Are You Doing It Because You Love It Or for the Reward That Follows?

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Lucille Zimmerman. She is a licensed professional counselor and the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter.

Psychologists believe there are two reasons people choose their behavior: They are motivated intrinsically or extrinsically.

Are You Doing Something Because You Love It Or The Reward That Follows?

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Intrinsic Motivation: This means a person chooses a behavior simply because of interest or enjoyment. The act of doing the behavior is itself the reward. One researcher defined intrinsic motivation in terms of what people will do without external inducement.

Fun Facts About the Fourth of July

United States Census Bureau
May 14, 2013

Have you ever wondered how much money is spent on fireworks in the United States each year? Or how about who was the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence? And did you know that two former U.S. presidents both died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Find these, and more fun Fourth of July facts in this article by the United States Census Bureau.

Encore Episode: How to Develop More Discipline [Podcast]

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy!

The topic of discipline is always relevant, since most of us struggle to achieve our goals and avoid the distractions of modern life. In this podcast, I share five specific steps to develop more of it.

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If you’re like me, you struggle with discipline. You have great intentions, but just as you get a little momentum, something derails you.

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Unlocking the Mystery of Facebook Profiles and Fan Pages

I recently interviewed social media strategist and Facebook expert Amy Porterfield about how to use Facebook to create massive engagement and build tribes. Her suggestions really got my wheels turning about what is possible, not just for my platform, but for yours, too.

Unlocking the Mystery of Facebook Profile and Fan Pages

Amy Porterfield

Now, full-disclosure, I’m a Facebook novice. Twitter has been my primary focus. But what I learned from Amy is that I’ve been underutilizing a major tool for connecting with my audience.

First Catch and Beautiful Sunset

I’m on my sabbatical. Last night I caught three trout at 8:00 p.m. near Buena Vista, Colorado. My daughter, Marissa, took this photo. My wife, Gail, wrote about the experience here. (Taken on an iPhone 5 camera. The photo is unfiltered.)

7 “Tricks” to Improve Your Writing Overnight

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Ray Edwards. He is a marketing strategist, copywriter, speaker, and author. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

No matter how bad (or good) your writing is today, it’s possible to improve it overnight.

7 “Tricks” to Improve Your Writing Overnight

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Here are seven quick “tricks” that can improve the very next piece you write.

#060: How Do Busy Leaders Find Time for Social Media [Podcast]

I speak a lot on the topic of platform-building. Inevitably, during the Q&A time following my speech, I get asked, “How can I find time for social media? I am so busy now. I can’t imagine adding one more thing.”

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I understand this feeling. However, if you want to leverage your leadership and increase your impact, you must make time for social media.

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The 4 Hidden Rewards of Rejection

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Michele Cushatt. She is a communicator and storyteller whose speaking experiences include Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, and Compassion International. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter.

For months I wrestled with a new book idea. I didn’t want another rejection. So I crafted a killer proposal, polished the chapters, and sent it off to a publisher. Then I waited. And waited. The only time I’d gladly wait so long for results is on a deathbed.

The 4 Hidden Rewards of Rejection

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It’d been six years since I first started writing. Finally, after thousands of hours spent learning, creating, and rewriting, I believed my time had come. My book would be published.