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- The Key To Lasting Behavioural Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic
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- How To Take A Pay Cut For A Job You Actually Love (And Survive)
- Treat Failure Like A Scientist
- How To Teach Young Kids Budgeting Habits Early On
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Even the most motivated people can get stuck, frustrated, and lose hope during the process of behavioural change. Why can’t you force yourself to go to the gym before work? Or get high-priority tasks done before checking email? We become so fixated on specific tactics that we lose sight of the fact that many methods could lead to achieving their larger strategic goals.
We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them. Each week, I hear from people who say things like “I start with good intentions, but I can’t seem to maintain my consistency for a long period of time.” Or they will say “I struggle with mental endurance. I get started but I can’t seem to follow through and stay focused for very long.” Don’t worry. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else.
When it comes to setting goals — whether they’re personal, professional, financial or anything in between — it’s easy to forget that anyone who’s gotten where you want to be went through a long process to get there. Finance blog Mom and Dad Money explains why this is the most important yet overlooked aspect of changing your habits.
Not too long ago, I jumped ship from an office job and career path that was great, but not my passion. I took a huge risk to follow my dream, and learned a lot of lessons along the way. If you’re thinking about following your dream or doing what you love, here are some tips to keep in mind before you do it, and some of my mistakes to learn from.
I recently had a wonderful conversation with my friend Beck Tench. During our chat, Beck told me about an interesting shift in thinking that occurred while she worked at a science museum. During her time there, Beck learned how to treat failure like a scientist. How does a scientist treat failure? And what can we learn from their approach?
The idea of rewarding yourself to build better behaviours isn’t new, even if the phrase “gamification” is. There are more tools out there to turn everything you do into a game than are worth trying, but the best of the pack can really help you get motivated. Let’s take a look at some of the good ones and when they can be most effective in your life.