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Most of us set ourselves goals, but what if there was a way to push ourselves to achieve more?

Summary

Most of us constantly set ourselves goals and generally try to achieve them, but how can we improve? For example, if we use 'goal consistent framing', we might plan to work out four times a week. Whereas, if you use 'goal-inconsistent framing', you would say to yourself, 'I will only rest three days a week'. The difference is that being inconsistent in the way we frame our goals can bring negative emotions like guilt, regret and disappointment. Strangely, this boosts motivation to achieve more, and for example, you may find yourself working out more times than you initially planned. Seven different studies that included the laboratory and real-world settings showed that using this goal-setting method made people more ambitious, producing a desire for self-improvement. Knowing the influence that 'goal-inconsistent' decisions can have, we can use the thought of failure to motivate ourselves to be more ambitious and exceed our set goals.