Mental Contrasting to See If You Can Take Action


 

 

When trying to take action in habit changes, try mental contrasting. In a series of experiments led by Gabriele Oettingen, professor of Psychology at NYU, showed that mental contrasting results in better changes compared to just indulging or imagining the positive vision of the problem solved or dwell or thinking about the negative aspects of the current situation.

 

Mental contrasting is thinking about the #positive #vision of the problem solved then #thought about the negative aspects of reality. From there you decide if changing that problem is realistic by contrasting the positive outcome and negative reality. If it seems doable, more people take action.

 

Here’s another study on contrasting. Participants who visualized themselves reading and gaining the required skills and knowledge spent more time studying than those who only visualized their goal. One of the reasons just visualizing an outcome doesn’t work is because we need to remember there is a process to attaining goals. Remember sow, cultivate, then harvest. We will have a better expectation of how much effort is required when we consider this as supposed to feeling discouraged and surprised by the amount of work that is necessary.

 

Contrasting is the better way of visualizing. When you think about the positive outcome together with the negative aspects of reality, you become more realistic with your approach. You compare your dreams - where you want to be with reality -where you currently are. Mental contrasting gives you a great way to see if your goals are achievable or not.

 

This is exactly what we are looking for when wanting to add a new habit. We want to know what we can commit to as early as possible.

 

For more info on committing and taking action, book a consultation today. 

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