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Why You Need To Forecast Your Feelings To Achieve Big Goals
How would you feel if, six months from now, you lost your job? How will you feel if you meet the love of your life tomorrow? What kind of work will make you happy a year from now? How much money would it take for you to feel carefree?

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Affective forecasting

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 ...

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We're bad at predicting our feelings

The main barriers to accurate affective forecasting:

  • Impact Bias: Your tendency to overestimate the intensity and duration of future emotions. 
  • Projection Bias

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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.”

Daniel Gilbert

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Seeing your goals differently

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 pra...

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3 ways to set rewarding goals

  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 pr...

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... for choosing personal goals. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Ask yourself which aspect of your life you would like to change most.
  2. Think about why you want to change this.
  3. How will that change make you feel? Determine what exactly will make you feel this way.
  4. Ask yourself how you can make this happen and then make it your personal goal.

The Life Balance Chart Technique

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  • Think what will make you be fully satisfied with these areas. Write down your ideas – you will be able to transform them into personal plans.

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The key to shifting your perspective and developing the habit of thinking big involves stepping outside of yourself and into another persona — essentially becoming someone who will help you see things bigger, better and more creatively.

You must also think from the perspective of having no limitations or fears and ask big questions persistently until the right answer comes to mind.

Barriers To Thinking Big

  • Limiting habits: procrastination, immediatism, negative thinking, making excuses, solving insignificant problems, over-analyzing, perfectionism.
  • People criticize and judge the unknown and big ideas are often so.
  • Fears of failure and the unknown restrict us to small thoughts, decisions, and actions. 
  • Lack of time turns us into small thinkers and immediatists. 
  • Lack of incentives robs you of the motivation to stretch yourself emotionally or physically. 

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Re-evaluate and reprioritize

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Use the deadline as motivation

At the beginning of the year, you had a blank slate of 12 full months ahead of you. Now, you’re on a downhill run toward the end of the year. Use this as your deadline.

With a more limited time frame, now you need to be more specific about what you want to accomplish–and realistic about what you need to let go for now.

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