Tap into the power of a talisman
Still, it can be tough to get those worst-case scenarios out of your head. The simple solution? Rely on a goodluck charm, like your lucky pen, as you complete the application. In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, golfers who played with a “lucky” ball performed 35 percent better than their counterparts, who played using “normal” balls. Why?
The study authors found that the mere suggestion of magic boosted the players’ confidence, inspiring them to set higher goals for themselves and try harder. “Your thoughts and beliefs impact reality and construct your experience,” explains Schwartz. “The lucky charm in and of itself doesn’t guarantee results, but your belief that it’s going to improve your chances can heighten your goals and help you do better.”