January 10, 2023

New Year's intentions, discipline, self-compassion, and the middle way

On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss setting intentions for the new year. They explore how to set values-based intentions vs goals, the struggle of walking the middle path between ambition and contentment, the value of journaling, and much more.

(2:00) New Year’s resolutions and how our values change
(3:41) Essentialism by Greg McKeown and setting an essential intent for the year
(4:57) The backlash against “hustle culture” and balancing on the middle way
(9:12) Discipline, self-compassion, and play
(12:00) Giving yourself “permission” to relax
(14:30) Being flexible with your goals and calibrating them to your values
(19:10) Embracing making mistakes
(24:18) Visualizing failure and dealing with worry
(26:43) The three “E’s” of goal-setting
(29:30) Connect your goals to your deep “why”, be clear, be focussed
(33:10) The utility of writing and journaling for goal-setting
(40:05) Development, embarrassment, self-compassion, and being vs doing

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