Listen up y'all...
it’s time for this saying to be officially and permanently retired!
When we lovingly advise each other or ourselves to “fake it 'til you make it” we are, inadvertently, reinforcing a negative internal dialog that undercuts our progress. Although intended to send the positive, uplifting message of “just take action until you gain confidence and competence,” this phrase includes a subtle, not-very-empowering message that needs examination. I understand telling ourselves to “fake it” allows us to move forward when we may not yet believe in ourselves, but language is powerful, so let’s use language that describes what’s actually happening.
To better express the dynamic that occurs when we take an action, change our nonverbal pose, smile even if we don’t feel...
Do you use affirmations? I admit that I've been pretty skeptical in the past. But given what I have learned about neuroscience, I've changed my mind.
Neuroscience tells us that our brain responds to the thoughts we have - just like worrying can activate the stress response, what we say to ourselves via our thoughts and spoken words activates various neurotransmitters, setting off all types of body signals. Using positive affirmations activates the reward centers of your brain and, with enough repetition, can actually change your brain - a process known as neuroplasticity. Also exciting... studies have shown that the use of affirmations can increase a sense of hopefulness (we could all use a boost of hope), can lower stress, and have even been shown to improve academic performance!
I invite you to stand up, get your feel solidly planted on the ground and read these aloud. Maybe add some great music in the background, invite...
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