Dr. Michaelides is a published clinical psychologist with over 15 years of behavior change experience. Dr. Michaelides has also worked as a research consultant for the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital to research novel treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. As Chief of Psychology, Dr. Michaelides developed Noom’s human coaching program and oversees a team of thousands of coaches who help users meet their long-term goals by better understanding themselves, their brain, and the science of choice.
If there is anything that the past two years have taught us, it is that no matter how much you plan, challenges and obstacles are inevitable. While you can’t know what the future holds, you can always learn from the past. When setting goals, it can be beneficial to take a minute and reflect on what common issues you have experienced when setting these kinds of goals in the past. The most powerful, thorny, and defeating obstacles are the ones we consistently face and seem impossible to overcome. Once you’ve identified those patterns, start taking small steps to break them, always bearing in mind that progress is not linear.20 December 2021
When it comes to goal setting and creating good habits, many start off strong and then fall off, feel defeated, and continue in the same vicious cycle. A very common — but ultimately counterproductive — belief is that we have to do everything perfectly to achieve the change we want. We find this mindset hard to shake because self-acceptance is not where most people begin their journey. Accepting the ups and downs of making a change releases us from this perfectionist mindset. This can lead to profound life changes and makes the process more enjoyable.20 December 2021