Mastering your motivation shifts not only the quality of your motivation but the quality of your life.  -Susan Fowler

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Have you ever given up a bad habit? (Biting your nails, overeating, smoking, sleeping in when you should be working out, gossiping, eating too many sweets, overindulging caffeine or other stimulants, for example.) Have you ever thought about why you were able to stop that bad habit but not others?

Your motivation isn’t just necessary for getting things done. Your motivation is key to quitting behaviors that harm your health and wellbeing. 

Studying positive deviant behavior led me to explore how motivation science either supports or stymies our attempts to change harmful behavior. I’m curious what you think about the approach for stopping a bad habit described in my SmartBrief blog: Can You Master Your Motivation? If you think it has merit, try it. When you succeed, let me know! I love success stories!

Read Susan's SmartBrief Blog

Do you love conducting performance reviews? Do you swoon over submitting expense reports? Are you enthralled with preparing budgets? Face it, your leadership role demands some activities you will never love, swoon over or be enthralled to do.  Read more.

Launch date countdown!! June 4 is almost here!

Pre-order your copy here. 

Save the date: Join me for a 30-minute launch celebration on June 14th at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT. Come prepared with your questions as we celebrate the launch of Master Your Motivation. At the time of the event, join the party via this link:  

Experience a Motivation Breakthrough!

“I have no doubt that the powerful ideas in Master Your Motivation will change your perspective about motivation. But what I love about this book is how Susan’s storytelling brings the skill of motivation to life with relevant examples you can begin using today.” 

—Tracie Lorber, Director of People and Culture, Peet’s Coffee

The Merry Month of May!

I used to think May was the merriest of months--a time to celebrate my mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, my parent’s anniversary, and my father’s birthday. (And, Cinco de Mayo, of course!) With both my parents are gone, May became a month like any other (except for Cinco de Mayo). But this year proved different! 

The festivities kicked off with a month-long celebration of Ken Blanchard’s 80th birthday. Ken is one of the good souls in the world. Yes, he’s a leadership guru, but those of us privileged to have coauthored a book with him, worked with and for him, or witnessed the man behind the curtain when he’s off stage, know that he’s the real deal: compassionate, loving, and a joyful spirit. May we celebrate many more milestones with Ken!

Celebrations continued as Drea and I taught cohort 19’s final course in the 22-month Master of Science for Executive Leadership. One of the great honors of my life is teaching these extraordinary executives dedicated to being the best leaders possible. Gives me hope for future workplaces!

The first time I saw my new book in the hands of a reader was Meltem waving it in front of me as I spoke in the Blanchard booth at our industry conference (ATD in Washington, DC). The book was real and someone had actually bought it! I almost cried. I think you see the emotion in this photo with Meltem, a consultant from Turkey. 

ATD had over 10,000 attendees from all over the world. Oprah headlined. I loved catching up with colleagues from South Korea, Russia, and China. Given everything going on in the world, we need reminders of good people doing good work--especially in countries where we’re at odds politically. This photo is with James daSilva. His office was a block away, but I was thrilled to meet him, too. James is the editor for SmartBrief on Leadership--my favorite blog source.

Walking is one of the great joys in Washington. Special thanks to my friend Chris Wollerman who enticed me into a walk around the memorials at 6:00 am! Hundreds of people were up and running--especially the steps. An inspiring way to start the day.

After a full experience at ATD, I flew to Amsterdam for my absolutely favorite conference in the world. Self-Determination Theory researchers gather every three years to share their latest findings on motivation science. This photo is of the fathers of SDT--Ed Deci and Richard Ryan. Forget pop stars and royalty--I geek out at these two brilliant and generous men whose work is reflected in my books. They are changing the world. I am humbled and grateful in their presence.

The journey continues. I am writing this from Romania at the beginning of an exciting tour of Europe delivering keynotes and workshops on motivation and self leadership. Blessing abound...

Are you an author, soon-to-be author, or a wanna-be author? Then, it’s...

Looking for pure gold? I hope you’ll consider joining me for the BK Book Marketing Conference--my sixth consecutive time attending! Ken Blanchard, Beverly Kaye, and other bestselling authors, publicists, journalists, and industry experts share what you need to know NOW about successfully marketing your book (or future book). 

Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned author, the agenda is designed to help you position your book and keep your voice relevant in the marketplace. Topics include…
  • Amazon secrets (should you buy Amazon ads?)
  • How to expand your reach through blogging (is blogging worth the effort?)
  • Courting journalists
  • What’s trending in social?
  • New revenue streams
  • Speaking gig strategies
  • Bulk book sales demystified
  • Is your website helping or hurting you?
As an author, you may love to write but aren’t as thrilled about marketing! But what’s a great book if no one knows about it? You’ll find the inspiration you need to be a subject matter expert and a thought leader—using your book as your platform.  

Register here: 2019 Book Marketing Conference - BK Authors
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