How to Get What You Really Want

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Changing your outlook and overcoming self-fulfilling prophecies.

Posted Dec 18, 2015   Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. 

The following is transcribed from my 2015 TEDx Peachtree talk in Atlanta. To see the talk, click here.

If you are like most people, you want to win the lottery, but you probably don’t buy tickets very often. You don’t need a psychologist to tell you the reason: You don’t expect to win. Given the odds of winning the lottery, that might seem like a reasonable conclusion. What is important to take away from this is that you take action based on what you expect, not what you want. What you want and what you expect are completely different.

An expectation is a belief about whether or not you are going to get what you want.

As a psychologist who studies how people create their futures, one of the things I’ve learned is that…

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