Motivation & Goals

In this category, you will find all our science-based articles on motivation, self-determination theory, goal-setting and modalities like motivational interviewing.

Download 3 Free Goals Exercises (PDF)

These detailed, science-based exercises will help you or your clients create actionable goals and master techniques for lasting behavior change.

Human behavior and motivation

Motivation and What Really Drives Human Behavior

In our world of exponential change and ever-increasing complexity, the power rests with those who act, and especially those who act with self-determination and persistence. [...]

Motivational Questions

17 Motivation Worksheets, Exercises & Activities (+ PDF)

One size does not fit all when it comes to motivation, so we will often find that we have to try new techniques, new mindsets, [...]

Client engagement in therapy

What is Client Engagement in Therapy and How to Apply It?

The outcome of psychotherapy is mostly dependent on the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. Any form of therapy requires self-disclosure [...]

Intrinsic Coaching: What Is It and How to Apply It?

In coaching, there is something called the coach’s stand. Coaches start working with clients with the notion that the client “has all that she needs [...]

Goal Setting Books

15 Best Goal Setting Books to Read

Goal setting is a powerful tool in coaching and counseling to increase motivation, focus, and self-confidence. While helping foster a valuable relationship with the client, [...]

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The Importance, Benefits, and Value of Goal Setting

How often do you set goals? How often do you revisit your list? We all know that setting goals is important, but we often don’t [...]

45 Goal Setting Activities, Exercises & Games (+ PDF)

How many times have you approached the start of a new year with a list of positive goals you want to achieve, only to feel [...]

goals of life

How to Set and Achieve Life Goals The Right Way

Goal-setting theory draws on the concept that our conscious ideas guide our actions (Locke, 1968). So, can we take this premise and apply it to [...]

The Science & Psychology Of Goal-Setting 101

Imagine yourself going to work aimlessly every day, talking to others without a reason, working out just because you have to, and not having any [...]

goal setting activities

42 Goal Setting Activities for Students & Kids (+ PDF)

Do you remember when you learned how to set goals? If you have trouble answering that question, you’re not alone! Most of us don’t spend [...]

3 Goal Achievement Exercises Pack