One of Al Franken’s comedy characters on Saturday Night Live was an insecure dude named Stuart Smalley whose daily self-talk message was "I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone it, people like me."   SNL played it as a spoof but the truth is that self-talk can actually help turn stress into strength.

Time magazine reports on research that shows anger, anxiety, and excitement all produce the same physical symptoms -- known as the "fight or flight response."

The empowering point of the research is that we can turn the energy from anxiety or anger into excitement simply by saying out loud, "I feel excited".

Ian Robertson wrote the book on this idea in an actual book titled “The Stress Test” and he says we can interpret stress in a way  can become a source of positive energy to improve performance. (Time)



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