimulus.When we finally achieve motivation at times it’s short lived because it’s the wrong stimulus to produce

When we finally achieve motivation at times it’s short lived because it’s the wrong stimulus to produce lasing results.  Stimuli can come from deep inside the mind and soul or be strictly the possibility of being rewarded.

Stimuli can come from deep inside the mind and soul or be strictly the possibility of being rewarded.

In everyday life, a good example is a person who works a crossword puzzle, a word jumble or a jigsaw puzzle.  They enjoy the challenge of learning and achieving knowing that when the puzzle is complete there will be no reward other than self-satisfaction, which is enough.

There are cases where intrinsically motivated people do seek rewards in order to make a living or finish a class but external rewards are not enough to keep them interested.  It takes a challenge for a person to pursue money or good grades because reward alone is not satisfying. It’s apparent that intrinsic motivation is very desirable, but few fall into this category.  Most students,

It’s apparent that intrinsic motivation is very desirable, but few fall into this category.  Most students, teachers and others need external rewards to keep them motivated.

The following factors promote intrinsic motivation:

Challenge

Control

Curiosity

Fantasy

Cooperation

Competition

Recognition

Challenge allows a person to work toward a meaningful goal.

Control allows one to control what happens to them.

Curiosity stimulates the desire to learn about something.

Fantasy turns learning into a game by using mental images rather than things actually present.

Competition lets a person feel satisfaction by comparing their performance to others.

Cooperation and recognition bring satisfaction and appreciation from others to the motivator.

Extensive research has shown that intrinsic motivation is merely described as what people will do just for the love of doing it.  They’re not working on the task or job to receive any form of external inducement.

 

Maintain Focus Throughout The Day With These Tools

Written By: docmac - Nov• 01•16

Maintain Focus Throughout The Day With These Tools

Staying focused throughout the day can be hard. There are some things you can do and some tools you can utilize that will make it easier to concentrate and get things done. Here are five tools that will keep you focused throughout your busy day.

Plans, Lists, And Outlines

One of the best tools to help you stay focused is a piece of paper and a pen. Use this to make sure you stay on track and always know what you should be working on. Make plans, draw up outlines and work with lists. A Daily to-do list or a checklist for a particular project can be a great tool to help you stay productive and focused throughout the day.

Timers and Deadlines

Work will expand to fill the time you allot it. Because of that it’s important to set deadlines. Figure out how long it should take you to do a particular task, or even an entire project and come up with some deadlines for yourself.
A kitchen timer, or a countdown timer on your phone can also be very helpful. Set it for 30 to 45 minutes and get to work. When the timer goes off, get up, move around, give yourself a short little break and then sit down for another focused session of timed work.

Exercise

It may be weird at first glance to think of exercise as a tool to help you focus, but it can make a big difference. Not only does it give you a bit of a mental break and is just overall healthy and good for you, a little bit of exercising throughout your workday also gets the blood flowing, makes you breath harder, and as a result, gets more oxygen into your system.
The next time you feel stuck, or unproductive, get up and move around. Do a few sit-ups, or take a quick walk on your lunch break. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much of a difference it can make.

Clean Food and Plenty Of Water

What you eat is just as important. Eat a healthy diet and fuel your body with good, clean food. Don’t overdo it at lunch. You don’t want your body to be so busy digesting that big plate of pasta that you feel like you need an afternoon nap. Eat a healthy breakfast, keep it light at lunch time, and then enjoy your dinner.
Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can cause headaches and keep you unfocused for hours on end.

Rest and Sleep

Last but not least, make sure you get plenty of sleep and enough rest and relaxation. You can’t stay 100% focused all the time. Give your brain a rest, do something relaxing you enjoy doing and of course get a good 8 hours of sleep at night. This will help you stay focused when it’s time to buckle down and get work done in a sustainable way.

30 Day Fitness Challenge

Written By: docmac - Nov• 01•16

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6 Ways To Improve Your Productivity

Written By: docmac - Nov• 01•16

6 Ways To Improve Your Productivity

Productivity is defined as the measure of the efficiency of a person in converting inputs into useful outputs. It is computed by dividing the average output per period by the total costs incurred.improvingproductivity

 

 

 

When measuring the productivity of yourself, one of the costs you need to consider is the cost to your health. Caffeine and other stimulants are not the answer to increasing your productivity. Instead, try implementing some of the six tips below.

1. Stop Multi-Tasking: When you are trying to do many things at once, you are losing productivity. Instead, focus on one task at a time and complete it before moving on to the next. On that same note, cut back on your to-do list by making sure only the important tasks are written down. You don’t need to have thirty items on your to-do list to make it look impressive, cut it back by 50% and you will find yourself accomplishing more.

2. Take Breaks: Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center evaluated the lifestyles of over 17,000 of male and female subject over a period of 13 years. They found that 54% of those people were likely to die of heart attacks. This was because most of them were sitting for most of the day. Taking a break and going for a daily walk will get your blood moving and increase your energy while making it easier to focus.

3. Tackle The Challenging Tasks First: The challenging tasks are the ones that are going to take more time to accomplish and are usually the ones that don’t get done. By accomplishing these tasks first, you are going to be tackling them while your brain is at its freshest, and you will be left feeling a sense of accomplishment which will make it easier to tackle the rest of your to-do list.

4. Schedule Your Day: If you are the kind of person who likes to check their email continuously throughout the day, and keep up to date on social media, block out time specifically to do that and turn off the alerts. If you are dropping everything to check up on your email and social media every time you get an alert, you are going to be constantly distracting yourself from accomplishing your tasks and will end your day feeling as though you accomplished nothing. Setting out a specific time to watch television, read a book, or meditate will also help you balance your self-care along with the things you need to accomplish.

5. Take Time To Prepare For The Next Day: Mornings can be chaotic, the less you have to do before you have to be out the door to start your day, the smoother your day will go and the more you will be able to accomplish. Decide what you are going to wear the next day, prepare your lunch and even set up the coffee maker so all you have to do it flip it on before you head to the shower. Don’t respond to emails, or check your social media. Take the morning to focus on yourself and set yourself up for a successful day.

6. Sleep Early And Wake Up Early: You are going to be significantly less productive if you stay up late and wake up early. Doing this will result in you feeling lethargic and your brain will definitely not be working at its best. Getting enough sleep will help you function at your best and promote your productivity.

By taking steps to change your habits slightly, you will soon be able to not just accomplish more in the run of a day, but also be able to feel healthier and happier while you do it. Implementing even just one or two of the above tips into your daily life will show you just how easy it is.

3 Steps To Boosting Your Self Esteem

Written By: docmac - Nov• 01•16

3 Steps To Boosting Your Self Esteem

At some point in our lives, almost all of us encounter periods of low self esteem.

A number of things can contribute to a loss of self esteem. Low self esteem can impair our ability to move forward in life, due to lack of confidence, poor motivation, no desire, feeling hopeless, depression, anxiety, and not having a support group.

Unlike most real world problems, self-esteem isn’t always the easiest issue to solve, and can often be difficult to talk to others about.

There are many activities to help people overcome their self-esteem issues.

The following are three steps to achieving a higher self esteem:

1. Eliminating Negativity

People suffering from low self esteem tend to focus on the things they do not like about themselves. They do not seem to be able to see all the good in their life and what they have to offer.

So, the first step is to make a list of all the positive things in your life. What you do or happens on a day to day basis that makes you feel good about yourself  and the day.

Sitting down and physically writing these positive notes will make you focus more on the things that are going well in your life,

Writing down events or traits that you like about yourself will also show you what makes you happier and when your mood is elevated, which could lead to more positive habits if you continue to chase these positive moments and traits.

After making a list of what you like about yourself, it is time to start setting some short term goals.

2. The Goals

These goals can be about anything you desire that will make you a better person.

These goals can be anything such as becoming more fit and healthy, improving your diet, learning a new thing everyday, taking up a new hobby, making new friends or reconnecting with positive people from the past.

Making the goals as small as you want will increase your chances of achieving each goal.

Achieving small goals will make you feel better about yourself, boost your confidence, and motivate you.

You will begin to see your self esteem rise with every small accomplishment

Getting on the treadmill or walking for just five minutes when you have been living a sedentary lifestyle can be a major achievement. Each time you step up on the treadmill or put on your walking shoes will boost your confidence and you will soon find yourself going for six minutes, then ten minutes feeling a sense of accomplishment.

If you have trouble meeting people because of a lack of confidence that you will not know what to say or talk about then start out by going alone to a place you would like to meet and writing down a topic you wound like to discuss. This could be at a restaurant, the park or even your own back yard.

Do not make the list so long that the individual  feels they are being interrogated.

If your self esteem has been down for an extended period of time you probably have been letting things go personally and around the house.

If you have piles of paper, dishes stacked up, yard that needs mowed the thought of tacking all of those can seem overwhelming. The best approach may be to break each task down into smaller task and spend 15 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour on those task each day until completed.

Mow a portion or all of the front yard one day and the back yard on another day.

Clean a section of one room per day until you have completed that room then move on to the next.

The key is to perform task that will make you feel good about yourself when completed.

These smaller goals will pick up the momentum to grow your self-esteem even faster.

After acknowledging your positive traits, things that are going well for you, and achieving wins for yourself, you now have the ball rolling, and it’s time to reward yourself as the third self esteem boosting activity.

3. The Reward

Go do something that’s fun or relaxing for yourself because rebuilding your self-esteem is not an easy task.

Go out and reward yourself with new clothes, a manicure or anything that makes you feel good about you.

Rewarding yourself will improve your mood and help eliminate some of the negativity in your head.

Low self esteem or loss of self esteem leads to a vicious cycle of incomplete task, neglected relationships, and poor self. Breaking that cycle requires you to start somewhere and keep moving forward one small step at a time until you are back up on top of the world or the place you really want to be.

Breaking the cycle will improve your mood and help you look at all aspects of your life in a more positive way.

 

Investing In You

Written By: docmac - Aug• 31•16

Investing in You

If you are not investing in personal development, you may be limiting
your true potential.

Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life.

It’s amazing how many people don’t try to improve themselves.

These are the same people that wonder why they are not getting anywhere with their lives.

The following guidelines will help you get started improving your personal development:

Imagine How You Want to Shape Your Life

Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you
want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want
professionally as well as personally.

The two will ultimately overlap.

If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will
become part of both. There may be certain aspects of your personal
development that you believe are specific to personal life but may
eventually carry over to your professional life.

If you have wanted to increase your skills as a community leader, this could easily be
incorporated into your professional career.

The key is to identify and imagine what this new skill is going to look like.

Assess Your Current Situation

Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand
with your life as it currently exists.

Determine strengths and weaknesses to help you formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.

Set Goals

Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some
goals to strive to complete.

These should include high level goals as well as action steps.

Most important, set milestones with firm dates for these action steps.

Consider Alternatives

There can be valid reasons why certain actions or goals can’t be met.
Instead of abandoning the entire personal development plan, come up
with alternatives steps. Be careful not to simply fall back on these
steps because they are easier than the main goals.

Evaluate How You Are Doing

When you reach a milestone, see how you did against the plan of action
steps. This is a crucial step, and it’s important to be realistic and
truthful.

The best way to handle this is to have someone else perform
this for you. It may not be easy to hear, but the benefits will be
well worth it.

Keep it Simple

If you add a bunch of unobtainable goals to your plan, you are likely
setting yourself up for failure.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to push yourself. It just means being realistic about your
capabilities.

What is the Most Passive Form of Income?

Written By: docmac - Aug• 31•16

What is the Most Passive Form of Income?

 

 

Passive income is income that you earn while you sleep and while you travel. Essentially, it means that you are no longer trading ‘time for money’.

In conventional employment, you need to work a set number of hours in order to earn a set amount of money. This means that you can’t earn money unless you’re putting in the hours. But passive income means that you do the work upfront and then the money trickles in steadily. This then means that you’re able to decide when and how you work – and if you’re really good at it, it may mean you don’t have to work at all…

How is this possible? Read on and you’ll see some examples. Moreover though, we’re going to look at what the most passive form of income is and why some options aren’t quite as passive as they may at first seem.

Earning Money From a Blog

One of the most popular options when it comes to earning money passively is to earn from a blog.

Most blogs are monetized either through advertising or selling digital products. This means that you earn money either when someone clicks on your ads, or when someone buys the product you made/recommended. Once you have built your blog up to enough prominence, you should have a steady influx of traffic without having to do much to keep it that way.

The only problem is that you also need to keep adding new content, to keep promoting your site and to keep managing the comments/responding to fans. So you’ll have a lot of flexibility here but there are some ways in which it isn’t quite as passive as it might at first appear.

Dropshipping

Perhaps a better option is something called dropshipping.

This means that you’re selling physical products through an ecommerce store but the twist is that these aren’t products you actually have around your warehouse. Instead, you’re selling products that another company manufactured and stored but they’re letting you put your name on them. They even send the products out but your customers never know that it’s not you who’s doing it.

In many ways this is an ideal business model but it does still require some management on your part to keep the website updated, to promote your store and to handle complaints and queries.

Selling a Digital Product

We’ve seen that selling a digital product can be a good way to monetize a blog for somewhat passive income. But if you can find a big distribution platform, then you can actually sell even more products without having to put the work in yourself.

For example, put an ebook on the Kindle store and it will sell copies even while you’re sleeping once you’ve done the initial marketing. An app can also be an overnight sensation and keep a steady influx of cash coming in for years.

The only problem here?

You of course need to think of that great idea in the first place to crack the market!

The Most Powerful Control Is Control Of Ourselves

Written By: docmac - Aug• 31•16

The Most Powerful Control Is Control Over Ourselves

 

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The Greatest Discovery- Person Can Change

Written By: docmac - Aug• 31•16

The Greatest Discovery 

If you want to change…

Change Your Attitude

 

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