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Why you should read this book can be summed up by explaining the benefits of understanding the science behind motivation. First, you will learn simple, easy to use strategies that can enhance your success immediately. Second, the style of the book is written in a way to both amuse and inform. Unlike most motivational books, "Hack Your Motivation" is written by Dr. Bobby Hoffman, a researcher and business consultant who has dedicated his life to the study of motivation.
Game Changers are defining moments. Over a lifetime we encounter many people, events, and opportunities that are highly influential on the development of our interests, motivations, and behaviors. By examining the life and amusing motivational story of one individual we can begin to analyze and understand the causes of our own behavior. Some encounters are game changers that alter our lives.
Awareness Hacks focus attention on aspects of self-assessment that may often be overlooked by the uninformed observer. The adage of “you don’t know what you don’t know” applies here because many motivational influencers operate below the level of consciousness. Awareness Hacks are the start of the journey toward accurate identification of motives and analysis of behavior in the self and others.
Choice Hacks revel the thinking behind the decisions we make, which are often guided by intuitive and automatic thinking, which includes habitual behavior patterns formed over a lifetime. Choice Hacks describe which factors we consider (or should consider) when determining and evaluating our personal preferences, targeted goals, and motivated behavior.
Action Hacks are the tools that a hacker keeps in their motivational war chest. However, like carpenters, selecting and using the correct tool for a specific job is one of the most important choices contributing to a job well done. While each strategy described here has merit on its own, knowing which approach to use and when to use it for a specific challenge is often the difference between success and failure.
Reflection Hacks are the hallmark of motivational growth. For many of us, the aspirations and self-expectations we embrace today, and those we pursue tomorrow, next week, or next year will evolve as we encounter success or failure. Reflection Hacks examine the process of reflection and reveal what we should consider (or avoid) before shifting our motivational gears.