Entrepreneur and author Tony Robbins on success and avoiding three mental traps:
What we really have to do is get ourselves to follow through, and the reason why most people don’t follow through is because their psychology is messed up. How do you change your psychology? I don’t mean be positive, I mean be smart.
- Confirmation Bias, or a pattern in which individuals seek only information that will reaffirm what they already believe to be true, can be countered by asking challenging questions of yourself .
- Recency Bias is the belief that current trends, good or bad, will continue. Create a checklist of all the steps you’re taking towards your goal and refer to it frequently. Stay on track.
- Loss Aversion is the tendency to recall negative experiences more readily than positive ones and to let those darker memories shape your expectations for the future. These bumps in the road are inevitable and don’t need to be feared.
Robbins – one 14 year marriage, then a girlfriend and a son, then another wife; lawsuits for copyright infringement and plagiarism, paid fines to Federal Trade Commission for misrepresentation, so make of it what you will.