When You’re Preparing for a Task, Say “You Can Do It,” not “I Can Do It”

Who knew? You can do it!

They have a point … and I personally believe that it also takes us to a space where we feel someone else is cheering us on.

I recall when I was working on getting over my fear of public speaking, the best inspiration for me was picturing my nephew Robbie. He was  aged about 7 at the time and he was saying “You can do it Auntie Val.” Still brings tears to my eyes, opens my heart and melts away the fear. He believed in me and so I believed in myself.

3 responses to “When You’re Preparing for a Task, Say “You Can Do It,” not “I Can Do It”

  1. Very good advice! I’ve reworked my internal pep talks by making the situation the subject, such as “It’s all going fine.” That has much the same effect, giving things some distance so that they don’t become intensely personal. Also, it’s much easier to go with the flow when the internal narrative is structured in a way that describes the flow, rather than being all about oneself. 🙂

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