How to fool your brain into succeeding

09/12/2012 | SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership

If you use "don't" messages -- like "don't fail" or "don't hit the ball in the water" -- your brain tends to latch on to the messages' core content with disastrous results, S. Chris Edmonds writes. It's more effective to use positive messaging such as "succeed" or "hit the ball onto the fairway," which leaves no room for cerebral confusion. "At least, with positively stated messages, your brain won’t sabotage your efforts right out of the gate," Edmonds writes.

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