Pay Attention to Self-Talk; Replace What is Not Serving You Well
The subconscious mind is powerful and useful, but it’s not all that smart. It believes whatever we’re feeding it.
You can notice your own ‘tapes’ that run in the background and find the right words to replace these old messages.
- This technique is most powerful if you speak the new messages aloud (even if you just whisper them to yourself).
- If you repeat these positive messages a few times just before sleeping and just after waking, change happens even faster.
* This is not for everyone, but it is very effective for perfectionists. Say it proudly, loudly, with shoulders thrown back. You may sweat at first, but eventually this helps you quit over-preparing and regain your flexibility.
The above are variations on an insidious theme that most of us are prey to at times. Here are some helpful contradictions:
- Invite observers to tell you one thing they liked in your teaching that they can use in their own classes.
- Have students fill out exit cards listing one thing they learned that day (or one thing they like about the lesson).
- Keep a folder of appreciations. Read them occasionally. 🙂
- Write a letter for your employment file describing the positive aspects of your teaching.
- Find a ‘bragging partner’. Tell each other regularly about your teaching success. It’s fun!
How about you? Do you use other positive affirmations to help you lower your stress? Leave your comments and suggestions in the box below. Don’t forget to subscribe to follow this series, and receive updates.