SMART Goals – Setting Goals Effectively

Plenty of people talk about goals (and many more don’t), but few understand how the mind actually interprets the goals we give it.

In a nutshell, the mind doesn’t handle vagueness well. Tell it that your goal is to “lose weight” or “get more organised” and your mind will struggle to help you at all. On the other hand, if you build a clear, defined vision of what you want to achieve, your mind will work out ways to help you achieve your goals more easily.

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How Your Comfort Zone Works Against You

Comfort zones are important – they let us know when things are safe, comfortable and predictable. This aspect of our psychology was especially important in the times of our distant ancestors – not staying safe could mean being injured or killed.

These days, the same level of danger doesn’t exist, yet the same circuity in your brain tells us to seek safety, comfort and predictability. It is the same circuitry that will work against you as you strive towards your new year’s resolutions (if you decided on some, that is).

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