Winning! How Remembering Triumphs May Increase Success (Forbes)

 

Ever wonder why wins and losses tend to happen in streaks? Research suggests reflecting on several past successes before a task increases the likelihood of future success, while reflecting on a single success is actually discouraging.

Author and motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson writes that the unconscious mind processes past victories as a pattern of behavior and concludes that you are the common factor, bolstering confidence and enthusiasm.

Reflecting on a single success, she says, is interpreted as luck and generates self-doubt. Similarly, remembering an unsuccessful incident or several unsuccessful incidents causes the mind to assume that you are the cause of disappointment, causing you to repeat your mistakes.

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