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Erin Marie Hall
4.0 out of 5 starsPerfect angle, decent execution.
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
I was looking for a book to help me escape a lifetime of ADHD and motivation problems, but I'm not interested in fluffy inspiration pron or suggestions to make a list and meditate. I wanted to know where EXACTLY my problem with motivation was occurring and how to realistically approach the lifestyle changes necessary to fix it. This book did exactly that- I now see how childhood experiences, personal trauma, and unmet needs have contributed to years of me spinning my wheels in the mud. Having read this (in just a couple hours!), I now have a better understanding of the behavioral science behind decision making, as well as an arsenal of tools I can use to create an environment more conducive to the pursuit of my goals. The writing wasn't the best- it could benefit from an editor to help with structure and style. The author frequently jumps back and forth between points, suddenly returning to talking about an earlier point in the middle of a section about something else. It was also highly repetitive in both ideas and language, but I assume this was to add some meat to an otherwise rather straightforward and very short book. I also slightly resent the theme of "trying hard = success" as it betrays immense privilege and ignores all of the systemic and circumstantial barriers to success for many. All in all, though, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who just can't figure out why they can't get their sh!t together.
4.0 out of 5 starsIf you know the triggers you can hack motivation
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
It’s important to understand what’s under the hood of motivation. What the root causes and things that impact motivation. Understanding these multiple facets gives you the tools to choose from and thus enable you to hack motivation.
This is a good read as it goes below the surface and gives you some real foundational knowledge and insights into motivation.
A book full of tactics to better my life in multiple areas. Who doesn't want more energy and willpower? Reading this book reminds me to motivate and push myself because I'm the only one who can really do so. There are a lot of takeaways in this book - for example, I found the Stages of Change Model fascinating. Love the summary guide at the end of Motivation Triggers to really drill in all the lessons learned.
5.0 out of 5 starsHelping us reach our goals through motivation
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
This book can help you jump start your motivation to reach a goal. He provided scientific evidence from neuroscience that informs us of the inner working of the brain that can initiate and keep up motivated. Motivation is a combination of nature and nurture and as well as conscious and unconscious behaviors.
The author describes, "motivation is the collection of psychological forces that allow us to initiate, organize and persist with behaviors that will ultimately lead us to the achievement of a goal." He also says that motivation has to come from within. "The secret to finding optimal motivation for yourself doesn’t lie in you; it lies in the nature of the task."
There are three main theories of motivation: instinct theory, drives, and needs theory, and personal arousal theory. We can use our newfound knowledge of the three theories to guide our actions. Researcher Sung-il Kim proposed a model to bring these disparate processes together. Kim’s process consisted of three subprocesses: the first is building motivation, then sustaining motivation, and finally, the process of regulating motivation.
The neurotransmitter dopamine is all about motivation and appraising risk and potential reward, rather than pleasure. Dopamine helps us remember, process emotions, learn, plan, and reason. And it helps the brain orchestrate all of that toward goal-directed behavior; dopamine is the neurochemical expression of motivation. Reward learning teaches us to anticipate rewards when we undertake a task. Having an optimal environment is excellent for motivation. One simple way technique is to automate as many decisions as possible. Make the environment make good decisions for you consistently. In order to maintain your motivation, one must additionally exercise several times per week and be aware of circadian rhythms, including the importance of enough sleep.
When making an important decision or solving a problem, ask the following questions: • Running through all my needs, what am I missing? • Are my needs being met in my relationships, my career, and my community? • Am I doing enough to understand the needs of those around me? • What action can I take right now to start addressing my most pressing need? • What matters to me, not just immediately, but in general? • What would self-actualization look like for me? • What unmet needs are holding me back from pursuing this full potential?
Motivation in one individual can change the world. Look at Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Martin Luther King Jr., or Lao Tzu. Therefore it is crucial to know the neuroscience underlying motivation so that more of humanity can be working diligently to achieve essential goals that benefit us all. This book begins this vital learning process.
I thought the book delivered a clear and simple definition of motivation and how science relates to the concept. It's ideal for someone that needs to simplify how motivation can be contributed to a positive lifestyle.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe 1-stop on the topic of motivation
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2021
I guess there's only so much that can be said about the topic of motivation before starting to sound like a pop song, and this book said it all. If You are not a researcher in the field, this books saves You valuable time You would otherwise waste on looking and wishing that someone would just give You all You need to know in bullet points. No-nonsense, practical, concise, with easy to understand explanations of core concepts, and even offers some down to earth "troubleshooting" ideas. If you are looking for a collection of motivational quotes or inspiring anecdotes, there's plenty of those out there - this one is for readers who are looking for return on their time invested in a book. If You are searching for "the" book that helps You understand and thus unlock motivation (without getting all kawaii-eyed), this is the one.