We all need goals, explains Dr Deirdre MacIntyre clinical psychologist and director of the Institute for Child Education and Psychology Europe.
“Having goals makes us more positive about the future, because it makes hope real – people
think of hope as an emotion, she explains, whereas in fact it is about goal-focused behavior.”
A goal could be anything from planning a foreign trip to a gardening project or a new fitness
They need to be exciting enough to stimulate us, she explains - but realistic and achievable so
that when we reach them, they give us a strong sense of accomplishment:
“This nourishes our sense of our own effectiveness in our lives.”
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