In our age of positive thinking, trying to think of problems may seem like “Debbie Downer” Or, for those who feel strongly that focusing on the outcome can bring that reality, thinking about the pitfalls and roadblocks seems like seeing those problems exist.
For all of us, it can be said that thinking about future problems is real. Focusing on problems and traps can be daunting when the process is over, but when anticipation of challenges helps you plan to manage your project with common and predictable challenges, that’s just work. This is the same reason that beta testing companies and theater companies are conducting costume drills – they want to know and adapt to the possible difficulties in order to adapt and change.
In our daily lives, it is not always possible to do “soft openings” or to exercise with a dress, but we can use our knowledge of our various personal and professional situations to do a little more thoughtfulness and planning. Then planning is easy with deception. Indeed the word means everything. To set up your own, simply write down a few real-life obstacles that you might encounter in achieving your goal, and then write down specific actions that you will take in response to each obstacle.
When we do not expect problems, we make a serious mistake. Whether you are preparing for a big meeting where you will be setting up, or thinking about how you will meet with a family member and a well-known hard-working relative, research suggests that using it when planning potential problems will make it easier for you to get the results you want. As research in the journal Motivation and Emotion shows, this type of planning helps people to “close the gap between wanting to reach a goal and actually achieving it.”
Instead of getting a little negative experience that fits your purpose, then planning allows you to remain an active agent in your story, which you can reassemble and move your plan forward.
The best planning is then to go ahead and plan ahead. And, as in the two approaches described below, it involves both self-awareness, which is a form of clear truth, and the ability to think in terms of opportunities that we have little control over. A team of researchers on the subject puts it this way: “Effective self-control is the motivation and strength to protect one’s behaviors related to intentions from distraction.” In other words, it is normal to be disturbed; people who look like superpowers can actually be organized by anticipating and preventing threats from that force.
Knowing and accepting our limitations, when done properly and accurately, can be an important tool for success, rather than a strenuous exercise. To illustrate a simple, universal example, consider the midday break. Guessing, we sit at our desks, our minds wander, followed by our feet, and we find ourselves in front of a vending machine or office candy container. Expecting sugar cane in the afternoon is not a complaint about weakness; instead, think of it as an expression of common sense in past data. Given the preceding data, you would logically assume that the M & Ms peanut supplement is most likely a “if” that would threaten to disrupt your healthy eating plan. And if you are notified of this opportunity, you can make your plan “immediately”.
It might look like this: “If I find myself standing in front of a vending machine, then I’ll put a dollar bill in an ‘easy savings’ envelope in my wallet instead and go to my friend’s desk to chat.” With such a plan, he uses the “if” of one behavior as the advice of the other. You could also write down some of the challenges your healthy eating plan might face, such as: “If Sarah brings her latest baking creations, I’d say, that looks great, but I’m trying not to eat at work.” Having “then” phrases that you can use automatically in a variety of situations saves the mental capacity for excuses and provides a better chance of success.
Sometimes, planning “if so” requires responding by doing something challenging when you don’t want to, rather than controlling external difficulties. For example, you could try writing your book on the side, which means writing before or after work each day. One thing that distinguishes the most productive writers is their ability to produce even when they are not in a position. Given that most writers face the morning or evening when they are less motivated, you can rightly expect it to be legal and come up with plans for “if so” to write anyway.
It might look like this: “If I don’t feel like writing, then I’ll set a timer for just 15 minutes,” or, “If I find myself checking social media instead of writing, I’ll make a cup of tea and write in a paper journal. ”The key, as mentioned above, is to anticipate problems with sincerity and compassion and to come up with some solutions that you can easily use, almost without thinking.
Sometimes something that interferes with our well-planned plans is not in our hands. For example, maybe you have a plan to make your money better this year. One of the steps you can take to achieve this goal is to ask your supervisor for a raise. So far, so good. Now, what’s not in your hands is the answer you get.
In case you are dealing with someone else (oh, other people, that input is not working!), Then planning can help you to be faster and better prepared to negotiate your desired outcome. You can ask a trusted friend or family member to play a role in helping you anticipate someone else’s response (“if”) and try different “instant” solutions for each situation. Studies have shown that this type of planning is very important when there is a power difference. People in low power positions are often too quick to abandon a goal or accept a lesser outcome. If planning can help an employee to stick to his or her guns when talking to a supervisor.
Whether the problem is approaching work or starting a new personal project, then planning uses a clear, problem-solving eye and produces solutions. And there is nothing inferior to that.
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