Jumat, 13 Oktober 2017

(003) Motivate Yourself: Tell yourself a True Lie

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I remember when my then 12-year-old daughter Margery participated in a school poetry reading in which all her classmates had to write a “lie poem” about how great they were.
Tey were supposed to make up untruths about themselves that made them sound unbelievably wonderful. I realized as I listened to the poems that the children were doing an unin
tended version of what Arnold did to clarify the picture of his future. By “lying” to themselves they were creating a vision of who they wanted to be.
It’s noteworthy, too, that public schools are so out of touch with the motivational sources of individual achievement and personal success that in order to invite children to express big
visions for themselves they have to invite the children to “lie.”
Most of us are unable to see the truth of who we could be. My daughter’s school developed an unintended solution to that difculty: If it’s hard for you to imagine the potential in your
self, then you might want to begin by expressing it as a fantasy, as did the children who wrote the poems. Tink up some stories about who you would like to be. Soon you will begin to create
the necessary blueprint for stretching your accomplishments. Without a picture of your highest self, you can’t live into that self. Fake it ’till you make it. Te lie will become the truth.