V1: Achievement & Success #4 – Self-Talk

 

A lot has been said over the years about the benefits of positive selftalk.

It’s not a new concept, of course. Anyone who ever read the Watty Piper classic, “The Little Engine That Could,” as a child has heard the benefits of believing in yourself. How can anyone forget the engine’s wonderful mantra changing from “I think I can, I think I can” to”I know I can, I know I can?”

I’m often surprised, however, at how frequently I hear people convincing themselves that they can’t do something. When faced with a new challenge, they lament that they don’t know how to do it. They stress and worry and fret that they’re going to mess up on a project. They don’t speak up in meetings because they’re afraid their ideas might get shot down.

Don’t get caught in the negative self-talk trap. Nobody ever became successful by accident. The one thing that all successful people have in common, is that they try. They don’t always succeed, but they always try. They don’t look for ways to talk themselves out of things, but instead look for ways to make things work.

Believe in yourself. You’d be surprised at how often the biggest roadblock to your successes in life is actually you.

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