If you want to succeed as a gig worker, whether you are an IT specialist or a graphic designer, it is helpful to think of yourself as an entrepreneur. You need to stay motivated, set goals – financial or otherwise. How much do you need to pay your bills? What type of work would you like to specialize in? What type of clients would you most like to work with?
If you could be doing anything you want, what would you be doing? What is stopping you?
Those big dreams and how we attain them was the subject of a recent episode of Hidden Brain, a fascinating podcast from NPR hosted by Shankar Vedantam that uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
As part of You 2.0, Hidden Brain’s annual summer series about how to approach life’s chaos with wisdom, Vedantam spoke with Gabriele Oettingen, who has done extensive research on things like motivation and the best way to attain our goals. The episode looks at the effectiveness of the popular theory of envisioning your success and shares a system Oettingen and her colleagues developed that might be more effective.
According to various studies that Oettingen has conducted over the years, people who have really strong, positive fantasies about what their future will look like are actually less likely to succeed. It doesn’t matter if the goal is weight loss, career advancement or even recovering from an injury.
Instead of positive affirmations, Oettingen suggests using the WOOP system, which stands for:
Wish: What is it that you want?
Outcome: Imagine what it will be like if you succeed.
Obstacle: What are the obstacles within you that stand in the way?
Plan: How will you overcome those obstacles?
If you would like to know more about Oettingen’s research, you can check out these publications:
- “Future thought and behaviour change,” by Gabriele Oettingen, European Review of Social Psychology, 2012.
- “The motivating function of thinking about the future: Expectations versus fantasies,” by Gabriele Oettingen and Doris Mayer, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2002.
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