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A smarter way to think about goals in 2024

Tips on building a sustainable path to success

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It’s that magical time of year: resolution season. If you really want to crush your goals in 2024, it’s not about setting targets and crossing them off your checklist. It's about understanding the deeper reasons behind your aspirations and creating a sustainable path to success.

Before diving into how to achieve your desired outcomes, take a step back and consider the bigger picture. What are the larger forces at play that could help or hinder your progress? Understanding the macro gives you a better foundation for working towards your goals.

This week’s links will help you critically evaluate your goals for the next year and turn them into a reality. There’s surprising research on what psychopaths can teach us about success, a story about the dark side of fitness trackers and a TED talk on why your goals should be a secret.

Wherever you are in the world right now, have a joyful and productive week.

– Anna at SafetyWing

Conventional wisdom tells us that sharing our goals with others can help with accountability and drive us to succeed. The science, however, says otherwise. So, maybe it’s better to keep your resolutions a secret this year…

Derek Sivers for TED

What if the key to unleashing your productivity lies in physics? Newton’s Laws of Motion tell you everything you need to know to increase your output, streamline your work, and improve your life.

James Clear for jamesclear.com

The word "psychopath" conjures images of violent criminals. However, contrary to popular belief, not all psychopaths turn to crime, many of them are incredibly successful in life. There are valuable lessons in examining their traits…

David Adam for Nautilus

Catholics have Lent, Jews have Yom Kippur, and Muslims have Ramadan. Each tradition asks you to give something up in the name of piety and self-improvement. Whether your goal is to quit sugar, smoking, or social media, sacrifice requires discipline. Researchers explain how to do it right.

Arthur C. Brooks for The Atlantic

In America alone, 62.4 million people use a fitness tracker. They can be a powerful tool to help you reach your health goals. But does our collective obsession with quantifying ourselves have a dark side?

Julia Craven for FiveThirtyEight

Having goals is one thing; achieving them is another. This year, ditch the vague resolutions and embrace a strategic approach to goal-setting with these proven, science-backed tactics to transform your intentions into action.

Allison Walsh for Harvard Business Review

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