Sunday, December 5, 2010

Brian Tracy: "You Can Do It!"

by Gilda Bonanno LLC http://www.gildabonanno.com/

Gilda Bonanno & Brian Tracy
I was excited to meet the legendary Brian Tracy recently, one of America's leading authorities on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness and author of 13 books.  Brian is on the Board of Directors for the National Speakers Association (NSA) and because I'm president-elect of the Connecticut chapter of NSA, I had a chance to meet him when I attended an NSA leadership training.

He spoke very briefly to our group, but his words were very impactful: "you can do it." He recommended that we tell ourselves, our chapter members, our colleagues who are aspiring speakers and our children: "you can do it.

Brian believes that telling people "you can do it" will help them feel more powerful and confident - and reverberate through their lives.

He developed this mindset because he grew up with such negativity that he resolved to try the opposite approach with his children. So he consistently told his children, "you can do it," and they have grown up to believe they are truly capable of anything.

I have long been a fan of Brian's work and I appreciated his words. They are a great reminder of the power of belief and how four words can kickstart motivation and build the self-confidence that will allow people to get started on the right path.

I say "you can do it" to my presentation skills coaching clients and in my leadership training classes. The message encourages people and helps them believe that they are capable of moving forward and doing the work necessary to make progress towards their goal.

You have to say "you can do it" to yourself and believe it. That positive mantra can drown out the negative voice in your head that tells you that you will fail and that you're not good enough (which I've named the "Joy-Sucker" voice because it sucks the joy out of work and life). 

Tell yourself "you can do it" and then move forward.  It works for Brian Tracy… it will work for you, too.


One of my favorite Brian Tracy books is Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (affiliate link)


And thanks to NSA-New Jersey president-elect Tommy Hilcken for taking the photo with his camera!

Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

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