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J Pers Soc Psychol. 2002 Jul;83(1):231-44.

Attaining personal goals: self-concordance plus implementation intentions equals success.

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Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. koestner@hebb.psych.mcgill.ca

Abstract

The present article includes separate meta-analyses showing that self-concordance and implementation intentions are significantly positively associated with goal progress. Study 1 confirmed the positive relations of both self-concordance and implementation intentions to weekend goal progress. Study 2 confirmed the positive relation of self-concordance with monthly progress on New Year's resolutions but failed to find a direct benefit for implementation intentions. Both studies, however, obtained a significant interaction effect indicating that goal self-concordance and implementation intentions combined synergistically to facilitate goal progress. The article also reports a meta-analysis and results from the 2 studies that demonstrated that goal progress was associated with improved affect over time.

PMID:
12088128
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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