If you want to accomplish what's important to you, discipline and willpower won't get you where you need to go. In this iconoclastic new book, Susan Fowler reveals compelling insights and actions to help you master and maintain your motivation.
Motivation is at the heart of everything you do and everything you want to do but don't. Unfortunately, the ways we typically motivate ourselves don't work. Relying on sheer determination eventually becomes exhaustingit's not sustainable. And even setting goals can backfireif you're not setting them for the right reasons.
Susan Fowler says motivation is energy, and what matters is the quality, not the quantity. Traditional "motivators" such as fear, guilt, or the promise of a reward provide low-quality, short-term energy. Drawing on the latest empirical research, she proves that high-quality, optimal motivation is a skill that you can learn and apply.
Science tells us that satisfying three basic needsfor choice, connection, and competenceis essential to optimal motivation. You need to feel like you've picked your path, not that you're being driven down it. Your goal should be linked to people or a purpose meaningful to you. And you want to continually learn and grow.
Through practical exercises and eye-opening stories, Fowler shows you how to identify and shift the quality of your motivation. The skill to master your motivation is importantit may be your greatest opportunity to evolve, grow in wisdom, and be the light the world so desperately needs.
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About the Author
Susan Fowler has thirty-five years' experience as a consultant, coach, and global leader in the field of personal empowerment. She is the creator and lead developer of the Ken Blanchard Companies' Optimal Motivation product line and author of Why Motivating People Doesn't Work . . . and What Does, as well as the coauthor of six books (three with Ken Blanchard). She is also a professor in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program at the University of San Diego.
Table of Contents
Foreword Jean-Paul Richard Jacques Forest v
Introduction-Why Motivation Science Matters 1
Part 1 The Truth about Motivation 5
1 Three Scientific Truths 7
2 Motivation Isn't What You Think 17
3 Create Choice 24
4 Create Connection 30
5 Create Competence 37
Part 2 Motivation Is a Skill 43
6 Identify Your Outlook 47
7 Shift Your Outlook 68
8 Reflect on Your Outlook 88
Part 3 What's Stopping You? 109
9 I Can't Shift 113
10 Beware Fatal Distractions 126
11 Work Hazards 139
12 Can People Change? 150
Afterword Ken Blanchard 159
About the Author 177