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December 24th, 2009

STEAM Tip: Social Support

by Dr. Brian Higley | 4 comments

The people that we chose to surround ourselves with can have a profound impact on both the types of goals that we set and how often we achieve these goals.  If there are any goals that you are struggling to complete on time or at high levels of quality, you may wish to increase the amount of effective social support (and/or decrease the amount of ineffective social support) that you experience in relation to those goals.  Here are a few steps that have helped people to recruit effective social support into their lives: (more…)

December 23rd, 2009

STEAM Tip: Time Perception

by Dr. Brian Higley | 5 comments

If there are any goals that you are struggling to complete on time or at high levels of quality, you may benefit from thinking about how much time you believe that you have for completing activities that can help you to achieve these goals.  If you do not perceive enough time to achieve a certain goal, you may wish to think about how to set the goal in a way that is more sensitive to your time constraints.  Here are some ways in which to do so. (more…)

December 22nd, 2009

STEAM Tip: Enjoyment

by Dr. Brian Higley | 3 comments

Sometimes people give up on working toward goals because they do not enjoy engaging in activities that lead to goal-achievement enough.  If there are any goals that you are struggling to complete on time or at high levels of quality, you may wish to increase your enjoyment levels for the activities necessary for the achievement of those goals.  There are many ways to increase enjoyment for activities; different things work for different people at different times in their lives.  Here are some methods that have helped people to enjoy the process of goal-pursuit more robustly. (more…)

December 21st, 2009

STEAM Tip: Accessibility

by Dr. Brian Higley | 2 comments

Sometimes very simple things can create very powerful outcomes; the problem with simple and powerful methods of increasing satisfaction and success is that we may fail to notice and/or implement simple solutions to big problems.  If there are any goals that you are struggling to complete on time or at high levels of quality, you may benefit from thinking about how to address a simple, but often powerful method of promoting success: increasing your access to materials or information necessary for regular achievement of your most important goals.  Goal-setting in ways that boost accessibility to  important resources can be a critical ingredient to success; here are some methods of increasing access to important materials/information in ways that can promote high-quality goal achievement: (more…)

December 20th, 2009

STEAM Tip: Motivation

by Dr. Brian Higley | 3 comments

Motivation is to humans what an engine is to a car; if the engine is not operating well, the car will not get where it needs to go as efficiently as it could and may waste a lot of energy (and create long-term damage to the car) along the way.  If there are any goals  that you are struggling to complete on time or at high levels of quality, you may benefit from a “motivation tune-up” from time to time.  Here are some things to consider as you look under the hood to check out the engine that drives what you do. (more…)


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