We like setting goals more than reaching them

We know that even the best goal in the world means little without action. Another variable that can be missed is that our minds are wired to welcome and resist change.

When we set goals, we become attached to how the path to the goal will look. Then, when we encounter obstacles, we don't feel like sticking to the goal.

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Why you love setting goals more than pursuing them, according to science

fastcompany.com

Setting a goal releases dopamine and inspires you to take action.

Dopamine is high when we set a goal and again when the end is in sight. The greater the reward, the bigger the dopamine spike. However, in the middle phase, dopamine is absent, explaining why you feel less motivated.

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  • Steady, slow progress. Speedy progress is difficult to keep on fueling. Instead, regularly add tasks into your calendar and keep up with it.
  • Focus on behaviours first, then goals. Steady behaviours will outperform the shiniest bite-sized goals.
  • Even if you might be able to do great things by yourself, don't. Try to find people that can keep you accountable and inspired.

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