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Brain Science: The Power of Self Talk

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Take the first step in changing how your brain reacts to fear.

“Your mind is your greatest power. Use it well.” Aneta Cruz

Your brain is incredible: virtually limitless information storage, processing speeds upwards of 260 mph, over 100,000 neurons in a tissue sample the size of a single grain of sand.  Your brain hosts the world's most powerful tech.  It's even better than the iPhone 12.  My condolences to Apple.  Best Wishes.  Warmest Regards. Your thoughts have power.  In fact, your thoughts are so powerful that your brain treats thinking and doing the same way.  Just thinking about an action causes the same motor neurons to fire as actually doing the action.  I thought my way through a fierce core workout last night, while drinking a glass of Shiraz.  Amazing.  The thinking/doing also applies to your fight or flight response.  You know, that shaky-legs-dry-mouth-sweaty-palms-forgot-your-own-name routine that pops up when you face a presentation, sales pitch, faculty meeting, holiday at your in-laws... The more negative self-talk you do, the stronger the response becomes -  until you find yourself in the Target parking lot, white knuckling the steering wheel of your parked SUV, and sweating through your shirt because you thought about the presentation you're giving at work...next month.  What's a girl to do?  It's time to Shift the Shit.  Your brain LOVES repetition, and she also LOVES relationships - attaching new information to old.  So, it's time to change the way you think about public speaking.  Here's how: 1) Write down a sentence highlighting your strongest fears about speaking in public.  For example: "I hate speaking in public, I always forget what I want to say, and look totally unprepared. 2) Shift the Shit.  Flip that sentence inside out: "I love public speaking, I always speak clearly and effectively, and look totally prepared." 3) Write your new sentence down 3 times.  Post It's are great, but if you want to go total Lisa Frank with this, I won't stop you.  4) Post your sentences in places you see often.  Your bedside table is required (sleep is KEY to creating lasting memories) I also recommend your bathroom mirror, your desk, and your car.  5) Read your sentence aloud.  Before bed, and when you wake up for sure - and any other time you see it.  6) When negative thoughts arise, tell them to grab a LaCroix and have a seat in the lobby because you do not have time for that shit right now.  Instead, repeat your new, positive sentence. 

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