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Goal Setting and Behavior Change (Replay of Episode 71)

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In preparation for the new year (and the resolutions that come with it), we’re replaying Episode 71, which is all about goal setting and behavior change.

In this episode from the SBSPOD archive, Eric and Greg have a long, evidence-based conversation about the research on setting effective goals and successfully changing health behaviors. The discussion yields several evidence-based tips for setting better goals and maximally supporting your ability to achieve them.

To learn even more about goal setting, check out the in-depth SBS article at https://www.strongerbyscience.com/goal-setting.


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Intro/Announcements (0:00)

Research Review: Goal setting and behavior change (1:04)

Fake urgency (3:17)

Success rates of New Year’s Resolutions (5:47)

Temporal landmarks (13:30)

SMART goals (18:42)

Creating a goal hierarchy (21:30)

Superordinate goals (25:27)

Equifinality and Multifinality (32:23)

Mental contrasting (35:23)

Approach versus avoidance (43:48)

Flexible versus rigid restraint (0:49:56)

Process versus outcome (55:07)

Mastery versus performance (59:44)

Goal difficulty; “slack with a cost” (1:07:23)

Setting specific goals (1:16:51)

Implementation intentions (1:17:26)

Stimulus control; modifying your environment (1:24:03)

Social support and feedback (1:26:47)

How MacroFactor supports evidence-based goal striving and behavior change (1:38:45)



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