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Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation

Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation

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Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation
“The solution isn’t to do away with dreaming and positive thinking. Rather, it’s making the most of our fantasies by brushing them up against the very thing most of us are taught to ignore or diminish: the obstacles that stand in our way.” So often in our day-to-day lives we’re inundated with advice to “think […]
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“The solution isn’t to do away with dreaming and positive thinking. Rather, it’s making the most of our fantasies by brushing them up against the very thing most of us are taught to ignore or diminish: the obstacles that stand in our way.”

So often in our day-to-day lives we’re inundated with advice to “think positively.” From pop music to political speeches to commercials, the general message is the same: look on the bright side, be optimistic in the face of adversity, and focus on your dreams. And whether we’re trying to motivate ourselves to lose weight, snag a promotion at work, or run a marathon, we’re told time and time again that focusing on fulfilling our wishes will make them come true.

Gabriele Oettingen draws on more than twenty years of research in the science of human motivation to reveal why the conventional wisdom falls short. The obstacles that we think prevent us from realizing our deepest wishes can actually lead to their fulfillment. Starry-eyed dreaming isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and as it turns out, dreamers are not often doers.

While optimism can help us alleviate immediate suffering and persevere in challenging times, merely dreaming about the future actually makes people more frustrated and unhappy over the long term and less likely to achieve their goals. In fact, the pleasure we gain from positive fantasies allows us to fulfill our wishes virtually, sapping our energy to perform the hard work of meeting challenges and achieving goals in real life.

Based on her groundbreaking research and large-scale scientific studies, Oettingen introduces a new way to visualize the future, calledmental contrasting. It combines focusing on our dreams with visualizing the obstacles that stand in our way. By experiencing our dreams in our minds and facing reality we can address our fears, make concrete plans, and gain energy to take action.

In Rethinking Positive Thinking, Oettingen applies mental contrasting to three key areas of personal change— becoming healthier, nurturing personal and professional relationships, and performing better at work. She introduces readers to the key phases of mental contrasting using a proven four-step process called WOOP—Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan—and offers advice and exercises on how to best apply this method to daily life. Through mental contrasting, people in Oettingen’s studies have become significantly more motivated to quit smoking, lose weight, get better grades, sustain fulfilling relationships, and negotiate more effectively in business situations.

Whether you are unhappy and struggling with serious problems or you just want to improve, discover, and explore new opportunities, this book will deepen your ideas about human motivation and help you boldly chart a new path ahead.

Affirmation | The 100 Most Powerful Affirmations for Teenagers — With 4 Positive and Affirmative Action Bonus Books on Adventure, Discipline, Self-Esteem & Happiness

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Affirmation | The 100 Most Powerful Affirmations for Teenagers — With 4 Positive and Affirmative Action Bonus Books on Adventure, Discipline, Self-Esteem & Happiness
Exclusive Offer — Now Includes 5 Amazing Bonus Titles: 4 More Titles of 100 Most Powerful Affirmations. Plus Full Length Title: Conscious Visualization You will not achieve fulfillment and happiness until YOU become the architect of your own reality. Imagine that with a few moments each day, you could begin the powerful transformation toward complete […]
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Positive Affirmations for Little Girls (Smart Kids Bright Future)

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Positive Affirmations for Little Girls (Smart Kids Bright Future)
— PROMOTE YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM and SELF CONFIDENCE. (ALSO AVAILABLE Positive Affirmations for Little Boys) — The children’s book “Positive Affirmations for Little Girls: The ABC Book of Rhymes” consists of 26 positive affirmations based on the 26 letters of the alphabet. Each affirmation is expressed in a rhyme and is accompanied by a lovely […]
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
The book that started the Quiet Revolution At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe […]
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The Power of Positive Thinking: How to Relieve Stress and Change Your Life

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The Power of Positive Thinking: How to Relieve Stress and Change Your Life
As a society, we are constantly on the go and many times, this causes added stress. We may hate our jobs, not get along with our friends or family, struggle to pay the bills or any other number of things. The list can go on and on. This stress can potentially do a lot of […]
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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to […]
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Happiness: A Spiritual Awakening From The Inside Out (Spiritual Books) (positive thinking positive mindset happiness mindset how to be happy happiness … project depression self-help Book 1)

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Happiness: A Spiritual Awakening From The Inside Out (Spiritual Books) (positive thinking positive mindset happiness mindset how to be happy happiness … project depression self-help Book 1)
Happiness is a gift that you can choose to accept or push away. It encompasses things that include peoples’ burning desires including: success, a fulfilling relationship, the ability to be fully present, freedom to live the life YOU want, and to serve a purpose…all of which lead to the precious feeling of happiness. If you […]
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Affirmations: The Power of Affirmations & The Secret to Their Success – Plus 1,000 Positive Affirmations to Transform Any Area of Your Life (Law of Attraction in Action Book 2)

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Affirmations: The Power of Affirmations & The Secret to Their Success – Plus 1,000 Positive Affirmations to Transform Any Area of Your Life (Law of Attraction in Action Book 2)
Did you know that affirmations are one of the most popular personal development techniques – but also one of the LEAST EFFECTIVE? That’s not because affirmations don’t work; it’s because most people are not shown the CORRECT way to use them. The Power of Affirmations reveals exactly why affirmations don’t work well, and how to […]
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The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World

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The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World
We are not positive because life is easy. We are positive because life can be hard. As a leader, you will face numerous obstacles, negativity, and tests. There will be times when it seems as if everything in the world is conspiring against you and your vision seems more like a fantasy than a reality. […]
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You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable

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You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, pocket-size inspiration and guidance to keep your transformation on track—the perfect gift for the holiday season For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing towards badassery, You Are a Badass Every Day is the companion to keep you fresh, grateful, mighty, and driven. In one hundred exercises, reflections, […]
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Positive Thinking Meditation: Use the Law of Attraction to Manifest Happiness: Power of Positivity for Self-Improvement, Increasing Self-Esteem, Gaining Positive Energy and Happiness in Life and Work: Chakra Guided Meditation, Book 3

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Positive Thinking Meditation: Use the Law of Attraction to Manifest Happiness: Power of Positivity for Self-Improvement, Increasing Self-Esteem, Gaining Positive Energy and Happiness in Life and Work: Chakra Guided Meditation, Book 3
Use the power of positive thinking to climb above problems to visualize solutions and then attain them. Do you imagine yourself happy, optimistic, and peaceful every day? In this audiobook, Positive Thinking Meditation, you will discover the strategies on how your mind can change into a positive, peaceful state. You will know the specific steps […]
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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
An all-encompassing guide to skeptical thinking from podcast host and academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine Steven Novella and his SGU co-hosts, which Richard Wiseman calls “the perfect primer for anyone who wants to separate fact from fiction.”It is intimidating to realize that we live in a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, […]
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”GOD is Within HER, SHE Will NOT Fall Psalm 46:5″ – Inspirational Cuff Bracelet – Bible Verse Positive Message Mantra Religious Jewelry for Women Teen Girls (Gold Tone)

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”GOD is Within HER, SHE Will NOT Fall Psalm 46:5″ – Inspirational Cuff Bracelet – Bible Verse Positive Message Mantra Religious Jewelry for Women Teen Girls (Gold Tone)
This dainty bracelet displays a message of faith and determination. Great gift for any occasion. Comes gift boxed. Product Features INSPIRATIONAL BRACELET – For teen girls and women – Bracelet is engraved with the encouraging message “God Is Within Her, She Will Not Fall” on the outside and “PSALM 46:5” on the inside ADJUSTABLE FIT […]
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HOW TO LET IT GO: An Inspirational Journey to Eliminate Negative Emotions and Limiting Beliefs

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HOW TO LET IT GO: An Inspirational Journey to Eliminate Negative Emotions and Limiting Beliefs
Have you ever wondered why you feel like life is weighing you down and holding you back? Do negative emotions somehow keep you “stuck” with no insight for how to get back on track? That was me, for many years, even decades. Then came my “Aha” Moment…and now you too, can learn the very same […]
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Positive Thinking: 30 Days Of Motivation And Affirmations: Change Your “Mindset” & Fill Your Live With Happiness, Success & Optimism! (Negativity, … Positive Affirmations, Self Talk, Be Happy)

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Positive Thinking: 30 Days Of Motivation And Affirmations: Change Your “Mindset” & Fill Your Live With Happiness, Success & Optimism! (Negativity, … Positive Affirmations, Self Talk, Be Happy)
Happiness and Success is right around the Corner! With your purchase of this book, you’ll also get a FREE special report and a FREE Mastermind Self Development Group membership. Are you ready for the journey of a lifetime? If so, read Robert Norman’s powerful affirmations in this book to achieve: Lasting Success Good Health Career […]
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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World

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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World
The inspiring #1 New York Times bestseller that “should be read by every leader in America.” (Wall Street Journal) “Powerful.” –USA Today “Full of captivating personal anecdotes from inside the national security vault.” –Washington Post “Superb, smart, and succinct.” –Forbes BASED ON THE INCREDIBLE GRADUATION SPEECH WITH OVER 14 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE If you […]
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