How To Psych Yourself In

Use affirmations to re-program the faulty wiring in your brain

> I will not fall off. I will not fall off. I will not fall off… <

Whenever I have to perform in front of other people, I get really nervous. My mind starts to run away with me…

“What if I make a mistake?”
“What if I look stupid?”
“What if I fail and everyone laughs at me?”
“What if I actually hurt myself or other people” — that was a biggie on my driving test.

And my stomach…well, that makes me want to run to the toilet.

Unless I do something to counteract these feelings, it is fairly likely that I will end up sitting on the nearest bog, a sobbing, gibbering wreck.

> Literally me, before every event ever <

Just before I have to perform, when my natural desire to shit all over my dreams (and myself) is at its strongest, I have used affirmations to help calm me down.

An affirmation is a short statement that you say about yourself in the present tense. For example, I am hungry, I am confident, I am scared, I am beautiful.

To “affirm” something means to say that is true, so an affirmation is a short statement that you believe to be true. Or alternatively, you say it and because it is an affirmation, it becomes true.

The first time I used affirmations was to calm myself down before my driving test. My instructor was due to pick me up in an hour and there was no way I was in a fit state to drive let alone think about passing. My nerves were stopping me from thinking straight, I was on the verge of tears and basically a sweaty mess. I started to say to myself out loud over and over and over again.

“I will pass my driving test because I am a confident, competent and safe driver”

I must have said it over 50 times, but the more I said it, the more it calmed me down and the more I started to believe what I was saying.

I could still hear a stupid whiny thought in the back of my head, “but what if you fail?” But my voice was louder than that thought, and it eventually my voice drowned it out completely…

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