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How To Go From Dreaming To Doing: 4 Steps To Motivation - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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How To Go From Dreaming To Doing: 4 Steps To Motivation - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
You have stuff you know you should be doing. But it doesn't get done. You need to go from dreaming to doing - but it's hard. You want to accomplish more at work, hit the gym, get a new job or study harder at school... but it's not happening.

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Go from Dreamer to Do-er

Use the WOOP strategy for achieving goals:

  • Wish: What do you dream of achieving in the future?
  • Outcome: What form will that result take?
  • Obstacles: What’s in the way?
  • Plan: When that obstacle comes what will you do about it? 

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Wish (But Don’t Stop There)

Everything starts with a wish. But don't transform that into fantasy.

When you fantasize, your brain thinks you’ve actually achieved your goal. So rather than ramping up, motivation dials back.

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See A Specific Outcome

Be specific about the form your wish should take.

For example: If a "better work-life balance" is your wish, your outcome  could be “No work on weekends."

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Envision Your Obstacles

You need to deliberately think about the obstacles that might prevent you from achieving the outcome.

This might also help you realize if your goals are actually realistic and worth pursuing.

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Make A Plan

The best way to make sure your plan addresses your obstacles is by using the planning strategy called "implementation intentions."

It uses "If-Then” responses to known stumbling blocks:  “If ____ happens, then I will _____.”

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It is speculated that people confuse daydreams for reality. The warm emotions from the fantasies lead them to feel as if they'd already met their goals. It results in not putting in the hard work needed for success.

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Mental contrasting intervention

Mental contrasting is engaging in a positive fantasy, followed by thinking about the obstacles that might stop you from achieving that goal.

Mental contrasting is a versatile and valuable tool. It is particularly effective when it is combined with implementation intentions ("if-then" plans).

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Rile up those emotions

  • Get Positive. Monitor the progress you’re making and celebrate it.
  • Get Rewarded. Research shows that rewards are responsible for three-quarters of why you do things.
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