EPISODE 406: How Successful People See the World

I ran out of laundry detergent last week and couldn’t motivate myself to walk 20 steps to the store to buy more. Why?

I can lecture for hours, interview an author for the podcast, answer 70+ emails, and spend time with all three of my kids in one day, but the laundry detergent errand felt impossible.

I have periods of manic productivity with breakthroughs at every turn, but other times when the most mundane chores of life are overwhelming.

Why? Where does motivation come from? Why does it waver? On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist who can help you find your fuel for life.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How the fantasy of a goal can sometimes create enough pleasure to reduce motivation to actually achieve it
  • How to avoid under-stimulation without accidentally welcoming overwhelm
  • When it can be helpful to look back and anchor past successes
  • When it makes more sense to focus on the future, the next step

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Emily Balcetis is a social psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on people’s perception of the world and how their motivations and emotions influence it. She is the author of the new book: Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World.

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