Besides that Denzel Washington is so fine, and the rest of the cast, too, in The Great Debators, he used a line that I’ll be quoting. When one of his young debators said something negative about his own ability, Washington (playing the real life Melvin B. Tolson) asks, “Would you punch yourself in a street fight?” The kid thinks for a moment and says, I’d hope not, sir.
“So then why would you punch yourself with your words?”
Few things have a more profound effect on our ability to perform than how we think we’ll perform.
Inspiring words start with what we tell ourselves about ourselves.