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What Do You Wish Would Happen Next? Try Picturing It

Last updated: Sep 14, 2011

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Wishful thinking isn't necessarily a waste of time. It's part of a visualization technique that can help you get through a stressful situation. Say you need to have a difficult conversation with an in-home health aide who hasn't been performing tasks properly. Close your eyes. Imagine the outcome you'd like to have: a calm conversation in which you're able to express what you've observed and suggest improvements, followed by the aide smiling and nodding and you both shaking hands.

You can't guarantee how the event will really go, but the mental dress rehearsal will leave you feeling calmer and better prepared -- and therefore better equipped to have it go well.

-- Paula Spencer Scott