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How You Should Talk to Yourself if You Want to Improve Your Performance

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Self-talk was once seen as something reserved for motivational gurus—perhaps you remember the SNL character Stuart Smalley staring into a mirror and proclaiming: “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” But more people are learning that there are practical, measurable benefits to adopting a positive inner narrative. On Medium, Alan




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Michelle Woo

Michelle Woo

Author of Horizontal Parenting: How to Entertain Your Kid While Lying Down (Chronicle Books)

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