Don’t Be Afraid To Say It Out Loud
“I always win.” I said as the therapist/lecturer introduced me to the class of college students who were visiting to observe my physical therapy session on the horse. I was referring to the annual horse show to take place this Sunday. I immediately had a second of anxiety around being so sure of myself.
This will be the sixth time I have competed in the horse show. I have always won at least one ribbon if not the coveted title of champion. So naturally I am confident. Yet, we think putting positive energy into a desired outcome will somehow “jinx it”. But what if being afraid to do this actually draws energy to the negative outcome we are hoping to avoid? I think it’s better to talk about what we want with confidence it will come to us.
I noticed my boyfriend talking about a minor repair he had made to his car this week and cautiously saying he thought it seemed to be running better. He quickly followed this by saying he shouldn’t speak too soon.
“Worrying is like praying for what we don’t want.”
If that old saying is true I would like to propose the opposite is true, as well. Instead of worrying about what we don’t want, let’s try giving voice to what we do want. Say it out loud and don’t worry.