I Can Do This!

I recently read an article on self-talk that really intrigued me to give it a try. We’ve all given ourselves a pep talk, right? Thought positively to hopefully achieve a goal. Well, if we add mental mantras that are based in reality, say some experts, then we can improve our “You can do this!” attitude. It’s a four-step process that goes like this:

  • Make a Wish. Think of the desire you want to fulfill and strengthen your commitment to it by mentally repeating it to yourself. My wish at the moment: I want to finish my edits by Sunday.
  • Picture the Outcome. Think about how you’ll benefit from achieving your wish/goal. Contemplate short and long-term benefits. For example, here’s what I’m picturing: After finishing my edits I’ll feel accomplished and happy—and I’ll be able to move on to my next project.
  • Anticipate obstacles. Articulate your biggest roadblocks. Admitting what stands in your way up front means you’ll feel less discouraged if and when you hit the hurdle. Here’s mine: I’m probably going to be extra busy this week with work, doctors appointments and extra time spent with my mom and be tempted to relax with a book or plop in front of the TV instead of editing.
  • Plan your attack. Map out your plan with, “If (obstacle), then I will (plan)” sentences. Supposedly if you visualize yourself carrying out this plan then when roadblocks arise, you’ll automatically react with your decided solution. Here’s mine: If I’m too busy to edit, then the next morning I will set my alarm earlier so I can start the day getting at least some editing done. (I think this will make me feel better about myself for the whole rest of the day.)

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What do you think? Have you tried something like this?

I also read a great mantra this week that I really liked and wanted to share: If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.

Happy March!

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11 Responses to I Can Do This!

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Robin,

    What a great post! It’s true routine gets me through the things I don’t want to do but need to. This sounds like a great way to get the benefits of a routine for individual goals. I’m going to give it a try!

    • Hi Mary! Ah, the R word. I really need to get myself back into a routine, but lately things have gotten in the way of me doing that. It’s definitely time to quit slacking! I hope this idea works for you.

      Thanks for the good wishes!
      Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Self-Talk

  2. Mary Hughes says:

    And best wishes for your edits by Sunday!

  3. Cool post/idea. Sometimes, we do breathing or visualization exercises in my yoga classes. It’s amazing how a few quiet minutes can help you focus, concentrate, and reconnect with yourself.
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  4. elena k says:

    great idea! I am a planner too so when I want something I think it in details too!

  5. Edie Ramer says:

    Robin, what a great post. And so timely. I’m going to try all of this!

  6. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Robin,

    I love that mantra! I’m forever telling me kids that trying and failing is way better than failing to try!

  7. This sounds really interesting, Robin. I think I’m going to give it a try. And talking about yoga, I just saw an advert for a yoga class in the centre where my library is, and took down the number to give them a call.

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