Articles tagged with "career"

Overachievement, Self-Sabotage, and the Other Faces of Self-Doubt

Lots of people doubt themselves without even realizing it. Procrastinating, being an overachiever or workaholic, or having a substance abuse problem are just a handful of symptoms. Here we cover how to tell if you may be suffering from self-doubt, and what to do about it.

Six Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions and Feel Happier (All Year!)

People often approach goals with a brute-force approach: just put your head down and push (often in the direction of a shiny object). That approach doesn't tend to make people happy or keep them motivated, though . . . which is why New Year's resolutions tend to flame out quickly. Here's what the science tells us about how to create positive change and feel great while doing it!

Hurt Feelings: When Are They Too Much?

As good as social connection can be, it also leaves us vulnerable to being hurt by others. That's just part of the bargain. But how best to cope with it when it happens? And when are hurt feelings a sign that something inside you could use some attention?

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.

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.

How to Achieve Your Goals, Step 4: Goal Hierarchies and Your Emotions

How you feel while pursuing your goals involves more than just how you're moving toward or away from them: there's a vertical dimension, too. Exploring the third dimension of your goals allows you to fine-tune your assessment of what matters to you, and maybe even discover motivations you aren't aware of.

How to Achieve Your Goals, Step 3: Taking Your Rate of Progress Into Account

So far, we've covered how the forces of aversion and attraction affect your goal achievement. Now, we discuss why your pace of progress is incredibly important to how you feel about the process, and sets the stage for what happens next. If you think that setting a goal and then achieving it within your desired timeframe will make you happy, then you may be in for a surprise.

How to Achieve Your Goals, Step 2: Tackling the Rogue Aversion

If you’ve ever felt bored, you know how it feels to want things to be different than they are, but not in what way, exactly. It’s an unpleasant feeling, and boredom is just a temporary state. When it comes to whole dimensions of your life—like social or career concerns, for instance—just knowing what you don’t want, but not what you do want, can cause you big problems. Free-floating aversions can scavenge energy and feelings of wellbeing in multiple ways, and tending to them can yield widespread benefits.


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