Don't talk yourself out of something before you even start!
When facing an intimidating task, a simple switch of words - thinking of a job as difficult instead of impossible - can make all the difference. The brain does what we tell it to. If you send it the message that whatever you're attempting can't be done, it will give up without trying. But if you just admit that it's going to be tough, your brain will begin to engage in the task and come up with a plan. While changing your mindset doesn't guarantee success, it does ensure you'll get one step closer.
Whenever a craving for a bag of chips or a chocolate cupcake hits, it's usually all you can think about. But according to Australian researchers, if you focus on the image or scent of something besides food, your desire for that treat lessens. So try to remember how a rainbow looks or the way roses smell, and you just might forget all about that greasy burger.
New research shows that people who focus on changing their surroundings - ditching the candy bowl and moving junk food out of sight - are more likely to stick to their diets than those who try to cut out dessert or drink less soda. Environmental changes are simpler to make because they don't require a lot of willpower. For instance, instead of swearing off soda, keep just one can in the fridge at a time and store the rest in your basement. Having to make a trek every time you want another one will force you to stop and think. Chances are, you'll decide the extra calories aren't worth it.
No one ever wins by believing that they can't. That's why athletes pump themselves up with positive self-talk. Repeating "I can do this" to yourself is a way to replace the negative thoughts that pop up when you're under pressure. It helps you focus on what you CAN do rather than on what you fear you can't.
With practice, you can turn your inner Eeyore into your biggest supporter. Every time your internal voice goes rogue, counter it with a cue statement-a brief phrase that shuts down the critic, such as "I'm strong and in control" or "It's not a problem." Single words like "Go" or "Relax" are also good. Experiment to find out what sticks, or arm yourself with several. Saying your cue aloud can help, as can writing it in visible spots. In time your affirmative thoughts will become automatic, heading off self-doubt before it appears.