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Develop better habits & increase your productivity with lessons inspired by Why We Do What We Do, 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself & Elastic Habits.

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  Lesson 7

Choosing “Good” Goals

Insight inspired by Why We Do What We Do (Edward L. Deci)

Today’s micro-lesson may sound like a broken record. And I’m ok with that. There are so many examples of bad self-fulfillment advice out there that I want to draw a clear distinction between that kind of advice and what this course is about.

I don’t want to be guilty of feeding anyone’s obsessions of fast cars, mansions, or any other material desires. There’s nothing wrong with those things but that’s not what this course is about or what kind of goals I recommend setting for yourself.

Here’s a short explanation of why I care so much about this from author Edward L. Deci from his book “Why We Do What We Do.” In this quote, he’s sharing about what types of goals are actually good for you:

“It seems that people who are the healthiest focus on developing satisfying personal relationships, growing as individuals, and contributing to their community. Surely, they also aspire to sufficient financial success to live comfortably. But wealth, fame, and beauty do not disproportionately occupy the consciousness of these people the way they dominate the experiences of individuals who are less psychologically stable.”

You may have already concluded this on your own but before moving forward I want you to review the Future 4 Goals we created last week (Self, Social, Skills, and Service) and ensure that it aligns with the quote I just shared.

Your goals are the fabric of your future, so it’s important that it’s what you truly want for your life. You’re going to be investing a lot of time and energy into achieving these goals so it makes sense to ensure it’s worthy of your investment.

Goal of the Week

Create a system for making progress on your goals.

  Quote of the Week

“Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.”


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