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Everyone has different tips for setting goals and meeting them. From failed New Years' Resolutions to short spurts of yoga, we are all guilty of setting the mark too high. In this episode, journalist Monica Campbell talks about the magic that happens with certain kinds of goals.
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Everyone has different tips for setting goals and meeting them. From failed New Years' Resolutions to short spurts of yoga, we are all guilty of setting the mark too high. In this episode, journalist Monica Campbell talks about the magic that happens with certain kinds of goals.
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this kind of struggle of like God, I just can't get 30 minutes of relaxing, reading or calm in my life. So I found what worked Waas announcing it on saying, Hey, this is what I'm doing. It's really important to me to read. If you guys want me to be somebody wanna be around. I recommend that we work together as a family so that I can do this this as much as we all do our things right. So I kind of sold it as like when I say I'm reading tonight between eight and 8 30 reading and I secure that time. That's time I've scheduled and it's important. I mean, that really seemed to work. It's kind of like a family plan. So yeah, getting the group buy in on it. And, uh, that will be a lot less grumpy if we're able Thio all kind of do our own little things that help us to sort of unwind. Yeah, so that that was a tip. And then I wake up pretty early, and I continued waking up early on a couple of weekends that felt like not because I had to get up early to attend a meeting, but that I wanted to get up and do some reading, and I was really energized to do that. And it's very it's quite time right in the house. So yeah, just finding those pinpointing those moments when you know that you're not gonna be going against the grain so much and building it in then I love what you said. You know about announcing it because in this new era of parenting, and I suspect you may be part of this like we are so interested in our kids own motivations and interest, we forget Thio, tell them what we like or want. There's really value in that, you know, in the science of happiness, the literature, really, for 20 years or so, that really sort of focused on what are the different practices that you can do. You no go outside for a walk or write about gratitude or set some goals. And now the field is moving to this interesting question of well, does the practice kind of align with your values, you know, and or does it miss a line? You know, sometimes when I teach, like it's great to get outdoors and somebody like God. I was raised in New York City. I don't like being outdoors, you know, and I'm wondering within the goal setting literature. There's this nice research showing that what really matters is that the goal you try to enact fits your values what you care about. Do you think that choosing this reading for pleasure fit some set of values you were hoping to embody a little bit more? Well, I mean, that's why I want to read is to explore and be challenged because I enter people's lives unannounced often and with this license to ask a lot of questions that might seem really personal. And I'm always wondering if I'm getting something terribly wrong or right, you know, and you just don't know that unless you just keep exploring and learning and questioning and wondering. And it just can't be, you know, limited to our work day or even our interactions with our neighbors or friends. So in a way, books are a portal for that, of just seeing that there's no such thing as a one dimensional way of looking at people. And that's just what I'm always terrified of doing is presenting people in some way that is fitting into some sort of box or a peg or a frame. An amazing writing, hopefully just tackles that in a wonderful way.
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