In this post, taken from my book, “How Successful People Think Differently” you will discover how to overcome limiting labels:
Hundreds of research studies show that the following technique can triple your chances of success.
Before I reveal the technique to you, let us look at one of the experiments conducted.
For example, they would plan ahead by saying, “If it’s Monday, then I’ll go to the gym at 5 p.m. and exercise for an hour.” The other participants were given no such instructions and didn’t plan ahead.
So, what were the results of the study?
It turns out that several months later, only 39% of the non-planners were exercising regularly.
What about the if-then planning group?
An amazing 91% of the if-then planners were still exercising regularly!
Wow, isn’t that amazing? 39% success rate for non-planners versus 91% success rate for if-then planners.
Using the if-then strategy makes it much more likely that you will take action on your goals.
For example, let’s say that your goal is to wake up at 7 a.m. every day and go jogging. Your if-then strategy would be:
“If it’s 7 a.m., I will immediately jump out of bed, put on my tracksuit and sneakers and go for a jog around the block”
The if-then strategy works because it prepares our brains for future scenarios. By planning what we will do in advance to a future scenario, we unconsciously create a mental command that tells us how to act when the said scenario arises:
- “If I feel the urge to bite my nails, I will immediately shove my hands inside my pockets.”
- “If I get the craving to eat chocolate cake, then I will immediately eat some sliced fruits instead.”
- “If I get angry, then I will take some deep breaths.”
- “If it’s a Saturday, I will go to the gym at 7 a.m. and exercise for an hour before having breakfast.”
Now, there’s one tiny warning. Don’t set negative if-then goals. What are negative if-then goals? Here’s an example: “If I get angry, then I won’t shout.” This is a negative if-then goal because it focuses on what you won’t do, which only makes you focus more on it. It’s similar to me telling you “don’t think of an elephant”, which of course makes you think of an elephant. Research shows that negative if-then goals can actually hamper your progress.
Key takeaway: Set positive if-then strategy to plan how you will avoid temptations and reach your goals.
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