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Talking to Myself

This week I thought I might just post some of the quotes that I find myself saying to students (often when they are particularly anxious/stressed though not always).  These are also the same things I say to myself. I’ve found self-talk/trying to keep a rational and positive internal dialogue going a great reassurance.  Now, I’m not a psychologist, so I write these quotes/questions with the caveat that these are things I’ve found useful though I’m fully aware that they will be little help if you have clinical anxiety or depression. In which case, take heart but also go and talk to a professional.

Some quotes I like:

“Comparison is the thief of joy. ” – Theodore Roosevelt (There’s always someone younger than you, smarter than you, more talented than you etc but that doesn’t lessen your achievements or the pride you can take in your work! On a side note, I try not to think too hard about the fact that I’ll never become a professional tennis player for this very reason. Also, I don’t play tennis which is another problem.)

“What do you call the doctor who came last in his class? A doctor.” – This one’s courtesy of my dad. He didn’t make it up but not sure where he got it from…

“If you’re not happy with your OP, I’ll re-enrol you in year 12 and you can sit for it again!” – Definitely my Dad’s. He said this to me when I got a really good OP (though not the best OP) and I cried for 2 days.  Puts things in perspective! I’m not sure of anyone who would willingly re-enrol/resit a piece of assessment that they passed just to go for a better mark…

Some questions I like:

Can I remember a time when I didn’t feel like this? (The answer is always yes). Therefore, can I foresee a time in the future when I will no longer feel like this? (Again, the answer is always yes)

What’s the worst that could happen? (Most academic situations are never a matter of life or death)

Why am I here? (Good to ask yourself to get back to the reason why you’re studying)

Short post this week! Next week I’ll be off to compete in the Three Minute Thesis Trans-Tasman Final – woohoo! Perhaps next week I will do a post on public speaking?