Hope

Studies show hope is a major predictor of success. The Law of Attraction process of imagining the goal as though it already happened has a dual purpose. One role is that visualizing the desired outcome creates a strong attraction for that reality to be drawn into existence. The other purpose is evidence-based. Imagining a positive outcome builds confidence and inspires hope. It is a known phenomenon that hope often foreshadows success. Visualization can improve one’s overall outlook. Properly adjusting your posture and how you breathe, while you visualize, lets your brain know that you’re confident and in control. And, according to the law of attraction, seeing that you already have the desire ‘attracts’ that desire. The more you feel that what the desire is inevitable, the stronger your attraction becomes. ‘Faith can move mountains.’ Visualization improves performance. Australian psychologist Alan Richardson showed that basketball players who imagined free throws improved almost as much as those who practiced free throws. A countless number of elite athletes use visualization. UFC star Conor McGregor told a reporter who he foresaw beating Jose Aldo. He predicted that fight would be over in 3o seconds. To put this in context, Aldo was considered the pound per pound best fighter in the UFC for years. At the post-fight press conference, the reporter read back to McGregor what he told him.  Conor won the fight in a shocking 13 seconds. What Conor predicted happened. Conor uses visualization and, by the way, Connor is a believer is candid about his belief in the law of attraction. Visualization represents evidenced based and faith-based methodology. 

Standford University conducted a major study determining that the ability to delay gratification is the greatest predictor of success. Delayed gratification is a learned trait in which we choose the task that contributes to a greater future success over the easy distraction that offers immediate good feelings. As a student, if you delay the gratification of watching television and get your homework done now, then you’ll learn more and get better grades. If you delay the impulse to buy new clothes when you are out shopping, you’ll have more money to pay your bills. If you delay the satisfaction of going out for drinks, you can get up earlier and get that gym workout in before going to work. Studies make one thing clear: if you want to succeed at something, at some point, you will need to find the ability to be disciplined and take action instead of becoming distracted and doing what’s easy. The good thing is that it is a skill that can be learned.

A system based approach defuses the need for pleasant distractions that often sabotage success; requires less discipline. With a system approach, you feel some level of ongoing satisfaction by completing daily and weekly goals. That will take the edge off of delayed gratification. I often find that people will give up hope when things don’t happen quickly enough for them to keep their confidence. Shifting some of their focus to daily goals offers some relief and satisfaction.

“If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, Ph. d. Psy

“Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.”   ― M. Scott Peck

As your new daily actions become habits, you become the person that inevitably succeeds. You have become the person who naturally has that which you desire in your life.

Click to see simple, a personal system based example.

The only thing you ever have is the now, so you might as well use it to your advantage. If you’re waiting to achieve something someday in the future, your approach is ggoal-centered If you focus more on doing something every day that contributes to the goal, it’s a system. Do the mental programming and metaphysics, but then you let it go and do things that create progress. It becomes second nature. It’s not that you temporarily have to ensure certain activities and deny others until, maybe, you attain your desire and finally feel satisfaction. Through developing the right habits the right way you become the person who naturally experiences the thing you desire; progress is inevitable. You become a “natural” at it.

“The good life is using your signature strengths every day to produce authentic happiness and abundant gratification.” ~ Dr. Martin Seligman

“Hope has proven to be a powerful predictor of success in every study we have done so far.” ~ Dr. Charles R. Snyder

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“If I liked food and disliked exercise as much as a 400-pound guy, I’d be a 400-pound guy.” ― Scott Adams

Ellen Degeneres and Jim Carrey on Law of attraction…

“I didn’t worry even when I didn’t have any [money]. I was living on a can of soup every single day. And I would eat it out of the can because I didn’t have a kitchen. I would live paycheck to paycheck, but I never worried. I was living. I think that’s part of my mentality about money. My parents always worried about it, and we never had any. You put that energy out there, and it’s like, ‘Well then, we’re going to give you what you’re asking for.” ~ Ellen Degeneres

“I wrote myself a cheque for ten million dollars for acting services rendered, and I gave myself five years, or three years maybe, and I dated it Thanksgiving 1995, and I put it in my wallet, and I kept it there, and it deteriorated and deteriorated, but then just before Thanksgiving 1995 I found out that I was going to make ten million dollars on Dumb and Dumber.” ~ Jim Carrey

What do you think?

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