Have you ever wanted to get up on stage during amateur comedy
night or ask for a raise, but couldn't muster the courage? Stepping
up to a challenge can be daunting, yet rewarding, once you overcome
that initial fear. Here are a few tips for talking yourself into
+ Look for opportunities. Plan small steps toward
your larger challenge. For example, if conquering your fear of
public speaking is on the agenda, start with a small audience.
+ Stay positive. Focus on finding solutions to
obstacles. For instance, if you don't know how to use the complex
weight systems at the gym, remember that a trainer can show you
+ Get inspired. Seek a co-worker who has achieved a
raise or promotion and ask what he or she did to receive it.
+ Envision your end goal. Tell yourself you can
achieve it because you can, and you will.