3 ways to set rewarding goals - Deepstash

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 predict.
  2. Use mindfulness to get in touch with your emotions, to recognize and understand them, without being consumed by them.
  3. Consider outside forces and their effects.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Why You Need To Forecast Your Feelings To Achieve Big Goals

The main barriers to accurate affective forecasting:

  • Impact Bias: Your tendency to overestimate the intensity and duration of future emotions. 
  • Projection Bias: However you feel in the present, you tend to project that onto the future. 
  • Focalism: When picturing an event in the future, you tend to focus only on that event, to the exclusion of everything else that may happen.

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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.”

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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 our overall happiness

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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 practice that helps you confront peer pressure, other people’s expectations and learned behaviors.

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The Fresh Start Effect

During the new year, our birthday or even the start of a school year, most of us have a feeling of a fresh start, a new beginning.

These 'fresh start' moments provide us with a temporary motivation to pursue our goals.

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Mistakes in predicting our future feelings

We are not very good at guessing how we'll feel in the future. In predicting how we will feel in the future, we commonly use the past experience as a guide.

But our brain favours the extreme and most recent events. We tend to focus on the main features of an event and less on the journey to get there. This means that we won't always make the best decisions about our lives.

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Hedonic adaptation

We adapt fast to changes in our lives. This trait is beneficial to us when through hard times or adapting to new surroundings, but it also means that when we achieve something that should bring great happiness (getting a new car, a new job, a new relationship) we adapt too quickly. Those new things become familiar very quickly and that amazing burst of happiness is just that, a temporary dose.

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