Articles tagged with "goal-setting"

Enjoying Uncertainty: How to Convert Your Fear to Suspense, Part Two

In Part One we explored what suspense is: essentially, a gratifying relationship to uncertainty. Then, we left you hanging with some examples of fear- and suspense-inducing situations to consider. Now, we dive into four critical differences between the two, and identify the steps you can take to convert more of the former into the latter. Uncertainty is surely coming your way—what you make of it is largely up to you.

Enjoying Uncertainty: How to Convert Your Fear to Suspense, Part One

Suspense can be thought of as a combination of fear, delight, and hope. It's a thrill that people seek out, whether through fictional works, haunted houses, or bingo. But often when you face a potentially problematic unknown in your life, you're just stuck with the fear. Why is that? Here, we explore how suspense works, and begin to consider how you can infuse your cliffhanger moments with more delight and hope.

"Everything Happens for a Reason": The Fact and Fiction Behind the Cliché

When times are tough, people are quick to dispense feel-good clichés like “every cloud has a silver lining” or “everything happens for a reason.” For some people, it’s a matter of faith that the universe is inherently reasonable, whether it’s through the action of destiny or God’s will. However, making meaning from difficulties is a very human, personal process that often requires effort, and not just blind faith.

Broaden and Build: How Positive Emotions Can Help You Thrive

Recent research explores how viewing baby animal pictures affects your ability to focus your attention and effort. Far from a fluff piece, studies like this one are actually at the forefront of research into how positive emotions contribute to wellbeing and the ability to thrive. That's right: having positive emotions can help you thrive (not just vice versa), especially if you take advantage of them.

How to Achieve Your Goals: The Top Eight Things You Need to Know

Our series on goal achievement has stretched over six months, so you're forgiven if you've missed a few. Here we've collected the fundamentals you need to know if you want to be effective in accomplishing your goals. But the benefits of putting these things into practice don't stop there.

How to Achieve Your Goals, Step 7: Inhibitional Goals and the "What the Hell Effect"

Have you ever tried to stop or cut back on doing something, then slipped up just once, and then completely abandoned your goal? For instance, you've been successful at watching what you eat, but then one day you eat too much, and a multi-day binge ensues? Throwing in the towel like this can happen for many reasons; it might be because you're applying the wrong goal-setting strategy.

How to Achieve Your Goals, Step 6: Considering Your Motivational Chains

The hierarchy of your goals—how relatively important they are to you—is one thing. A somewhat different matter is how concrete or abstract they are, and how you link the two types together. The process can have a big impact on your mood and overall wellbeing and, by extension, on your performance.

Micro-Ambivalence: Freezing Up in the Moment of Truth

Ambivalence shows up most obviously in areas of your life where a wide gulf separates opposing motivational poles. But it's also there in those little moments of truth when, even after you feel that you've reconciled your conflicting motivations and laid the groundwork for change, and all that’s left is to pull the trigger, you don’t.

How to Achieve Your Goals, Step 5: Keeping Your Feedback Loops Running Smoothly

Your feedback loops only operate properly when they have information to work with, so your natural tendency to avoid bad news can gum up the works. Fortunately, you don't need to go far to find what you need to keep things moving.

Using Your Setbacks as Building Blocks: An Olympic Case Study

You may not compete for Olympic medals, but you've probably experienced disaster striking just when things are going great. It can wreak havoc on the sense of identity you derive from your life story and fill you with ambivalence and self-doubt. It happened a few days ago to skier Hannah Kearney. But there are things you can do while you're pursuing your goals, and after you experience a setback, that can help you move onward and upward with renewed insight. Here we take a close look at a high-profile example and explore what you can apply to your life.


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