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Sticking To Your 2014 Resolutions

At the end of 2013, you probably made a resolution to [fill in the blank] and by the end of this month you, along with countless others, will have already broken the promise you made to yourself, having long forgotten what you resolved to do. I’ve personally set out to lose weight or save money every year, only to splurge on expensive, calorie-laden steak dinners by Valentine’s Day.

Social Media as Social Motivation: 3 Steps to Jumpstarting Any Goal

I achieved a tremendous milestone in October. In the four months prior, I lost 50 pounds. It was news that I couldn’t wait to share with my Facebook friends. As I began updating my status, an idea sparked. I’d been chronicling my weight loss journey online for months and it was just the motivation I needed to stick with my new healthy habits. Could I apply this same motivation to achieve other goals, like completing my doctoral dissertation?

Online Learning Success Strategies: Part 4

Individual success hinges on the decisions you make to focus on what needs to be accomplished. Motivation plays a key role in one’s ability, or lack thereof, to focus time and energy on a task. There are a number of theories that define this self-disciplined approach and discuss the factors that contribute to personal motivation. Becoming aware of what motivates you to focus is a critical step to achieving success.

Taking the Scare out of Writing: What Stephen King (and Other Fiction Writers) Can Teach Us about Writing Essays

The advice of fiction writers such as Stephen King and Robert A. Heinlein has helped me hone my craft. I learn from the purveyors of the craft who have come before me. Books such as On Writing have caused me to reflect upon the life experiences that make me the writer I am.

Online Learning Success Strategies: Part 3

The key to beginning your education, despite the curve balls life will throw, is finding the right balance between organization and time management. These skills are critical to ensuring you can get through these difficult times with your best foot forward.

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