Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman Emperor, said: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”
 
Most of us have heard something similar to the quote above about disciplining our thoughts in a positive, productive manner.

But how do we apply the concept to our failures?

If you are like me, you have not been 100% successful in your attempts towards your 2018 goals. (For more on the importance of setting habits to achieve goals, see 1-Minute Productivity Episode 29.)

In 1-Minute Productivity Episode 30, find out what Stanford University psychologist Dr. Kelly McGonigal says about one important aspect of a goal-oriented mindset and how it applies to missteps on our path to accomplishing our goals.

If you haven’t already, check out the ‘Don’t break the chain’ episode and the effective habit-building download.  

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Video Transcript

Below is the full video transcript, for those who prefer to read.

How you may be sabotaging your SMART goals and the mindset change you need to fix it for good!

Hi, I’m Steve Kahle – Welcome to 1-Minute Productivity, Episode 30!

We like the SMART goal framework – setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timebound.

Having a SMART goal MINDSET is equally important.

Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal finds that when we fail to do something that will advance our goals, often our default mode is to be highly self-critical.

But guilt is not productive, and we can find ourselves coping by binge watching Netflix or eating an oversized bowl of ice cream!

Choose instead, a critical shift in mindset.

We need to acknowledge we are human. Then get back on track by choosing to swiftly forgive ourselves and move on – to keep aiming forward.

Check out the ‘Don’t break the chain’ episode and the effective habit-building download.

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