A Harvard psychologist reveals the biggest reason people don’t achieve their goals
Aug 26, 2016
<h5>Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy explains that the average person will probably find more success (and happiness) if instead of shooting for the moon, they shoot for just down the block — at least at first.<br/></h5>
<p><b id="docs-internal-guid-60a6bb3d-c80a-b22a-892f-09d17dbe11dc"></b></p><p><span id="selectionBoundary_1472234968583_795622344440349">﻿</span>There’s something in all of us that seems to want the changes we’re trying to make in our lives come as soon as possible.</p><p><br/></p><p>If we’re trying to lose weight, we want those abs to show up within a week or two. If we’re building muscle we want to look like Hugh Jackman in a month. If we’re learning to meditate we want to master that in a week.</p><p><br/></p><p>The biggest mistake a lot of people make in setting goals for themselves, Cuddy says, is that they focus only on the outcome, not the process.</p><p><br/></p><p>Cuddy has conducted loads of research into tiny triggers that cause us to either take pride in our accomplishments or look back on our failings with regret and disappointment. She's found that people often get down on themselves because of unrealistic or poorly planned goals.</p><p><br/>
<br/></p><p>"They're so big. They're so distant," Cuddy says of moonshots such as losing 40 pounds or getting a dream job. "They require a million little steps in between, and each of those little steps is an opportunity to fail."</p><p><br/></p><p>On its face, that may seem counter-productive, like you're taking your eyes off the prize. But Cuddy emphasizes the power of using long-term thinking for short-term planning. You won't lose all the weight overnight, so your best option is to focus on making each day the best it can be.</p><p><br/></p><p>"A lot of research is showing us that we do much better when we focus on incremental change, on little bits of improvement," Cuddy says.</p><p><br/></p><p>That's how you go from a couch potato to a marathoner. You temporarily ignore the fact you need to run 26.2 miles several months from now, and focus only on running one mile today. And since that goal is much easier to achieve, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment once it's complete.</p><p><br/></p><p>In turn, that creates the extra motivation you need to move onto a second and third run, and, ultimately, the race itself.<span id="selectionBoundary_1472234968583_18059410510345386">﻿</span></p><p><span><br/></span></p><h5>Thank you to our friends at <i>Business Insider</i> for providing the original article below.</h5>
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