Feeling Like You’ve Already Failed Is Normal

We’re back with the third episode of our goal setting series and this time we’re tackling the near-inevitable hopelessness that we all feel when our goals seem a little too far out of reach. This “valley of despair” is totally normal (there are even studies about it!) and we’re sharing our best tips for how to get out of the pit. Carrie dives into the difference between tactics and goals, the importance of being honest with yourself and the goals you’ve set, and the magic of measurement.

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Mentioned in this episode: 

The 12 Week Year


Spotify Playlist of Goal Setting Localist Episodes 

Robin Arzon 

WW – Weight Watchers

Effortless by Greg McKeown 

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lillies by Tara Schuster 


12 Week Mastermind 

Javacia Harris Bowser on the Localist Podcast 

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