Being Well Podcast: Overcoming Procrastination: Unleashing Motivation and Creating a Pursuit Mindset
June 19, 2023

We’ve all experienced that frustrating feeling of knowing that we should be doing something, and yet struggling to take action. Join Forrest and Dr. Rick as they explore how we can overcome avoidance and procrastination, unlock our motivation, and cultivate a “pursuit mindset.”

They discuss intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, why extrinsic motivations aren’t such a bad thing, and how we can use our important values to set better goals and shape our behavior. You’ll learn why procrastination is based on fear, how to orient toward pursuit and see yourself as an agent of change, and the key role “getting good at liking” plays in this process.

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Key Topics:

0:00: Introduction

2:05: Intrinsic vs. external motivation

10:00: Identifying your intrinsic or “noncontingent” motivations

15:00: Self-determination theory (SDT)

19:35: Pursuit and prey orientation

28:25: The psychological function of procrastination

35:35: Learning what you like, and focusing on it

42:25: Meaning, purpose, pleasure, and satisfaction

46:20: Recap

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