DON’T THINK ABOUT A PINK ELEPHANT!
Did you just think about a pink elephant?
Of course you did. This happens because the brain doesn’t know the word “don’t.”
All the brain hears is “pink elephant.”
So if you are getting ready to do your gymnastics routine or drive the golf ball, avoid saying “Don’t mess up” or “Don’t hit it into the water” because you will probably mess up and hit it into the water. Instead, say something like “Focus on your routine” or “Aim for the center of the hole.”
Don’t look where you don’t want to go.