At the Pan American Games, Greg Louganis was asked how he coped with the stress of
international diving competition. He replied that he climbs to the board, takes a deep
breath, and thinks, "Even if I blow this dive, my mother will still love me."
Then he goes for excellence. At the beginning of each day, how good it would be for each
of us to take a deep breath, say, "Even if I blow this dive, my mother will still
love me", and then, assured of grace, go into the day seeking a perfect 10!
Statistics and Research
Abraham Koramn found that individuals who are told they are incompetent to achieve a
certain goal or do a certain task even though they had no pervious experience with the
task, will perform worse than those who are told they are competent to achieve the goals
and do the task.
Bernard Rosenbaum, How to Motivate Today's Workers, p. 22.