HOW TO SET GOALS YOU’LL ACTUALLY ACHIEVE: SELF-TALK

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Instructional self-talk is the internal commentary that happens while we are trying to complete a challenging activity or task. For example, while completing a difficult report at work, your instructional self-talk might sound like, “OK — open up Powerpoint, find a title image, make a chart on the recent statistics…”

This kind of self-talk actually helps us in ways researchers (1) are just beginning to understand — especially with regards to goal-setting. It can help you:

1. Battle Distractions

In today’s digital world — filled with Blackberries, laptops and iPads — it is difficult to focus on a task, especially a challenging one. Instructional self-talk actually lets us focus on the most important basics of the task at hand and help our mind block out anything happening around us. So, when you are working on a report and you only have a few hours to do it, instructional self-talk will help you get the report done faster by blocking out your pinging inbox and beeping phone.

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