It got me to realize that it is exactly what I was trying to explain in "The Forbidden Book Of Getting What You Want".
Metacognition is thinking about thinking. It is knowledge or awareness of one's cognitive processes and the efficient use of this self-awareness to self-regulate these cognitive processes. It is traditionally defined as the knowledge and experiences we have about our own cognitive processes. Writings on metacognition can be traced back at least as far as De Anima and the Parva Naturalia of the Greek philosopher Aristotle.
METACOGNITION consists of three basic elements:
- Developing a plan of action
- Maintaining/monitoring the plan
- Evaluating the plan
Before - When you are developing the plan of action, ask yourself:
- What in my prior knowledge will help me with this particular task?
- In what direction do I want my thinking to take me?
- What should I do first?
- Why am I reading this selection?
- How much time do I have to complete the task?
During - When you are maintaining/monitoring the plan of action, ask yourself:
- How am I doing?
- Am I on the right track?
- How should I proceed?
- What information is important to remember?
- Should I move in a different direction?
- Should I adjust the pace depending on the difficulty?
- What do I need to do if I do not understand?
After - When you are evaluating the plan of action ask yourself:
- How well did I do?
- Did my particular course of thinking produce more or less than I had expected?
- What could I have done differently?
- How might I apply this line of thinking to other problems?
- Do I need to go back through the task to fill in any "blanks" in my understanding?
My answer is that we are lazy and have no real deep desire to work for what we want. Our goals are vague and transient, our good habits are haphazard and we confuse momentary gratification than happiness.
I'll just say it. Read My book!