CategorySelf Improvement/Motivation

The Limiting Doubt That Is Holding You Back From Taking Action


What is it that’s stopping you from getting into shape? Or from talking to the girl you want to ask out? Or from putting the hours in to your online business so you can start working from home? There are many potential answers to all these questions and the right answer is going to depend very much on your specific situation. Often there is some kind of underlying ‘psychic...

How to Use ‘Fear Setting’ to Take Action and Achieve Your Goals


Most of us actually know the steps we need to take to achieve the things we want in life. In fact, in 90% of cases they’re very simple steps. Want to get into shape? Then work out. Want to earn money online? Start writing that blog. Want a new job? Apply. The problem then is in convincing ourselves to actually take action and to start making those things happen. This is where too many of us...

Don’t Wait for the Perfect Opportunity… Just Do It!


The Nike slogan ‘Just Do It’ is not only an example of great marketing but also an example of actually rather sound advice coming from an unlikely source. And it’s certainly advice that a lot of us could do with taking on board. The thing is, when you want something good to happen, the single most important thing to do is to start working towards that goal… immediately. As...

Why People Read Self-Help… And Then Don’t Do Anything


Taking action is the single most important step to succeeding in whatever it is you want to do. Imagine you want to get into shape, or start a business. Even if you have the worst training program in the world and even if you have the worst business model in the world… you still stand more chance of success if you actually try to execute that plan than if you don’t. And even if you do fail...

What to Do When You Feel Stuck and Want to Start Again in Life


Starting again demands courage, energy and optimism. No matter what your circumstances, how you approach your new life will shape the experiences you have. Remember, the world is hard on everyone, but it is merciless on those who give up. Reasons People Start Again People start again in many ways and for many reasons. And they may do so at any time of life. As medical advances push the average...

How to Develop and Improve Your Sense of Humor


If the average person could improve just one trait, many would choose humor. People value charm, intellect, efficiency, patience, etc., but humor is a magic key. It oils the wheels of social interaction and makes almost anyone seem likeable and attractive. Indeed, when asked what they look for in a partner, most people include “a sense of humor,” and it is arguably the main thing they...

Are You Your Own Person?


Ask a random stranger if he is able to be himself and he will indignantly reply “of course.” In fact, being your own person is harder than it sounds. Indeed, many people delude themselves. Being Defined by Others First, do not allow others to define you. This happens all the time, often without people realizing it. Self-esteem, or “ego,” is one of our major preoccupations...

Try This to Change Your Attitudes and Change Your Life


So how can attitudes be changed if we inherit them in childhood and they take root in our subconscious mind? They are not easily shifted when they take root because they become habitual attitudes. But it is possible to replace them. One way to do this is to use the power of imagery to displace those negative thoughts that we have lived out of for many years. Imagery Is a Powerful Tool Doctors are...

How to Break a Destructive Habit


In this post I am going explain the principles involved in breaking a destructive habit. These principles have been scientifically tested through psychological studies and have been shown to work. Although the principles are sound the application is much more difficult. You will need to use all of your imagination and ingenuity to be able to apply the principles to your own life. Why Habits Are...

How to Sound Intelligent When Visiting an Art Gallery


Most of us have been there at some point, wandering through an art gallery and desperately trying to think of something to say. And yet one need not have studied art history in order to make thoughtful and interesting observations. All you need is a little time and effort. What to Look For First, a word of caution. If you do not like or understand a piece of art, be honest. Few traits are so...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.