In our annual New Year episode, we look back at what we accomplished in the previous year and set goals for the next one. Unfortunately, over the past two years my success rate hasn't been good - 33% to be exact. I’m not the only one with this problem. Goals are inherently hard and life can take us in different directions that move the finish line. Still, it’s obvious that we need help, so in today’s episode, we bring on a guest who knows a whole lot about goals and motivation.

Hengchen Dai, a researcher on goals, motivation, and self regulation. She holds a PhD from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and she’s an assistant professor of Organizational Behavior at Washington University in St Louis’s Olin Business School.

We discuss strategies to increase your chances of achieving your goals in 2017.

  • A temporal landmark or "Fresh Start" will help motivate goal pursuit.
  • Reengage goals with a range.
  • Give yourself skin in the game.
  • Reduce cognitive load when choosing between a "should" and a "want"
  • Utilize temptation bundling
  • Plan B is not an option

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For the fourth consecutive season, MtnMeister will be hosting its OR Giveaway episode. In this extra-popular episode, we record segments with companies about their latest and greatest gear, technologies, footwear, and apparel. All participating companies give away free prizes to our loyal listeners.

Here's how to win: After you listen to the episode, email and say which specific prize you want. The first person who requests a prize, gets it! You can only win once and you can't trade for a different prize. Listening early is important, but the episode is released on mystery date, unless...

We are offering you the opportunity to purchase information about the episode’s release (the date, a time window, or the EXACT date and time). Last giveaway episode, there were over 30 prizes and 26 people purchased the “date and exact time” package. Those are damn good odds!

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$12 for the date and exact time -

Note: these prices will double on January 1st, so ACT NOW!

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If you’re a fan of this show, you probably understand that time outside makes you feel better. In fact, you’ve probably built it into your schedule - a little time outside every day keeps the doctor away, right? Buy why does this work? Are there bigger implications than your own personal use? On today’s episode, we bring you three distinguished guests who are working on advancing nature as a public health solution.
Episode Guests:
Stacy Bare, Director of Sierra Club Outdoors and veteran of the United States Army
Dr. Nooshin Razani, pediatrician and researcher at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Craig Anderson, post-doc researcher and fellow at the UCSF VA hospital and the Greater Good Science Center.
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