The Happiness Advantage: Set Moderate Goals

Have you ever started a project and quit halfway through because it was WAY more work than you had originally anticipated? Have you ever set a goal too small and turn back right away to a bad habit? This quote brings our driving F1 car racing post mentality into goal-setting.

That’s why psycologists who specialize in goal-setting theory advocate setting goals of moderate difficulty- not so easy that we dont have to try, but not so difficult that we get discouraged and give up. When the challenges we face are particularly challenging and  the payoff remains far away, setting smaller, more manageable goals helps us build our confidence and celebrate out forward progress, and keeps us committed to the task at hand.” -Shawn Achor (pg.138)

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

 

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