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Why You Need To Forecast Your Feelings To Achieve Big Goals

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It refers to how we predict our future emotions and how certain life events will affect them.

We’re generally pretty bad at it—and that impacts our productivity, our goal setting, and our overall happiness

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The main barriers to accurate affective forecasting:

  • Impact Bias: Your tendency to overestimate the intensity and duration of future emotions. 
  • Projection Bias: However you feel in the present, you tend to project that onto the future. 
  • Focalism: Wh...

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“Our ability to look into the future and think about what will make us most happy is the way that we get to a present that pleases us.”

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Affective forecasting is forcing you to view your goals through the lens of what you really want, what will make you happy, and how achieving those goals will make you feel.

It’s a practice that helps you confront peer pressure, other people’s expectations and learned behaviors.

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  1. Understand the things that stand between your present self and your future self. That includes those natural biases, but it also includes situations and events you just can’t predict.
  2. Use mindfulness to get in touch with your emotions, to recognize and understand them, ...

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