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Improving Self Talk

School has started - long time ago. 2008 is almost over and mid terms are fast approaching. This is the time that students usually start worrying, some with good cause. However, worry is still worry and it eats away at our confidence. Taking tests (mid-terms, end of semester and the fear-inducing SAT and ACT tests on which so much of the future is based), frequently induces a different but very distinct type of stress.

One of the most fearful things I had to do when I was in school was take a test. It scared the bejeebers out of me. Oh, I'd studied. I knew the material forwards and backwards. I just had a distinct problem getting the information from my mind to the paper. There wasn't much that I could do, but - there is help for students today - ME!

For some students the knowledge is there, they just don't know how to access it. For other students, the problem is learning to study effectively and for some, it is just learning how to listen in class. Lacking any one of these components increases the stress levels when test time comes.

So, what are the basic problems? Concentration, distractions, memory, fear, lack of confidence . . . The list goes on but these seem to be the major stumbling blocks. Now, what can you do about them?

First of all, change the way you speak to yourself. Ever listened in on those inner conversations? Eavesdrop sometime. You just might be appalled! You tell yourself "I'm a lousy student"; "I don't know how"; "I can't"; "I'm not able", etc. The more frequently you hear something the more powerful it becomes. The more you say you are a bad student, the worse student you become.

So what would happen if you from negative to positive? What if you change this self talk said to "I am an excellent student. I study and learn easily."? Would you change? You bet! You just set yourself up to succeed!

You didn't get here overnight, you won't get out of the slump overnight either. Negative statements are six times more powerful than positive statements. (Guess that is why it is easier to believe the bad stuff.) Your thoughts and words have power. You are the only one who has the control of your thoughts. You are the only one who can make them positive or negative. Believe in yourself. Praise yourself. Be patient, kind, tolerant with yourself.

Do this. For one month (yes one solid month) affirm yourself everyday with this affirmation. "I am an excellent student. I study and learn easily." From the time you get up until you go to breakfast. When you see your reflection or shadow; when you hear your name. From the time you start your bedtime routine until you lay your head on the pillow. Every day! Remember the more you hear (say, think) a statement, the truer, stronger, more powerful it becomes. The job of a student is to learn. That is whole point of school. So give yourself the best chance to succeed. Affirm yourself. Calm yourself. Believe in yourself.