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How to Use Visualization to Achieve All of Your Goals This Year

By Mirel Ketchiff

You know that athletes use visualization to give themselves an edge and calm their nerves before a big competition. (Remember #PhelpsFace from the Olympics?) “When you imagine yourself performing a task, your muscles contract as though you’re actually doing it. The contractions are so small, you can’t feel them, but it’s enough to strengthen your muscle memory,” says Nicole Detling, Ph.D., an assistant professor of kinesiology and sport science at the University of Utah and a sports psychology consultant to Olympic athletes. In other words, when you mentally rehearse a tennis serve or a swimming stroke, you’re essentially doing it physically as well. As evidence: People with wrist casts who visualized moving their immobilized muscles lost half as much strength as those who didn’t imagine exercising, research in the Journal of Neurophysiology found. Read more

People With Wandering Minds Less Likely To Achieve Goals

By Study Finds

With our attention spans growing shorter than ever we may be on the verge of a world full of underachievers. That’s because a new study finds that people who have wandering minds have trouble fulfilling their dreams, unable to stick it out when it comes to long-term goals. Read more

Goal Setting Approach All Wrong, Olympian Declares

By Adam Zucheti

Most people’s approach to goal setting is very wrong, according to an Olympic athlete, despite business leaders often being told that goal setting is an important means of driving success.

Ed Fernon was Australia’s sole male competitor in the modern pentathlon at the London 2012 Games, and got there without any funding or support from Australia’s professional sporting bodies. Read more

The Secret Science Behind Achieving Goals

By Avinash Anand Singh

Have you ever noticed this wonderful thing in your life that whatever you keep on priority, you somehow just tend to achieve and accomplish? This is almost always the case. All the priority work somehow just gets completed. This is a phenomenal process. Keep something on priority, and it’s done. Read more

I Never Achieve My Goals on the First Attempt

By Yomiuri Shimbun

Dear Troubleshooter:

I’m a woman in my late 20s. While working part-time, I’m studying with the aim to take the national bar examination. I’m worried because I haven’t been able to achieve my goals the first time I attempt them. Read more

The Secret to Staying Motivated

By Heather Stringer

Have you ever started off well on a new goal such as losing weight or saving more money, only to find that motivation fizzles after a period of time?

Researchers from the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba have discovered one possible explanation: Our source of motivation changes as we make progress toward a goal. Their findings are available online in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Read more

Becoming Grittier: Mindset Changes to Achieve Long-Term Goals

By Nacho Caballero

Grit is the willingness to do whatever is needed to achieve long-term goals. Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania has been researching how grit correlates with activities like reaching the final rounds of the U.S. National Spelling Bee, or surviving the grueling first summer of training at West Point. She has found that being gritty is a better predictor of success than high IQ or SAT scores.

So, how do we become grittier? Is it even possible? Yes, it’s possible. How do I know this? I don’t, but I’m putting my money on the two techniques that I have used in my grittiest moments: outsourcing the decision to get started, and crafting an epic narrative. Read more

Learn How To Write Down Your Goals – The Right Way

By Adam Richards

If you think there is no right or wrong way to write down your goals – you couldn’t be more wrong.

There are a few occasions each year (think birthdays, Christmas and New Year) when people tend to focus on setting goals they want to achieve in the following year. While some might be more realistic than others, people rarely go through with these forced resolutions.

And the reason why it happens isn’t because of what goals were set, but how they were set. Read more

4 Lessons on Achieving Your Goals

By Timothy Sykes

We all have goals. How to achieve those goals is the number one question I receive about becoming a millionaire and succeeding in life. It’s not as complex as you might think, either. Sometimes it’s just about taking a step back to see the bigger picture.

Here are three important lessons to learn about achieving your goals to keep in mind as you take on the day. Read more

Set Goals You Can Control

By Jesús Gil Hernández

A lot is written about setting goals, but most of the times we don’t choose the right goals: they’re too big and too far away. Even though we would like to think otherwise, we’re all kids, and we would all rather have instant gratification.

Whether we like it or not, goal setting is an integral and important aspect of all our lives. For some of us, this is a conscious process, however for many others it is an unconscious act that has very little direction or purpose. Some people may even be surprised to learn that they are actually setting goals on a daily basis. Read more

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