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Making It Happen:
A Scientific Guide to Understanding
and Changing Your Ways

with Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

Course Overview

If you are a seeker of optimal living, there are probably lots of changes you would like to make in your life. Perhaps you’d like to eat better, exercise more, meditate and live more mindfully, find more flow, engage your community, and make the world a better place. The courses here at The Academy can help you figure out what to do – but this course is really about how to get yourself to actually do it. In other words, how to make a lasting change. Going from “I want to” to “I did.”

The truth is, commitment to change is not enough. Studies show that even when
we have great intentions – when we really want to change - we still fail to make
those changes last about 50-80% of the time. In this course, you’ll learn why –
and the answers will surprise you. More importantly, you’ll learn what you can
do differently from now on – the scientifically proven strategies that can help you
overcome the real obstacles to lasting change. If you know you want to live a
healthier life and truly thrive, but you aren’t sure how to make it happen, this is a
great place to start.

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Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has ever struggled to make a significant life change, and can’t figure out where they went wrong. So, pretty much everyone.

Making It Happen is an excellent companion to any en*theos Academy course. It will give you the tools you need to turn desires into action.

What You'll Learn

Week 1: Laying the groundwork for change: Adopting the right mental
attitude, and understanding why change is often so hard

  • How beliefs we don’t even know we have hold us back
  • The truth about how our abilities work
  • How our habits become habits
  • Brain basics and your unconscious mind

Week 2: The Good Start

  • Getting specific
  • The power and peril of positive thinking
  • Mental contrasting
  • What’s getting in your way?

Week 3: Using If-Then Planning

  • to make taking action a lot easier
  • to make sure everything you want to do gets done
  • to cope with negative emotion and self-doubt

Week 4: Temptation, Distraction, and Other Pitfalls

  • What are temptations, really?
  • How does willpower work?

Week 5: Building Your Willpower Muscle (and What To Do When It’s Tired)

  • Exercises that build self-control
  • How to get a quick willpower boost
  • How to compensate for low willpower

What You’ll Get Out of the Course

  • You’ll learn why change is hard(and the answers will surprise you).
  • You’ll learn what you’ve been doing right all along, where you’ve gone wrong, and what to do differently from now on.
  • You’ll learn specific, practical, scientifically-proven strategies you can use to overcome the challenges of change – strategies that can be applied to any goal in your personal or professional life.

Textbook for the Course

About Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a motivational psychologist, speaker, and author.   She serves on the Board of Advisors at Columbia University’s Motivation Science Center, and is a popular blogger for Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Fast Company, writing about how people can use the findings from the science of motivation in their own lives. Her research on goals and well-being has been published in some of the field’s most prestigious journals, and she was the co-author and editor of the highly acclaimed academic handbook The Psychology of Goals. 

You can find out more about Heidi on her website:

Praise for Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson

“Heidi Grant Halvorson knows just about everything there is to know about setting goals and reaching them. In Succeed, she shares this knowledge with you. She takes all the latest research in psychology, distills it to its essence, and makes it practical.”
— Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. is the Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of bestseller Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

"SUCCEED succeeds big-time! Rare is a book that is both brilliant and practical, entertaining and rigorous, easy to read and deep. SUCCEED is such a book. If you want to bolster your level of success and in general lead a happier life, this book is for you!"
— Dr. Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist and bestselling author of Delivered from Distraction, CrazyBusy, Superparenting for ADD, and Dare to Forgive.

"Once every ten years or so, someone says something original in the area of personal development. Heidi Grant Halvorson is that someone. If you have ever failed at something or are seeking to accomplish something, Succeed is a must read."
— Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life and The Dream Manager

"If you have goals, then you should read this book. If you manage others or are in a position to help others achieve their goals, then you have to read this book! It's filled with fascinating studies revealing the secrets of success. But Heidi Grant Halvorson goes beyond the studies to show us how to apply them and save us years of struggle. This book is a keeper."
— Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, author of "How We Work", Harvard Business Publishing's most popular blog, and the forthcoming 18 Minutes: Find your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. (Business Plus, 2011)

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Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a motivational psychologist, speaker, author of SUCCEED: How We Can Reach Our Goals, blogger for Huff Post, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, SmartBrief, and Psychology Today. Learn more about Dr. Heidi Grant »


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