How to Get Motivated: The Science of Achievement through Motivation

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“How to get motivated” is something that I do not spend a lot of time talking about here on Develop Good Habits. It is not that I think motivation doesn’t play an important role in successful habit change, but I that feel systems, rituals, and routines play a more essential part than motivation. But motivation … Read more

Reactive vs Proactive: 6 Habits to Be More Proactive in Life

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of being proactive is the NYC firefighters on 9/11. They embody the idea of being proactive. They took it upon themselves to think strategically without wasting any time, they didn’t let feelings of being overwhelmed impact them, and they just went for it when they … Read more

Realist vs Visionary: 8 Examples of How These Personalities Differ

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What is your personality like? Are you someone who is more of a realist? Or, are you someone who is more of a visionary? Are you someone who tends to focus on the practical? Or, do you want to dream big even if you might fall short? These questions describe the fundamental differences between what … Read more

21 Songs About Freedom and Living an Independent Life

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“It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong. And whoever attempts it…proves that he is probably not only strong, but also daring beyond measure.” – Friedrich Nietzsche This powerful quote from Nietzsche reminds us that living an independent life is never easy. But there are … Read more

21 Comfort Zone Challenges to Grow as a Person

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Do often feel afraid to try new things because you’re nervous or scared? If so, then one strategy that can help is regularly push past what’s known as your “comfort zone.”  And the simplest way to do this is to build a habit where you regularly introduce comfort zone challenges throughout your week. In this … Read more

9 Examples of Self Awareness Throughout Your Life

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As you go through life, you want to place yourself in the best position possible to be successful. This may include landing that perfect job, getting into graduate school, having a positive impact on those around you, or all of the above. The only way that you are going to be able to place yourself … Read more

The Hawthorne Effect: 5 Examples to Positively Impact Your Life

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Have you ever had a job where the “big boss” or perhaps a board member or someone else significant to the company would stop by the office from time to time, causing the staff to quickly straighten up? Or, think back to when you were doing behind-the-wheel testing if you have your driver’s license. Did … Read more

How to Use the Zeigarnik Effect to Improve Your Life

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The Ziegarnick Effect is a phenomena where people tend to remember unfinished tasks better than completed tasks. This simple psychological phenomena has an large impact on self improvement. By understanding how to use the Zeigarnik Effect you can improve your life in many ways. Such as: Better Recall Increased Motivation Decreased Procrastination Improved Test Scores … Read more

How to Stick to a Daily Routine (7 Principles to Consider)

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If you’ve tried to establish daily routines and failed, don’t feel bad. Your struggle is a common one—and something you can overcome it if you understand the psychology behind daily routines. You see, there are many underlying reasons why you might have failed with building routines in the past. Once you understand why these failures … Read more