Positive thinking is all well and good, but there’s one thing that positive thinking doesn’t do:

The actual doing of what you are thinking about.

Take for example the amount of times you may have thought to yourself, like I have, how cool it would be to win the lotto and everything that you could do and the people you could help.

Plenty of positive thinking there, but not much reality. 

There’s an article that I found in the BBC that relates to this exact thing:

“It’s natural to daydream about the things we want – but contrary to the positive-thinking literature, simply visualising a brighter future won’t make it any more likely to happen”.

Now for some. this may be a controversial thing, especially if you’re the type of person who’s into manifestation and all of that type of stuff.

As they’d say on Seinfeld “not that there’s anything wrong with that”.

But there’s a big problem with the whole manifestation thing.

It might well be a good thing, but the one thing manifestation doesn’t do for you is the work.

You have to do that and put in the effort to get your reward.

Which brings up the problem of okay, how can you actually set a plan in place so you can actually meet that end dream.

The article mentions mental contrasting.

And it’s basically the same as the tried and true thing we’ve spoken about for years. 

Actually working backwards from your end desired goal by breaking down the steps you have to do at certain stages to get to where you want to be.

The recommendation here is to work out the obstacles that are in the way of where you want to be. What’s stopping you from achieving that goal?

And finally, working out a plan for how you can overcome those obstacles.

Once again, nothing too groundbreaking, but it’s nice to see some more attention put towards actually doing the work and not just wishing for an outcome and putting all your eggs in the rainbows and unicorns basket.

Hopefully this little reminder today is a timely one for you if there’s something you’re working towards for the next few months now the weather is warming up.

This ties in well with what i mentioned on Tuesday about making a challenge to yourself for the next 3 weeks.

What obstacles are in front of you with this challenge?

Work your way back and put the steps into place.

The first simple step might be not hitting snooze when the alarm goes off.

Or even before that, going to bed earlier the night before so the chance of you hitting snooze is much less.

Worth a shot?

Cheers,
Daniel

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