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Counterproductive goal tracking

When you make progress toward your long-term goal, your brain – with its mental checklist of many goals – turns off the mental processes that were driving you to pursue your long-term goal. 

Then, it becomes more focused on getting satisfaction from indulging, because your brain feels like it has met its goal.

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How to combat The Progress Trap
  • View your actions as evidence that you are committed to your goal.
  • Always remind yourself why you want to reach your goal, especially as you reach milestones along the way.
  • Look at your accomplishments to see that you really do care about your goal.
  • After you make positive steps toward a goal, ask yourself: “How committed do you feel toward that goal?” 

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