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.)
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.