"Either I will find a way, or I will make one."
I found myself repeating this affirmation over and over again many months ago. I was deep in the throes of a depression that I was determined to find a way out of. I eventually did, but it took almost a year.
Using a daily affirmation proved to be a useful tool, one that I found myself falling back on repeatedly. A friend of mine recommended the usage of affirmations to me, and I recently listened to a Tim Ferriss podcast where Scott Adams, the cartoonist behind Dilbert, spoke at length about the utility of affirmations. The basic theory is that this type of cognitive looping around a single idea primes you to find things in your environment that will help you to achieve your goal.
The recent victory (and defeat) of Conor McGregor had me thinking about Irrational Self Confidence as a general tool for achieving goals.
What exactly constitutes "irrational" self confidence?
What context might this be useful in? And what contexts might this be mal-adaptive in?
Perhaps beliefs aren't meant to be accurate models of reality, but rather, tools for achieving certain ends.
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Bret Easton Ellis