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Find Your Fire: Why Chasing Goals Makes You Glow

(and Not Just from Achievement)

Ever wonder why that run makes you feel amazing, finishing a project sparks joy, or even crossing simple errands off your list leaves a warm flush of satisfaction? Turns out, it’s not just about achieving the goal itself – it’s the emotional fuel that propels us towards it. Psychologists are revealing a juicy secret: most of the positive emotions we experience are tied to chasing a goal.

Think of positive emotions like sunshine. They bathe us in warmth, boost our energy, and help us blossom. But here’s the kicker: that sunshine isn’t just a reward at the finish line. It’s the very light guiding us there!

Why? Positive emotions have two superpowers:

1. Pain Queller: Like a magical balm, positive feelings soothe internal ouchies. Stress, anxiety, even physical pain? Positive emotions act like an analgesic, dimming their sting and making the journey towards our goals smoother.

2. Negativity Neutralizer: Negative emotions are like pesky shadows, sucking the joy out of even the sunniest days. But guess what? Positive emotions push those shadows back! They act like emotional bleach, cleansing our internal landscape and making room for light and joy.

So, if you’re craving a dose of emotional sunshine, forget waiting for the perfect day. Grab a shovel and start digging! Here’s how:

  • Unearth your Spark: What makes your heart sing? It might be learning a language, writing that novel, mastering a new skill, or simply decluttering your home. The key is finding a goal that ignites your inner fire.
  • Plant the Seeds: Break down your goal into bite-sized steps. Each mini-achievement along the way becomes a mini-sunshine shower, keeping you motivated and your mood blooming.
  • Tend the Flame: Celebrate every milestone, big or small! Acknowledge your progress, pat yourself on the back, and savor the positive emotions. They’re not just fleeting butterflies; they’re fertilizer for your ongoing growth.

I’m super impressed with the Self Authoring Suite by Psychologist Dr Jordan Petersen – it helps to set goals and can really clarify where you want to go, where you’ve been and what steps you need to take to achieve your dreams … guaranteed happiness.

Remember, reaching the finish line is just the cherry on top. The real magic happens in the chase itself. So, go forth, set your sights on a goal, and let the positive emotions light your path. You might just surprise yourself with how much you glow, even before you reach the final destination.

Bonus Tip: Share your goals with supportive friends and family. Their encouragement and shared victories can amplify your emotional sunshine even further!

Let’s make chasing goals a recipe for emotional well-being. So, what are you waiting for? Go find your fire!