3 Easy Ways to Encourage Yourself

There’s an old popular story that many of us know and loved as children, The Little Engine that Could.  This children’s story is most famous for the simple mantra “I think I can… I think I can.” This saying likely taught you how to encourage yourself. Encouragement is the action of making yourself or someone else “more determined, confident, or hopeful.”  (Merriam-Webster) A bit of encouragement from others can push you to accomplish things you didn’t think you could. Great coaches often use encouragement to push their teams beyond what they think they’re…

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When it Feels Impossible to Go On

“I don’t think I can do anymore, I can’t go any further.” Those were the words of my high school basketball teammate Roger after we had just finished running lines. If you’ve never played basketball, running lines is a conditioning drill where all the players on the team line up at one end of the basketball court and waits for the coach to blow his whistle.  Once the whistle is blown, the players are to run as hard and fast as possible to the end of…

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Putting Optimism to the Test

In the our last post, we discussed how optimism is one of the best tools you can use to combat anxiety. Just the simple act of thinking positively can create an amazing snowball effect.  Even the tiniest positive thought increases confidence.  As confidence increases, anxiety decreases. But, I know that just telling you that optimism works, may not be enough to encourage you to try it. So, I wanted to share a quick story with you. Meet Rita Today, Rita Zoey Chin is known as the author of Let…

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