Work Motivation Theory

Your Professional Activity… What is it Motivated by?

Enthusiasm, an emotion of joy and glee, can be fed or can dwindle like a straw fire, proportionally to the motivation to act in general. To be motivated to work, the action of doing this work must produce emotions. Fear, envy, amazement and gratitude are four main emotions which act on our work motivation.

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Gratefulness Exercises

The Gratefulness Exercises proposed in this article form the beginning towards a better understanding of a gratefulness practice.

They are useful to take us back, like a boomerang effect, to a starting point that allows us to experience a better integration of this gratefulness practice.

Thanks to the gratefulness exercises, we become more conscious of the Game of Life, which we can also look at as a Game of Give and Take. Read More

Erik Giasson, the Yogi of Wall Street: His Coaching Philosophies

When I learned 9 months ahead that my job was going to disappear on December 31, 2018, I chose Erik Giasson as a life and career coach, because I could relate to and was impressed by his life story. Like me, he had been an investment banker, but then turned towards “softer” endeavors by becoming a yoga teacher. Also, his website looked great, propped up by his good picture with Tony Robbins.

Whilst Erik Giasson studied with Tony Robbins, his coaching philosophies borrow from a variety of sources, making his contribution quite unique and valuable. I hired him under his 6-months package, which included each month one 90 minute in-person meeting at one of his yoga studios, one 30 minutes phone call, with each event followed by a summary email with homeworks.

I’m extracting here what are for me the essential elements of his teachings.

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How Do I Become a Scientist? [Important Considerations You Might Not Have Foreseen]

I have a PhD. As a first rule, you need a PhD to become a scientist.

What is a PhD? It is a Doctorate in Philosophy. A doctorate is an advanced degree. In the French language, the word “doctorate” sounds the same as “wise rat”. This is an apt description of what getting a PhD would do to you. Would you like to be known by all in heaven as a wise rat?¬†Great, then keep reading.

Why a doctorate in philosophy, of all topics? Why not a doctorate in video gaming, or simply in the science of computers, or whatever else you really want to know about? Aside from historical reasons, my main explanation for why it is in “philosophy” is because the holders of PhDs tend to flock together in that they have an interest at some level for deep questions regarding life, and a patience with looking for the answers. Does this sound like you?

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The Natural Brilliance Model of Paul Scheele

A Clear Path in the Forest As a Metaphor for Achieving Your Goals

A Clear Path in the Forest As a Metaphor for Achieving Your Goals

Yesterday, I wrote about Robert Fritz’s Path of Least Resistance, the technique that was the most efficient at making big changes in my life and resulting in achieving big goals. Today, I continue with another general model which is excellent at achieving medium-to-large goals, and which is more intuitive and straightforward to learn and to use.

This model is the Natural Brilliance model, and it was developed and marketed by Paul Scheele and his company, Learning Strategies Corporation. This company has many excellent self-development products, which I will do a review on soon.

Many of these products including the Natural Brilliance model itself have strong roots into the Neuro-Linguistic Programming movement, and also use the paraliminal technology, which is related to self-hypnosis and which consists of pleasant recordings where the left and right ears hear different sounds and messages.

My goal here is to explain the Natural Brilliance model in a few words, so you can immediately apply it to your life. Read More

Robert Fritz: The Path of Least Resistance and Getting What You Want

A Waterfall in Iceland as a Metaphor for The Path of Least Resistance

A Waterfall in Iceland as a Metaphor for The Path of Least Resistance

Is there one thing that you really want in your life, that just keeps seeming out of reach? Or are you already pretty good as a creator, but would like to understand better how that happened and how to keep being good at it?

Here I want to tell you about an amazing method for getting what you want, explained in the works of Robert Fritz, especially in his first book, The Path of Least Resistance.

The “Path of least resistance” is a familiar metaphor for how the world works, following the easiest path: whether it’s us lazy humans that just keep doing what we’ve always done, or inanimate things that fall along a straight line under the pull of gravity.

Robert Fritz’s “discovery” consisted in an especially clear understanding and aptitude to explain it to others, of how to harness this natural physical force.

Here’s how this simple idea of the path of least resistance can really transform your life into one that is single-guided towards achieving what you really want: it’s by building structures in your life that are such that by being your lazy self, you can do no other than create the results that you want. Read More

How to Have a Balanced Life?

Swing Ice Dance Snapshot

Swing Ice Dance Snapshot

Many want to have a balanced life, but have no idea what that would look like, let alone reaching it.

I have made a good deal of progress towards having a balanced life myself, starting from just the opposite: in my previous careers, I was a workaholic. You could call this post the “Epilogue to the Story of a Recovering Workaholic.”

I didn’t get to have a balanced life in a day: it took years to build it from the workaholic starting point of my old past. It was very much worth the effort, and I want to encourage you to find inspiration to make changes in your own life from taking a look at my example. Read More