#2: Dr. Art Markman on Motivation and Building Better Habits

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Dr. Markman has been a professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas for the past 20 years, and has published over 150 scholarly articles on topics such as motivation and decision making. In addition to working on the scientific advisory boards of the Dr. Phil show and Dr. Oz show, he has written numerous amazing books including Brain Briefs, Smart Thinking, and Smart Change. On this episode, Dr. Markman and I discuss how to build healthy habits, as well as why some popular concepts in psychology may actually be bad advice.

Here are some tips Dr. Markman discussed:

  1. Start your day with something you can likely accomplish. It will set a good tone for your day and ultimately give you a sense of accomplishment. Immediately starting your day with a challenging task that you may fail at can set a negative tone for the day. Eat that frog… but not for breakfast!
  2. To succeed, pay attention to the things that can go wrong. Putting obstacles out of your mind does not make them disappear. Understand the territory, and navigate around the potholes!
  3. Teach your brain that it should not stop when things become difficult. When you want to give up, go for an extra 5 minutes! It will develop the habit of pushing a little harder when something becomes challenging. When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

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