Goals and Goal Setting

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Using your values to inform your goals

Where to start with making changes? Values discovery exercises

Sometimes, you can feel like something is just off. You can’t put a finger on it, but the juice is missing out of life. There’s a niggling feeling in the back of your mind, that comes o…

How a growth mindset can help you achieve your goals

Fixed vs Growth Mindset

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her excellent book Mi…

How do I Motivate Myself? Part One – Windy Ridge Counselling

How do I Motivate Myself? Part One

Great question – if anyone can find an answer to this that works 100% of the time, please let me know immediately! What is motivation? We know that: Motivation is particular to a course of ac…

How do I Motivate Myself? Part Two – Windy Ridge Counselling

How do I Motivate Myself? Part Two

Hopefully, you’ve worked on your cost-benefit grid for a decision you’re trying to make. Take a look, is there anything on there we would consider an “extrinsic” motivator? …

Stages of Change, or, I Know I Should, But… – Windy Ridge Counselling

Stages of Change, or, I Know I Should, But…

Making changes is HARD. Even when the status quo is undesirable, even when we know the change would be better, even when we have all the tools and resources at our disposal. Often, we wait until ou…

Top Tips for Motivating Yourself to Take the First Step – Windy Ridge Counselling

Top Tips for Motivating Yourself to Take the First Step

Change is hard. Here are my top tips for motivating yourself to take the first step when you really don’t feel like it.

How to set SMART goals

Goal Setting: How to Set SMART Goals

Goals create structure, drive, and a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Without something to work towards, we can feel caught in the same routine day in and day out, years passing us by without anyt…

Feel like something needs to change but not sure where to start? Use The Miracle Question – Windy Ridge Counselling

I Don’t Know Where to Start! The Miracle Question.

If we are feeling really stuck, sometimes it’s extremely difficult to know what we can change and where to start. This is when the Miracle Question (created by Steve deShazer for the Solution…

Working Towards Your Goals: Part One – Windy Ridge Counselling

Working Towards Your Goals: Part One

Goal setting is the easy part. Following through is a different story. This is why New Year’s Resolutions are so popular to set and rarely achieved. Over the next couple of posts I’ll b…

Working Towards Your Goals Part Two – 5 Tips for Making Progress Towards Your Goals – Windy Ridge Counselling

Working Towards Your Goals Part Two – 5 Tips for Making Progress Towards Your Goals

I’ve gotten serious about working towards some goals recently, so I’m going to share with you some of the tips that are helping me make progress. 1. Make a list of sub-goals with deadli…

Working Towards Your Goals Part Three: Willpower – Windy Ridge Counselling

Working Towards Your Goals Part Three: Willpower

When we’re excited about a new goal, getting started can be easy. We’ve spent the money on the gym membership, we’ve got the new textbooks for class, we’ve signed up for the…

Working Towards Your Goals Part Four: I Want-Power – Windy Ridge Counselling

Working Towards Your Goals Part Four: I Want-Power

“I Want-Power”, the third of the three types of willpower described by Dr. Kelly McGonigal in The Willpower Instinct, is the most exciting to me. While “I Will-Power” and …

Treats de-railing your goals? Change what "treat" means. How to Treat Yourself in 2018

How to Treat Yourself in 2018

At the end of every year I write something about the great recurring problem of holiday baking. For many people, it’s a time of year when it’s easy to become surrounded by dangerous snacks. In fact it’s a mathematical certainty—each attendee at a Christmas gathering brings a week’s worth of caloric energy, and it would be a shame to let

Too many hobbies and interests? Here's how to focus. Go Deeper, Not Wider - Raptitude blog

Go Deeper, Not Wider

I keep imagining a tradition I’d like to invent. After you’re established in your career, and you have some neat stuff in your house, you take a whole year in which you don’t start anything new or acquire any new possessions you don’t need. No new hobbies, equipment, games, or books are allowed during this year. Instead, you have to

Is the urge for instant gratification getting in the way of reaching your goals? – Windy Ridge Counselling

Wrestling with the PIG (the Problem of Instant Gratification)

The PIG and I have daily struggles. Whether it’s to eat that slice of cake, leave the dishes til tomorrow, or give up on learning a new skill when it gets difficult, the PIG is right there whisperi…