🗣️ Today’s tip: To psych yourself up to tackle something, ask, “Will I do this?”

Self-talk was once seen as something reserved for motivational gurus — Forge editor Michelle Woo recalls the SNL character Stuart Smalley staring into a mirror and proclaiming: “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” But it turns out there are practical, measurable benefits to adopting a positive inner narrative: It can reduce stress, help you make decisions, and keep you motivated.

How exactly you talk to yourself makes a difference. According to the latest research on self-talk, asking “Will I do this?” produces better results than making the statement “I will do this.” Try it with your goals. Ask yourself: “Will I walk 10,000 steps today?” or “Will I pitch my story to five publications?” or “Will I nail my next presentation?” You’re giving yourself a better chance that you will.

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By: Cari Nazeer
Title: Make this small tweak for a pep talk that works
Sourced From: forge.medium.com/make-this-small-tweak-for-a-pep-talk-that-works-d6311e89b9d4?source=rss—-3f6ecf56618—4
Published Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:03:02 GMT

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