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Chapter 2. GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR MEMORY... > CONFIDENCE: POSITIVE MENTAL SET

6.. CONFIDENCE: POSITIVE MENTAL SET

Without having confidence in our ability to remember, our “will” to remember becomes nothing more than a mere hope. If you use positive affirmations and visualize yourself remembering information, it will happen. Studies show that making a presentation is an activity most people fear. Many feel they can’t perform very well because they might “forget.” This kind of negative mental set often becomes self-fulfilling prophecy and results in poor memory.

Confidence plays a critical part in overcoming self-defeating thoughts. The next time you want to be more confident in a situation where you need to give an oral report, you should:


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