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Adhering To Long-Term Goals

Adhering To Long-Term Goals

There is a strategy we can use to guide us in making better decisions and reduce discrepancies when faced with challenges. The If/Then Tactic also known as Matros's Strategy uses the power of anticipating future scenarios and creating concrete plans for when we finally face the moment.

It allows us to work on our patience and perseverance by focusing on the things we will do rather than those we won't do and it makes the tactic powerful and effective.

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Applying the If/Then Tactic

When we start applying the If/Then tactic to our personal lives or even while working we can prevent succumbing to stress and easily think of responses towards different situations.

Envision yourself in different scenarios that you can think of and jot down the plans or actions to be taken so that you will feel less anxious. Example: If I am going to start eating healthy then I have to stop eating junk food.

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The If/Then Tactic and Hidden Biases

People are biased whether they are conscious of it or not. Studies show that even people who deem they are not discriminatory when put in situations where they must act quickly, hidden biases can often dictate their actions and override their intentions.

When having vulnerable decision points the If/Then tactic gives us an advanced plan of action instead of making rash decisions. It helps create an impulse buffer between frustration and one's decision-making process.

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