Does positive self-talk actually work, or is it actually distracting from focusing on the task at hand? I find it’s more helpful to keep my attention on what I need to be doing since there always seems to be something tangible, and actionable, that way. If I get anxious, telling myself to calm down often has the opposite effect whereas coming back to a concrete task concentrates my energy. The athletes I work with have similar feedback. What’s been your experience?