About 77 percent of the average person’s self-talk is negative, says David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. I heard Allen recently in an interview on National Public Radio.
“If you can visualize a horrible outcome, you can visualize a positive outcome, too,” Allen suggests.
The next time you have to give a speech in front of an audience or do something else that is difficult, try visualizing the positive.
It will help, Allen says, although he stresses that it is not the complete answer. “It would be easy if all we had to do was say positive things to ourselves,” he adds, explaining that some things, like speaking in front of an audience, have taken him years to master.
Visualize the positive. And, then, make sure that you’ve practiced and that you’re prepared.