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Mental attainment

Mental attainment

There is a correlation between positive thinking and ineffective performance, because expectations of a successful outcome demonstrably relaxes a person so much that they lack the energy to achieve the desired outcome.

When you pretend you’ve achieved something you want, the brain thinks you have and there goes the get up and go. 

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Mental contrasting

Mental contrasting

It involves attaching positive thinking to realistic goals

This approach also connects positive thinking to a realistic assessment of one’s possibilities, an awareness of obstacles is inevitable, and that leads to a second aspect of successful mental contrasting.

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Implementation intentions

Implementation intentions

It involves developing if-then strategies for things that may not go as well as hoped as you work to achieve your goals. 

With these in place, you’re ready to “improvise” — in quotes because you’ve actually planned out your response in advance — as need be and keep moving forward.

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 The WOOP method

The WOOP method

It stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan and is a practical system to help you turn wishful thinking into reality.

Write down your wish, outcome, obstacle, and plan to make it concrete.

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