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G Factor: Gumption (2 in a 7-part series)

  Used with permission. Copyright Rick Cooper. How often do you try new things?  Do you persevere when things don’t go as you planned or hoped?  If you didn't answer YES! with conviction and without hesitation you might be falling short on Gumption. Wait, wait, wait. When I was a young girl, I was told

6 Questions: Energy and Productivity

When we listen to the natural cadence of our bodies and plan our activities accordingly, we are able to maximize the outcomes of our efforts.  Without knowing our energy cycle we find ourselves fighting to manage the simplest of tasks.  Answering the following questions will help in understanding your natural energy cycle so you can

4 Ways to Stay Motivated During Change

I won’t lie to you by telling you that staying motivated during change is easy.  It isn’t.  Change can be exhausting and scary because of its inherent uncertainties.  In 2008, I was laid off from a faculty position at a 2-year college.  It was a job I put my heart-and-soul into for 5 ½ years. 

4 Self-Motivation Situations

Last week we delineated between Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation.  This week we use what we learned and apply it to common situations in which we need to motivate ourselves. Situation 1: Wake up on wrong side of bed.  Sometimes we simply wake up in a bad mood.  If we don’t shake it, we carry our

2 Types of Motivation

To begin our month-long series on motivation, I think it is important to start with foundational information we can build on over the next three weeks.  So, let’s begin! Motivation can be categorized into two basic types: intrinsic and extrinsic. What is Intrinsic Motivation? Sometimes referred to as ‘internal motivation’, this type of motivation is