YOU ARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE

THE STORY THAT WE PLAY IN OUR MIND

When I was in school, I was a C student. I always thought that I was below average. I couldn’t really comprehend everything that my classmates could. I struggled with test taking and I had the most difficult time focusing in class. I used to lie about my grades and test scores because I was embarrassed.

To give you a good idea of how I felt… I was just constantly discouraged.

My sophomore year of high school, I had a math teacher who completely shifted my perspective. I never did well in math. She asked me why.

My response was that…

“I just don’t understand it and I’ve never been good at it.”

It wasn’t something that came naturally to me.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR STORY

That teacher then told me the simplest, yet most valuable statement of my life:

“If you tell yourself you aren’t good at something, you won’t be good at it.”

My grades started going up in that math class. She encouraged me. When I got a question wrong on a quiz, she would sit me down and tell me that I’ve got this. If I believed that I could get better grades in math, then I could. My entire mindset shifted and math became my strength from that point on. I excelled. I got A’s on every test.

  1. I started studying differently.

  2. I started speaking to myself differently.

  3. I started asking for help when I needed it.

I apply that lesson to every area of my life to this day.

If I tell myself that I’m not good at something or that I can’t have something, then I will never be good at it or I will never have it. It’s that negative self talk that stops us from achieving our greatest potential.

THE TAKEAWAY

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I was only a C student because I believed that I was a C student. That was the story that was playing in my mind. Because that was the story that was playing in my mind, I wasn’t able to move forward. I accepted what I THOUGHT that I was.

When there is something in your life that doesn’t feel good or that you want to change, start by shifting your mindset. Start by shifting the story you tell yourself in your mind.

Once you acknowledge your feelings and that story, you can take the necessary steps to make a change!

What story do you have playing that is negatively affecting your life?

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