It is natural to daydream about the things we want - how wonderful it would be if you learned a new language or wrote a novel. But, merely visualising a brighter future won't make it more likely.
Research shows that we should make pragmatic plans to accomplish our goals. To prevent our good intentions from remaining wishful thinking, we should compare our vision with our current circumstance, identify the obstacles, and find the best way to overcome them.
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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."
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 achi...
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.
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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