“In 1984, George Orwell introduced the concept of ‘doublethink,’ describing it as simultaneously holding two opposing beliefs in your mind and yet accepting both”

59 seconds by Richard Wiseman

Another way of putting it:

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald 

When making plans, setting goals, and working towards achievement there are specific steps that will get you further than commonly held beliefs.

Instead of fantasizing about only positive or negative outcomes associated with the goal, employ doublethink to give you the best possible chance of succeeding.

We must be honest with ourselves. Visualizing the positive experiences associated with losing weight and gaining muscle AS WELL AS the discipline, commitment, and daily sacrifices will lead you further than a fantasy type visualization. We must be able to do this so we are prepared for the journey that awaits us.

“The research shows that it is possible to use visualization to motivate. The solution is a question of balance, interleaving the benefits of achievement with a realistic assessment of the problems that could be encountered. In short, doublethink”

59 seconds Richard Wiseman, Page 97

Wiseman outlines a simple method to help you achieve your goals.

-What is your goal?

-What are potential benefits and setbacks?

-Write 1 word that would reflect an important way in which would life would be better?

-Write 1 word that would reflect a barrier?

-Repeat 1 more time for each

-Elaborate on the obstacles and benefits

-Elaborate on steps to overcome obstacles

This is a step by step process which, if you take the time, will help you utilize doublethink to help you on your journey towards achievement.


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