There's a BIG difference between listening to yourself and talking to yourself.
What do I mean by that?
Well, have you ever noticed what you hear when you listen to yourself?
I'm a 2x Olympian and Mental Toughness Coach and when I ask my clients this question, here's what they say:
"I hope I don't mess up."
"I'm worried/nervous about..."
You get the idea. The voice of self-doubt always wants to speak, and will gladly take the microphone.
Try talking to yourself instead. Tell yourself things like:
"I've been practicing hard and I feel prepared."
"I'm ready to face this challenge head on."
"It's ok to feel nervous. Everyone feels like that."
"I'm going all in. After that, the chips will fall where they may."
You get the idea. Give the microphone to the voice of courage. It will speak if you teach it to have a voice. It will speak if you give it a chance.
Check out this 2 minute video for more details. Heads up: it contains a small F Word.
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CHANGE DOESN'T TAKE TIME. IT TAKES COURAGEOUS ACTION.