How Positive Delusions Can Help You to Reach Your Goals
What is a ‘positive delusion?’ I guess you could look at it as a very positive attitude.
Now that ive said that, you might be sat there thinking that is just incorrect perception on reality and that you are lying to yourself. You might be right, but apparently there is science that is clear on this matter.
Studies have shown that people who overestimate their skills, abilities and talents for a new venture, ultimately perform at a much higher level than those that are more realistic or pessimistic about succeeding.
Those that overestimate their abilities, learn skills better and are more successful. This isn’t too surprising.
For example, if there is something that you don’t think you’re good at and you don't think you can learn to do it, then generally you’re going to be less motivated and interested in learning that activity.
On the other side of the coin, if you expect the best, you’re going to be jumping in and get busying mastering that new skill. When you have high expectations - even amazingly high expectations - you’re significantly enhancing your chance of success.
Try out these 7 tips to use ‘positive delusions’ to your benefit:
1. Positive delusions give you hope. When you tell yourself, “Things will get better if I just hang in here,” you give yourself the hope you need to keep trying and persevering.
It’s always possible that things won’t improve, but if you truly, deeply believe that they will, you are giving yourself a much better chance of success.
Think about what you would do if you were very negative all the time. You’d be without hope, motivation or perseverance.
Do you think that would make you more likely to succeed or less likely?
2. High expectations can enable you to take action. When you have high expectations, you put yourself in the position to take action.
Whether you’re interested in learning to play the guitar or investing in a coach, you can move forward if you believe that something positive will happen.
If you had low expectations, would you be willing to take action?
3. Keep in mind that most of the beliefs you do have, are partially delusional. What I mean by that is, your knowledge and interpretations of your past experiences are far from perfect. There’s little that you believe to be true, that is actually true. We are all operating under various delusions.
4. Limit your negative self-talk. Negativity kills. It kills your spirit, your motivation and your future. Put a stop on negative self-talk before it has a chance to gain momentum and take over.
Once it begins, challenge it, ask yourself why that is true and turn your attention to something else.
5. Think about the kind of person you want to become, who are you really?
Consider the goals you have in your life and think about what type of person you need to be in order to achieve those goals. What qualities and characteristics do you need to possess? What qualities and characteristics do you already possess?
You need to see yourself as already having those qualities.
6. Visualize success. One of the easiest ways to create a positive delusion is to visualise yourself succeeding. Imagine overcoming every possible obstacle. Imagine yourself confidently achieving success. This is one of the best ways to use positive delusions to your advantage.
7. Believe that having positive delusions are good for you. Remind yourself that being practical and realistic can be very limiting to your life. Being optimistic and overestimating your abilities can be very effective in the long term.
There’s a time to be practical and realistic. But that time might not be as often as you think.
Overestimating your abilities and your successes can be a powerful way to improve your results. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt on a regular basis and see how it affects your life.
Choose what works rather than what makes sense. Perform an optimism experiment on yourself and check out the results.
Love, light & Magic
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