SMARTER goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely, developed Enthusiastically, and attached to Rewards).
SMARTER goals take the guesswork out of routines, so we're more likely to stick to them.
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We all have the motivation, willpower, or desire to achieve our goals to some degree.
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They refer to the plan you make about when and where to act before the action occurs.
The format for creating an implementation intention is: “When situation X arises, I will perform response Y.”
Implementation intentions are an effective way of sticking to your goals.
If you make a specific plan for when and where you will perform a new habit, you have bigger chances to follow through.
You don't need motivation, you need clarity. Simply follow your predetermined plan: I will [BEHAVIOR] at [TIME] in [LOCATION].
It’s your ability to resolve conflicts between your short-term desires and your long-term goals.
For example, successful self-control means sacrificing immediate pleasure (cookies a...
People who have high self-control aren’t missing out on enjoyment. Not being able to resist temptation and enjoying life are not the same things.
They tend to eat in a healthily way, exercise more, sleep better, drink less alcohol, smoke fewer cigarettes, achieve higher grades at university, have more peaceful relationships, and are more financially secure.
Research showed that self-control is ultimately limited by our biology. We can’t exercise effortful self-control indefinitely – the brain has to do regular maintenance to remain functional.
Our mind has muscles. It memorizes patterns. By doing this over and over, you're building your willpower and self-discipline.
Forcing yourself to do things...
Focus on the feeling you feel after doing something that you know is good for you.
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