9 Lies You Should Tell Yourself
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By Shannan Rouss
In his upcoming book Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self Deception, Joseph Hallinan looks at the research on self deception and explores how it can make us more confident, successful and resilient, both in our professional and personal lives. Read on to find out which lies you might want to start telling yourself to help you get ahead.
I'm going to win this2 of 10
Research has shown that for athletes, a little self-deception can lower stress and increase their threshold for pain, which improves motivation and performance.
I'm a great public speaker3 of 10
Have a big presentation coming up? To improve your performance, it's better to focus on nailing it than to obsess over choking. Just don't let your confidence keep you from being fully prepared.
I'm an awesome dancer4 of 10
Thinking this never hurt anyone, plus it makes weddings and bar mitzvahs way more fun.
He'll never get over me5 of 10
OK, the truth is that he probably will. But we're sure it's going to take a very, very long time.
I'm so over him6 of 10
Say it and it will be true—eventually.
People think I'm funny7 of 10
Of course they do! Also remember that they're not laughing at you, they're laughing with you.
Nobody heard that8 of 10
Sure—and they can't smell it either.
It wasn't the right job for me9 of 10
Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. But the bottom line is that there will be other right jobs for you.
The world is a good and happy place10 of 10
While you shouldn't go through your days with blinders on, having a life-sucks-then-you-die attitude certainly doesn't help either.