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The Science Behind Setting Goals

Inspired to get your health on track and start a clean and active lifestyle? Discover the psychological science behind goal-setting that will help you stay on track…



How do you think of yourself? Researchers have found that the way we think of ourselves can determine the type of goals we set. Those of us who think of ourselves as independent (distinct from others) will aim for more ambitious goals, such as losing a certain number of pounds, and will be more motivated when the goal directly benefits ourselves; but those of us who think of ourselves as interdependent (aiming to fit in with others) will be drawn to goals that are focused more on weight-maintenance – and are more likely to succeed when the goal benefits our friends and society. So, which category do you fall into?

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