The Stress in Goal Setting

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In the last post, I talked about the Goal Setting Stress. What I did not describe for you is how I was using stress as it relates to goal setting. In this blog, I will connect the two for you. According to Psychology Today, stress is a reaction to a stimulus (in this case goal setting) that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium.

In the case of goal setting, a person is either moving towards a goal or away from the goal. The fact that it is a goal means it is different from the current reality. If the goal is perceived to be a contradiction to the current reality, then cognitive dissonance occurs. In the explanation, cognitive dissonance is defined as stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs or ideas at the same time. Here cognitive dissonance is the stimulus, and stress…

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