The best way to make sure your plan addresses your obstacles is by using the planning strategy called "implementation intentions."
It uses "If-Then” responses to known stumbling blocks: “If ____ happens, then I will _____.”
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Use the WOOP strategy for achieving goals:
Everything starts with a wish. But don't transform that into fantasy.
When you fantasize, your brain thinks you’ve actually achieved your goal. So rather than ramping up, motivation dials back.
Be specific about the form your wish should take.
For example: If a "better work-life balance" is your wish, your outcome could be “No work on weekends."
You need to deliberately think about the obstacles that might prevent you from achieving the outcome.
This might also help you realize if your goals are actually realistic and worth pursuing.
Context is the most powerful catalyst for changing your life. And the persons you associate with often determine the type of person you become.
For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change.
Gabriele Oettingen, an NYU psychologist, studied the curious mechanisms of wish fulfillment from inception to realization for over two decaades. It appears that the journey of wish fulfillment revolves four main protagonists: the dreamer, the dream, the fantasy, and the obstacle.
Productivity systems rarely take emotions into account. And feelings are a fundamental and unavoidable part of why humans do what they do.
We need to think to plan but we need to feel to act.
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