Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life by Jennice Vilhauer *Book review*

Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life


by Jennice Vilhauer

Blurb: Anticipating a positive future is the key to well-being and mental health. Yet when many people think of the future they experience anxiety, depression, fear, self-doubt, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Most people, unaware of how to change the future, are trapped in a cycle of recreating their past over and over again. However, your past does not have to define who you are or where you are going. You can break free, but only if you know how and have the necessary skills to do something different. Future Directed Therapy (FDT) is a new psychological intervention developed to teach people to create their future with awareness and choice. Unlike other books about creating a better future, the skills in Think Forward to Thrive, are based on cutting edge cognitive science. Think Forward to Thrive will teach you step-by-step the psychological skills that can transform your life. Think Forward to Thrive is filled with information and exercises that will help you: Overcome negative emotions Identify what you want in life Transform limiting beliefs Take action Live ready for success Stop talking about your past and start creating your future!

My Thoughts:

I purchased Think forward to Thrive after reading an article online about how people can learn with Future Directed Therapy to let go of unwanted thoughts and redirect their way of thinking to help them meet their goals and anticipate a positive future. I’d never heard about Future Directed Therapy and was intrigued.

Forward_thinkingI was pleasantly surprised with the book. It includes stories concerning multiple people and their experiences, discloses what they can do to help themselves, and offers worksheets where you can assess yourself. In these, they help train you to change your thought patterns. Whether you’re in a bad relationship, sick with a disease, just plain stuck because of your past, or simply want to work on changing your thoughts, this book might help you. We are in charge of our thoughts, we don’t have to limit ourselves, and we have the control to change.

I like that each chapter has a famous quote in addition to the quotes throughout the book. One of my favorites is a powerful one…

“Past experiences do not define who you are unless you allow them too. You are free to change at any time.”

On the other hand, there are a few sections I felt unsure about. In one section, the book discusses people and how you can work toward getting them to admire you. Let’s face it, it’s possible that some people just aren’t going to like you and there are some things that we just aren’t in control of. Bad people exist and bad things do happen, however, I think the book can help us to keep our minds on track and thinking positively in these cases.

I like the layout and structure. The worksheets help personalize the experience because, we’re all different and we all think differently. We all have different pasts and have had different experiences in life. The worksheets allow you to personally narrow in on what you want to change. I feel that’s it’s written well and easy to understand. In my opinion, this isn’t a book you can read once and be on your way. It’s full of information. I think its a work in progress over time. Overall, it’s an uplifting book that can help you redirect your future.


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Avante Books; Print edition (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988835290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988835290

Thanks for reading my review of Think Forward to Thrive.

Are you a person who thinks about the future?

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Please feel free to share thoughts or suggestions below.

❤ Mischenko

15 thoughts on “Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life by Jennice Vilhauer *Book review*

    1. Claire, how cool! I didn’t know that. I haven’t met a person yet that uses FDT. There’s a lot to it for sure and it’s going to take some time for me. I did enjoy the book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.


  1. starjustin

    I am definitely adding this one to read. Thanks for enlightening me with your post about it Jen. Faith, hope, positivety all are great thoughts but not always easy to incorporate into every day life. .

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  2. This sounds interesting, Jen. I’ve never heard of future directed therapy and I’m definitely interested in learning more. I’ll google in a bit. Do you think it’s something helpful for someone suffering from anxiety/depression?


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    1. Jo-Ann, I do think it will help. I too suffer from both conditions myself, but it comes and goes, but my brain tends to ‘overthink’ and that was my main problem which I believe stems from anxiety in general. I do think it’s helped me, but it’s going to take me more time. It’s a workbook and it takes a long time to break old habits once your brain is used to thinking one way. I definitely feel more in control though. I went through cognitive behavioral therapy at one point and it helped too, but the true stem of the problem with my body hasn’t been found, other than thyroid issues.

      Overall, the book is chock-full of so much information. It’s worth a try! If you get it, let me know what you think. 💖


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