Negative self talk
The power of your words and thoughts is incredible
I’ve always had a bee in my bonnet about maths
I remember in primary school being so confuzzled by numbers that I tried to cheat on a maths test
When I went out to the bathroom I spotted a calculator on the table and I tried to use it to cheat
Yes that’s right, little 8 year old me, got caught cheating!
I was always so desperate to be the 100% girl
I always wanted to win and any less was not an option
This has followed me around for my entire life
I still consciously avoid numbers where I can which isn’t always possible for me
But how much of my aversion to maths is actually a true lack of understanding
And how much of it is because I tell myself that I CANT do it?
Thinking back to my maths related ‘career’ I did ok at GCSE getting an A in maths and A in statistics
Not the signs of someone suffering from lack of maths smarts
I still didn’t feel confident
I managed to get through a degree that included a lot of chemistry and biomechanics, they are some pretty horrific calculating based modules – and I did ok there too
But I still live day to day, telling myself that I am no good with numbers
That I suck at math
I want you to think now about what you tell yourself every day
When you look in the mirror do you see a remarkable human being
Do you look away in disgust and exclaim that you are ugly, fat, worthless?
Your psyche is a powerful tool
If you tell yourself something every day, you will eventually believe this to be true
I can’t count the number of people that I work with who have such negative self talk habits
It’s time to flip this on its head
I want you to look in the mirror and take your deepest fear or quibble with yourself
And tell yourself that you are worthy, you are strong and you are deserving of a great life and a happy life
No matter how ridiculous it makes you feel
And really what does it matter cause no one is there but you
No one else is in your head
No one else knows that you hate your tummy, or your thighs, or your wonky eye or your curly hair!
More often than not we are creating these negative thoughts in our own mind
And reinforcing them day after day
So lets work on this and turn it around
I promise you that if you keep saying positive things about yourself you will eventually start to believe in those too!
You CAN find something that you love about yourself
It might start off small, but the more we can work on this
The more you will discover there is to love about yourself
Nicola ‘buzzin’ Rossell
PS I told myself that I rock at maths today and it feels great, I might even go and do some sums for the hell of it – just because I CAN!