10+ Best Articles on Motivation
The most useful articles on motivation from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Motivation Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on motivation by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- The science of motivation: how to get and stay motivated
- What To Do When You're Tired of Being Tired
- How to Use a Sense of Urgency to Do What Actually Matters
- 10 Things That Steal Our Motivation—and How to Get It Back
- Which Matters More: Method or Motivation?
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Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
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How To Motivate Yourself To Study When You're Too Busy With Work
Are you too busy with work that you sometimes lose motivation to study? Here are some tips on how to build and maintain your motivation despite being busy.
«Quotes that inspire need to be easy to remember, connect with you on a personal level, and fire up your passion, enthusiasm, and goals in life.»
How to motivate yourself to change
Change is hard, but it’s possible. Use motivational interviewing techniques to build your confidence, and take the plunge
How to Hack the Reward System in Your Brain And Stay Motivated
One of the most important things we need to achieve our goals in life is motivation. Here's how to hack the reward system in your brain and stay motivated.
«The moral of this story is that things usually feel out of control when we begin to neglect or ignore the things and people who matter to us, even if it’s temporary»
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How to Use a Sense of Urgency to Do What Actually Matters
Harness your motivation to tend to "urgent" matters as a way to achieve goals.
«We know that our brains respond to urgency, so instead of fighting against ourselves, we can harness this latent motivation and use it to get things done.»
The science of motivation: how to get and stay motivated
Motivation only starts to build again once we have taken the first steps and gained some momentum in our task. It's all about getting started and consistently taking action, making sure we get back on…
«three innate psychological needs which must be satisfied to enhance self-motivation and mental health: competence, autonomy and relatedness.»
The crucial link between motivation and self-awareness
To achieve a goal, a drive to do so is key. Yet not all motivation is created equal – and some factors driving a desire to succeed can even be harmful.
«self-improvement does not have to be a chore, but a source of joy.»
What To Do When You're Tired of Being Tired
In our first session this year, my coaching client Jane told me that she has rested, given herself permission to feel down, and lowered her personal bar, just as we all have been advised to do as we…
«A mantra I use in my own life is, “This is what’s happening right now. I’m doing the best that I can. Just get going, and see what happens.”»
Which Matters More: Method or Motivation?
Surprising results about what matters for learning from a famous study.
«you need a system. You need to understand how learning works, and how you can make best use of your time to make a difference.»
These are some of the most-read long-form articles on motivation.
10 Things That Steal Our Motivation—and How to Get It Back
Bookmark for your 'meh' days.
The Six Different Contextual Types of Rewards in Gamification
Yu-kai Chou, Gamification Gosu and former CEO of RewardMe, lists out and explains the 6 Contextual Types of Rewards in Gamification and when to use them.
The Science of Motivation
Motivation is hard to come by. There's always another task, another project, another objective—and any motivation you manage to scrape together for one thing is absent for the next. \
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