How to avoid ‘double-bad feelings’ that can derail your goals

Have you ever noticed the relationship between bad feelings and failing? Some context is helpful when processing a question like this one. Here's an example. For the coming year, Jack set personal health goals pledging to make better nutritional choices and increase his physical activity. He hoped he would achieve these goals. However, within a few days life ramped up again, as usual, demanding Jack's attention and time. By the end of the workday, he was feeling overwhelmed. These bad feelings influenced his decisions to skip exercise and to replace his planned dinner of salad and roast chicken with a takeout burger and fries in an attempt to feel better. The result? Double-bad feelings.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.