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Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA

Brett DiNovi & Associates

A hot topic for most entrepreuners and business executives is how to stay motivated and continue to put your best foot forward in your work. Though there are many motivational speakers out there, few of them are actually teaching science backed methods to self-motivate and achieve.

Today we have a short video by Brett DiNovi & Associates (BDA) where Jay Torres, a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) at BDA shares how he builds behavioral momentum. Throughout the video you see ‘JT’s’ daily ‘grind’ and how he structures it to best maintain behavioral momentum.

JT starts his day early and engages in goal setting and self-monitoring throughout the day to keep strengthening his own effective behavior. He also talks about his values and shows us the land he and his family have purchased to build their ‘dream home’ on. In the video, he his verbal behavior makes it clear that relating his work to his family and his dreams for his family augments the functions of work day. As he relates his values to his work and makes a point to contact these values in some form through the day (i.e., kissing his family before he leaves for work and taking a look at his land) he increases the appetitiveness of contacting the hard work of his day.

JT also relates how watching Brett’s motivational videos increase his motivation and clearly chooses to model his own video after Brett’s. JT’s use of movie quotes that relate life and meeting goals to fighting create a symbolic relationship such that he is likely to find himself motivated to fight and achieve. He further chooses music and imagery that relate the constant speed and stops of his daily life as he continues to run through his day achieving the completion of several home visits to help families.

JT’s video reflects behavioral momentum throughout as he completes small goals to allow himself to continuously achieve and reap the behavioral reward of motivation. Then we see JT ending his day with setting up his coffee and picking out clothes for himself and his children, which indeed, lower the response effort he must engage in to start his next day as a RBT at 4:40am!

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Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA has the unique and distinguished experience of studying the principles of applied behavior analysis under the rigorous scrutiny of both Dr. Julie S. Vargas (formerly Skinner) and Dr. E.A. Vargas at West Virginia University’s internationally recognized program. For the past 26 years, Brett has used behavior analytic principles to create large scale change across school districts, Fortune 500 companies using principles of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), and across individual learners. Brett has been a OBM consultant in Morgantown WV, an instructor at West Virginia University, a guest lecturer at numerous universities, a speaker on multiple Comcast Newsmakers TV programs, an expert witness in due process hearings, has publications in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has been in in executive leadership positions across schools and residential programs nationwide. In addition to an award from South Jersey Biz Magazine for “Best Places to Work,” an award for “Best of Families” in Suburban Magazine, and the distinguished “Top Ranked U.S. Executives” award, Brett’s proudest accomplishment is being a role model and father for his daughter and two stepchildren (one of which has autism). Brett can be reached at

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