10X Leadership Lab Podcast: Realizing Happiness through Goal Setting and Good Grit

April 11, 2022

Realizing Happiness through Goal Setting and Good Grit

Studies have found that the happiest and most successful people are those who wake up every day to clear-cut, meaningful goals that provide purpose, and who use grit to accomplish those goals. So, what is the connection between goal setting and finding your purpose?

In this week’s episode, we are thrilled to welcome author and executive coach, Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP. We share a candid conversation about the importance of women being authentic leaders and mentors through uplifting other women in their ideas, goals, and accomplishments. Plus, we discuss how to realize your purpose and happiness through accomplishing hard goals with good grit.

In this episode:

2:45- Get to know Caroline–how sharing personal stories inspire and educate others

9:00- The evidence behind women supporting women

22:30- How can leaders consciously amplify women’s successes?

31:15- The link between happiness and goal setting

40:45- How good grit can be cultivated in our lives

About Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP

For three decades, Caroline has been a pioneer with her groundbreaking work in the areas of goal setting, grit, happiness and success. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation, flourishing and growth. Caroline helps people identify, come up with a plan for, and persist in pursuing their toughest goals — leading to their success, happiness and flourishing, while inspiring those around them.

Achieving hard, meaningful goals is one of the most rewarding things we can do in both our personal and professional lives. Although she didn’t have a word for it at the time, Caroline used “grit” and a resilient mindset to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia, which propelled her into the spotlight when her autobiography, My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), became the first recovery memoir to offer hope to eating disorder sufferers who didn’t know recovery was possible. Today, she helps others develop the traits they need to get to the finish line.

Angela Duckworth, winner of the 2013 MacArthur Genius grant for her research on grit, said of Caroline:

“I don’t know anybody who has thought more than [Caroline] about

how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives!

Angela Duckworth

Caroline is the author of seven books, including the bestselling My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), which was an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild, and Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), its sequel. Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009/2021), is the first mass market self-help book on the science of happiness and how it intersects with the science of accomplishing goals. It is popular in the mass market and is also used as a textbook in numerous coaching and Positive Psychology classes around the world. The “father of Positive Psychology,” Martin Seligman, lauded Caroline’s scholarship in his book Flourish, noting that she had “added a major missing piece to the world of coaching” because of her ground-breaking and evidence-based connection between Positive Psychology and success.

Her workbook, Your Happiest Life, is a four-week guide to help users learn how to set and accomplish goals in a step-by-step way through science-based activities and proven techniques. Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) discusses why the character strength grit is so important to a flourishing life, who has it, and how to cultivate, amplify, and teach it. Her newest book, #I have your Back Success Groups (2021) is a how-to guide for women on how to create and benefit from a mastermind group. Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top 10 goal setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the 10 books that would change your life in 2017. Caroline’s books have been translated into German, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Italian. Caroline has been a chapter contributor to a number of books including Full Lives, Thriving Women, Thriving World and a French psychology textbook.

About 10X Leadership Lab

We believe you matter, your work matters, and your business matters. The 10X Impact Conversations podcast is designed to help you thrive in life and work using science, coaching, and conscious practices you can integrate today. In each episode, our host Laura Jaurez discusses or interviews leaders and experts to uncover how people and organizations are making the world better through their own evolution, relationships, and work.

This podcast is a production of 10X Leadership Lab – a conscious executive coaching and consulting practice committed to making the world better by making business better.

Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP is a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal-setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. Caroline is the author of eight books, including Positively CarolineMy Name is Caroline,  Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit. Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top ten goal-setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the ten books that will change your life in 2017.  Her new book, Big Goals, is anticipated for release in the fall of 2024.  Caroline has been featured in BBC World NewsThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News &World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN.  She is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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