Setting Goals | Positive Psychology News Daily – Pt. 1

setting goals

October 10, 2013

Part one of an interview by Kathryn Britton, MAPP ’06

It is my great pleasure to interview Caroline Adams Miller, author of Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide, a book about effectively pursuing life goals, and Positively Caroline: How I beat bulimia for good… and found real happiness, a book about her long-term recovery from bulimia.

yourhappiest lifeCaroline runs an online course on setting and pursuing important life goals. The course is open to anyone in the world that can access the lessons by computer. A new cohort of the course starts October 21 with early bird pricing through October 8. Click on Your Happiest Life to explore and register.

Kathryn: You’ve been interested in research and applications around goal-setting since you started the MAPP program in 2005, resulting in your book, Creating Your Best Life in 2009. What keeps you interested in this topic?

Caroline: I’ve always loved learning about the pursuit of excellence, possibly because I’ve always been a competitive athlete and I come from a family that includes Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalists. I know that I feel great when I accomplish any kind of huge goal, and the research I learned in the Penn MAPP program underscored why setting both short-term and long-term goals that are purposeful and challenging is what the happiest people do.

Since then, Martin Seligman has even added “achievement” as the A in PERMA, his new formula for a flourishing life. One of the highlights of my life is working with clients to help them set and achieve life-changing goals, There is nothing that could make life more satisfying than the type of work I am privileged to do every day.

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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