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I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough and Dog-Gone It People Like Me!

Posted by jamesseetoo on October 29, 2009

Ever use affirmations?  A lot of people do and after all, the above one must have worked since it turned a clown into a senator.  But the question is, can they work for you?  And the answer to that is yes they can if you do them correctly and they could be a big help when you’re going into an interview.

Okay, so you’ve finally got an interview and the job sounds like something you would really like.  And suddenly it seems like it’s a really important thing, a lot more important than just talking about the World Series with one of your friends.  Do you find yourself acting any differently?  Chances are the natural nervousness you would feel when speaking with new people is amplified to the point where it drowns out your own thoughts and you feel your confidence draining away.

I’ve had candidates sparkle during phone interviews and when they came on site for their final interviews fall apart and become different people.  Since it’s the Halloween season I guess Dr. Jekyll became Mr. Hyde or maybe it had something to do with the full moon.  But in any event, they lost confidence in themselves and for lack of a better description, choked.

So how do you stay confident during an interview?  Try the Meta Yes technique.

The Meta Yes is a way to leverage affirmations.  While some people are able to tape affirmations to their bathroom mirrors or chant them to themselves for good result the majority of people who complain that they don’t work simply do not link that affirmation to something that they know to be true.  And because of that an affirmation becomes wishful thinking like most New Year’s resolutions.

The Meta Yes:

1) Think of something you know to be true, like your name, where you live etc.  Say that to yourself and notice the feeling that you have of saying something you know to be true to yourself.

2) Imagine a circle in front of you and step into it and say whatever it was you chose in step 1 and very affirmatively say “Yes!”

3) Step out and repeat a couple of times, really noticing what it feels like when you’re saying something you know to be true.

4) After a few times, say your affirmation and step into the circle again and say “Yes!” while bringing up that feeling of knowing something is true.

5) Repeat this a few times a day and pretty soon the affirmation will gain strength.  Essentially you are anchoring what you know to be true to the affirmation and your unconscious will work on making it true for you.

So, if for example you were to use the affirmation, “I am the best person for this job and am able to express that articulately in interviews” you will likely find yourself to be more confident in expressing yourself with interviewers.  Give it a try in an area where you’re feeling a sticking point.  Let me know how it goes.

Remember, your skills are your job security.


James Seetoo

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2 Responses to “I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough and Dog-Gone It People Like Me!”

  1. Heather R said

    Great Advice, James. Some of the ones I use are “I am calm, balanced, and in my center at all times,” or “I expect the best, because it always happens.” Another practice I do is called “scripting,” where you write out in great detail ahead of the event how wonderful it will go, and then read it over and over and over.

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