"Positive thinking is often touted as a key to wish fulfillment: Simply envision yourself achieving your dream—and abracadabra—it will manifest!
The only problem? It doesn’t really work.
Research by Gabriele Oettingen, a psychology professor at New York
University and author of Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New
Science of Motivation, found that people who fantasized about
success—from losing weight to getting a good grade on a test—actually
fared worse in the results department than those who didn’t."
"Yes, imagining a good outcome can lower your blood pressure and put you
in a good mood, but as a result of feeling so satisfied, you’re less
likely to take the action necessary to achieve your goal." "In other words, in order to succeed, optimistic thinking should be
paired with practical methods to overcome the challenges you’ll
Based on these findings, Oettingen developed a four-step method she
calls WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) to help you bring your dreams
to happy fruition." Molly Triffin explains more at: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2015/12/22/5-simple-steps-to-heart-happy-retirement-planning/