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Myth – Visualize Winning

Myth – Visualize Winning

"The more you visualize yourself winning, the closer you get to actually winning."

The Truth:

  • Thinking about goals increases the number of times people thought of those goals and decreased the amount of actual work.
  • Research shows that people who used visualization to envision themselves studying instead of getting an A not only performed better, but also experienced less stress and anxiety.

What To Do

  • Remind yourself that work trumps visualization.
  • Don’t visualize yourself too much with the gold medal but also focus on the process.


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Myth – Law of Attraction

Myth – Law of Attraction

"If you think often enough and with enough conviction about what you want you can attract it in your life."

The Truth:

From a psychological perspective, this notion has some merit but there is


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Myth – EI Is 80% Of Success

Myth – EI Is 80% Of Success

"IQ doesn’t matter, it’s all about how you understand and get along with people."

The Truth:

  • Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, found out that EI rises until mid-level management but then decreases at CEO level.
  • Hence, if we ...


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Daniel Pink

Once the ratio hit about 11 to 1, positive emotions began doing more harm than good. Beyond that balance of positive-to-negative, Life becomes a festival of Panglossian cluelessness, where self-delusion suffocates self-improvement.



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Myth – Release Anger

Myth – Release Anger

"To feel better and live fully, you must let out all negative emotions."

The Truth:

There is plenty of evidence that venting your anger actually only makes you more angry and aggressive and increases the negative consequences of anger.


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Myth – Brain Plasticity

Myth – Brain Plasticity

"The brain can rewire and change itself, and that means that you can learn anything."

The Self-Help Lie:

  • There is no talent, only effort. 
  • Since the brain is plastic, you can learn anything and you can get good at anything. 



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Myth – Only 7% of Communication is Verbal

Myth – Only 7% of Communication is Verbal

"Most meaning of human communication is nonverbal, so you can forget about the actual words."

The Truth:

This is what, in a nutshell, the Mehrabian study tells us:

"When it comes to feelings and atittudes, we get most of our cues of the speaker’s i...


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Myth – Goal Setting in Yale

Myth – Goal Setting in Yale

"A survey of Yale’s class of 1953 found out that people who wrote down their goals out-earned all the rest by several orders of magnitude."

The Truth:

Some people looked for the source of this study. 

And there was none.



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Myth – High Self-Esteem

Myth – High Self-Esteem

"The more confident and the higher your self esteem, the better off you are."

The Truth:

That’s not wholly wrong. High self-esteem is good.

But only if accompanied by a 


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Roy Baumeister

Violence ensues when people feel that their favorable views of themselves are threatened or disputed by others.

As a result, people whose self-esteem is high but lacks a firm basis in genuine accomplishment are especially prone ...



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Myth – The 10,000 Hour Rule

Myth – The 10,000 Hour Rule

"If you want to become world-class good all you need to do is put in 10,000 hours."

Why It’s Wrong:

  1. It focuses on the quantity of time practicing, not the quality of the practice ...


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Myth – Incantations

Myth – Incantations

"Repeat yourself a mantra and you will eventually come to believe it and embody it."

The Truth:

"We have found that merely repeating positive statements to yourself does not raise ...


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Myth – Smile And You’re Happy

Myth – Smile And You’re Happy

"To be happy, you just need to smile."

The Lie:

This was actually backed by a famous study originally called in psychology the “facial feedback hypothesis” (


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Myth – Focus Only on Positives

Myth – Focus Only on Positives

"If you focus on positives you will be happier and more successful. If you focus on the negative you will be unhappier."

The Truth:


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Myth – Force Yourself Into Positive States

Myth – Force Yourself Into Positive States

"You become what you think of. Force yourself to think positive and you’re good."

The Truth:

  • Research shows that switching to a good mood when we’re normal is easy.
  • When we’re anxious or stressed and we “force” ourselves to feel good is that we f...


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