Viking hat

Sometimes you just need to wear a Viking hat to respond to a difficult email.
Tina Roth Eisenberg, as quoted by Grace Bonney

Or your lucky socks. Your favorite ring. Whatever emboldens you.

Something that works for me is picturing people I admire: Their company helps me live up to my expectations for myself.

The email may remain challenging but seeing Tina in her helmet, you in your special socks and me in good company can transform any of us into especially capable versions of ourselves.

Practice: Take a deep breath and summon your boldest self. Costume optional.

Related practices: Need, Fluency