goal setting psychology

A Look At The Psychology Of Goal-Setting

Imagine yourself going to work aimlessly every day, talking to others without a reason, working out just because you have to, and not having any aspirations for yourself or those around you. How would you feel? Goal-setting in psychology is an essential tool for self-motivation and se
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goal setting for students and kids

Goal Setting for Students, Kids, & Teens (Incl. Worksheets & Templates)

Do you remember when you learned how to set goals? If you have trouble answering that question, you’re not alone! Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about how we set goals. In fact, many of us don’t even think of goal setting as a skill; rather, it’s just something we do withou
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appreciative inquiry research

The Research on Appreciative Inquiry and its Fields of Application

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an innovative problem-solving approach. Most approaches for problem-solving are rooted in negativity. If we want to improve something, our first thought is to ask what is not working or what is wrong. We start by identifying the problem, analyzing possible
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Appreciative Inquiry Tools

4 Appreciative Inquiry Tools, Exercises and Activities

Appreciative inquiry is about looking for the best in people – in the way they work, they live, and they behave. Initially, appreciative inquiry (AI) was a “fundamental shift in the overall perspective of organizational development that took into account the entire human functio
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Appreciative Inquiry Model

What is Appreciative Inquiry? A Brief History

In an unpredictable global business environment, it’s tempting to approach strategy with specific goals already in mind. More often than not, these are problem-focused and aimed at mitigating threats. Businesses commonly focus on what’s not working and adopt ‘root cause’ mindsets, onl
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laughter

A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

The proverbial phrase “A laugh a day will keep the doctor away” is common in mainstream culture. At first glance, the saying may imply that laughter is a more effective cure than other treatments or medicine. However, it is generally not interpreted so literally. Rather, it is referri
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appreciative inquiry questions

119+ Appreciative Inquiry Interview Questions and Examples

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strengths-based approach to examining and developing the best in human systems. The approach has a lot of overlap with positive psychology in its focus on what’s working, what’s good, and what gives us life. By virtue of its flexible nature, AI can be ap
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goal setting theory

What is Locke’s Goal Setting Theory of Motivation? (Incl. Examples)

Do you often find yourself struggling to change your habits, regardless of how willing you are to set objectives? If your goals rarely reach fruition, you are not alone.  For many, there is the ‘you’ who you would like to be, and then (more consistently) the ‘you’ that you are. These
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what is goal setting and how to do it well

What is Goal Setting and How to Do it Well

Do you ever feel like you’re sleepwalking through life with no real idea of what you want? Perhaps you know exactly what you want to achieve, but have no idea how to get there. That’s where goal setting comes in. Goals are the first step towards planning for the future, and play a fun
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What is Instant Gratification? A Definition + 16 Examples and Quotes

What is Instant Gratification? A Definition + 16 Examples and Quotes

Is there something else you should be doing right now? Working on a project? Writing a paper? Putting away that load of laundry that’s been in the dryer for two days? If so, you’re in good company. We all find ourselves distracted from meeting more long-term goals by more enjoyable sh
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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Psychology – 10 Examples and Definition (+PDF)

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Psychology: 10 Examples and Definition (+PDF)

Do you ever make a prediction and fancy yourself prescient when your prediction “comes true?” You may not believe yourself to be a fortune-teller, but you likely find yourself to be surprisingly accurate with your predictions at least once in a while. For instance, you may predict tha
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed + Key Takeaways From Dweck's Book

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed + Key Takeaways From Dweck’s Book

You’ve probably heard of this movement before—it’s swept the nation and the world into a newfound appreciation for the potential to be found in hard work. Of course, working hard has always been valued. We know that working hard (and working smart) is a good way to achieve our goals.
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Learned Helplessness: Seligman's Theory of Depression (+ Cure)

Learned Helplessness: Seligman’s Theory of Depression (+ Cure)

You’ve likely heard about learned helplessness before. It is a cornerstone of some important theories and ideas in psychology, and even some foundational concepts in positive psychology; however, not only is it important in the field itself, it was a relatively widely understood pheno
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kindness and empathy

40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults

What do you think are the most important traits to encourage in a child’s development? This is an inherently personal question, one that will provoke a wide variety of answers from parents, educators, and researchers around the world. There are so many traits and abilities that can ad
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The Upside of Defensive Pessimism: The Potential Benefit of Anxiety

The Upside of Defensive Pessimism: The Potential Benefit of Anxiety

Defensive pessimism is a strategy used by people who are anxious about an upcoming event. While pessimism is often seen as a negative trait, defensive pessimism can be a useful way for someone to harness their anxiety into positive results. This article will walk through what defensiv
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Differences between Positive Psychology and The Mental Hygiene Movement

What is The Difference Between Positive Psychology and Mental Hygiene?

Some commentators, such as Becker & Marecek 2008, have pointed out the similarities between positive psychology and earlier social movements as a criticism that positive psychology is not revolutionary. One of these social psychology predecessors is the mental hygiene movement whi
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