How You Can See Your Future and Deal With Your Challenges
We all need to Plan B sometimes, but usually because we’re not fully aware of how difficult our plans are. You might be planning a trip with a group of friends, only to realize at the last minute that you’re expecting your boss to save the day and magically book the flight. On the other hand, you’ve planned to spend the weekend at the beach, only to realize at the last minute that you might have more important things to do. There are plans that need to be adjusted due to circumstances, and the mindset is that you’ll be okay with those changes.
But how do you do that? And how do you make sure you’re never really in too deep?
Well, according to the authors of “The Brain Deals With Defeat”, if you see your reality coming you’re on the right track, but more importantly, if you don’t see your reality coming, there’s no hope that you’ll be able to deal with it. You’ll end up totally focused on the problem and even obsessed with it, whereas if you look at your own picture frame and see it’s perfectly OK, you can handle it. Here’s how.
Focus On Visualizing The Future
Something many people never do is visualize how great their life will be after they get through the problem that has been brought to their attention. But in order to solve the problem, you need to establish a goal and visualize how amazing you’ll feel if it’s reached.
This means that you need to consider the reasons you want to do what you’re doing. Is it for financial gain? Did you always want to be on the New York Times bestseller list? Once you’ve identified your goals, you need to visualize them as if they were real.
Of course, you can’t just fantasize about them but have a creative and realistic idea of what they would feel like. Once you’ve established a goal, visualize how those goals will affect the way you feel. Again, what do you want to feel in this example, and the worst case outcome and the way you will feel if it doesn’t happen? Once you’ve visualized what you want to feel, you can look at what happens to how you feel now to see if you have achieved your goal. If you did, then you can move on to get the other goals achieved. If not, then plan B.
You can also look at other side realities of your goals and you’ll notice the opposite will also happen. If you look at your goals as if they were reality, you’ll be able to see the upside. As for the “worst case scenario” that’s there for good reason, you’ll learn how you can get over it and get back on track.
The Bottom Line
This is the latest research by five leading neurologists who are said to be the experts in vision and perception. Together, they’ve claimed that by seeing our life as if it’s actual and it should be, we are able to see our problems as problems, not problems that can be solved by getting our next CQ2—like if you’re ever going to fit a bunch of mates into a Toyota pickup truck and if that goal happens—then you’ll be ok.
And by understanding how our brains are wired to avoid defeat and how to deal with it, we all have the capability to stop ourselves from being burdened by our challenges and plan B.