Researchers have long known that we are more likely to change a habit when we define a specific goal (like “eat more fruits and vegetables”) rather than a vague direction (“get healthier”).
Beyond that, researchers have now shown us that if we can attach specific and meaningful labels or images to the outcomes we wish to see, this will increase our motivation for change. For example, it is a lot more motivating to work toward the day when you can sit on the floor and play with your grandchildren, move around the tennis court more easily, or shop for a smaller pant size rather than a generic outcome (“be healthy”).
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How can you get as specific as possible about the healthy outcomes you’d like to see?