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With each subsequent utterance, these automatic messages have built that dividing wall, one brick at a time. One "I can't do this!" = 1 brick in wall.
Right now, I want you to identify your present message. Delete it and get ready to program another! You need an affirmative message - one that will inspire not inhibit, encourage not discourage, and motivate you to overcome rather than to be overcome.
The choice for message is up to you. One of simplest ones, but most effective is, "I CAN DO THIS." A few other suggestions are, "I'm better than this", "I'm bigger than this", and "I'm up for it." I knew a really colorful guy once who always said, "Not a problem." Whenever crazy things went on around him, he'd respond with his catch phrase. He was a lot of fun to be around, and come to think of it - he didn't seem to have many problems!
So what's holding you back? You are! More specifically, your thoughts are. They're responsible for building wall between you and your dreams. As soon as you ditch them and replace them with affirmations, wall will come crashing down and nothing will be in your way!
This article can be found at The Mental Fitness Center, along with other motivational articles and information on self improvement, stress, shyness, relaxation, depression, and more. Also, visit Out of Bounds, the corresponding blog.