Could a cyclical mindset be the key to reaching all your goals?Feeling bloated the morning after a night of margaritas and nachos with the girls, you decide, "This is it. Today is the day I'm going to start eating better."
Except that you told yourself this exact same thing last Thursday after skipping lunch and then eating way too much spaghetti after work. And the week before when you had ice cream for dinner.
The problem isn't your willpower-it's your mindset, according to a recent study published in Psychological Science.
Researchers asked 145 adults to focus on saving money using either the linear, future-looking approach most of us tend to favor, or by applying a cyclical strategy and breaking their overall goal into smaller, concrete, repetitive actions such as "I'll put $10 into savings each day." After two weeks, those who adopted a cyclical mindset saved 80 percent more than the linear group and a group that received no instruction.
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