Lab Notes #9: Write Makes Right: Pushing the Best Lever for Self-motivation

In a recent study on weight reduction (full text here), researchers found that dietary self‐monitoring correlates strongly with short‐ and long‐term weight loss.  When I first heard about the study, I figured: oh, the power of the written word strikes again. Whether your mission is your health or your business, words matter, and words motivate.… Read More

Setting Goals, Marking Time, & John Cage

As kids, we knew that summer commenced in June, ended in August, and school resumed in September. As adults, we learned about equinoxes and solstices and that days got longer all winter–even if it didn’t feel that way. For many kids, this weekend marks the halfway point of summer. I find it’s a good time,… Read More

Thinking into action–or vice versa

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’ ” Isaac Asimov I found this delicious epigram in a book on entrepreneurship, but I’m thinking of it more as an adage for fostering self-awareness. We’re humans (so we’re already amazing), but we’re flawed, too, and… Read More