Plan for the opposite of you want to achieve and then reverse it
We already know about the brain’s negative bias and how it pops up pretty much everywhere.
Last post was about how to compensate for it to avoid focussing exclusively on what is missing.
These were: start with positives first, and use curiosity instead of judgment.
I hope you have been practising them.
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Overriding the brain’s in-built negative bias
The brain’s negative bias pops up pretty much everywhere.
One of the places where this bias is unhelpful is when you self-evaluate something you are doing (e.g., a new goal, a new habit you are introducing).
I am a huge fan of self-assessments. I do it all the time. I evaluate everything. It tells me if I am moving in the right direction and if not, how to self-correct.
There are two important things to remember when you self-evaluate that will limit the effect of the brain’s negative bias.
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From saying no to sugar to not wanting it, and what has 100 to do with it
When will I stop wanting sugar? Or is it savoury for you?
If you like or have liked sugar, wanting to eat it is unlikely to magically vanish.
Sugar creates a biological reaction in your brain. Your brain will want more and is incredibly creative getting you to give it to it.
“You deserve it”
“You’ve been so good”
“One piece will not matter”
“Nobody will know” (like the only person that matters in all of this, you, will not notice 😊).
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