Thursday, October 27, 2016

book: Rethinking Positive Thinking (idea: WOOP)

Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen | PhilosophersNotes - OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson

Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen - YouTube

Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation - Kindle edition by Gabriele Oettingen. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle eBooks @

Gabriele Oettingen Turns Her Mind to Motivation in ‘Rethinking Positive Thinking’ - The New York Times

"...principle of ‘Dream it. Wish it. Do it.’ does not hold true, and now we know why: in dreaming it, you undercut the energy you need to do it. You put yourself in a temporary state of bliss, calmness—and lethargy.  
By fooling our brains into thinking we’re already successful, we lose motivation and energy to do what it takes to actually become successful.  
solution: "mental contrasting": the best way to get people up and moving was to ask them to dream and then to confront them right away with the realities that stood in the way of their dreams.  
Our wish needs to be feasible. We need to think we can actually achieve it.  
If we don’t think we can achieve it, our motivation actually drops, and that is a good thing because sometimes we need to disengage from a unrealistic dream

technique: "implementation intention:" ‘if-then’ statement:
'If situation
x arises, then I will perform response y.’ 

WOOP: Wish + Outcome + Obstacle + Plan. 

  • Wish: What do you want to see in your life personally or professionally? Imagine something challenging yet feasible you can achieve in a year, month, week or day.
  • Outcome: What is the #1 benefit you would experience as a result?
  • Obstacle: What obstacle within you stands in the way of achieving that wish? 
  • Plan: What can you do to get around that obstacle? What’s the #1 most effective thing you could do? "
WOOP ... or Rethinking Positive Thinking | Karin Sebelin | Pulse | LinkedIn

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