Mindset! Recognizing and revising self-talk patterns

Inner Critic: "I hate science! I am not good at it! I never pass the quizzes!"

Inner Defender: "I'm not the only one in the class who fails the quizzes! The TA needs to stop making them so hard."

Inner Guide: "I am responsible for my own grades! I need to reach out to my teacher and see how can I pass the next quiz."

Reflection: My inner critic gets the best of me sometimes, but not often. Sometimes I blame everything on myself. I can be very hard on myself which is sometimes a good thing when I am being hard on myself in a positive way. Often times when I fail quizzes in my Biology lab, I blame myself because I should have taken the time to go over the handout before class. My inner defendant is what I refer to the most. Often times, I put others at fault for my failures. I often judge others before realizing what I did wrong or could have done differently. I often say, “If the Teacher’s Assistant stops making the quizzes so hard, maybe we can pass. Also, I am not the only person in the class failing.” However, this is the time where I should be using my inner guide! My inner guide would tell me that I am responsible for my own grades and I need to somehow reach out to my professor and ask how can I pass the rest of the quizzes, which is the absolute truth. It is so much better to be truthful to ourselves, rather than putting ourselves down, and blaming ourselves and others. When I am able to fully shift my mindset into an inner guide mindset, I will be such a positive and successful person. I know that I will continue to make mistakes, but my inner guide will help me accept those mistakes and learn from them!

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Kristall Strobert
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