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Challenge limiting beliefs with double Paralympic gold medallist, Danielle Brown


Take a look at these great tips and advice from our authors, on preparing for and excelling in exams.

Challenging limiting beliefs

Every time you think the words ‘I can’t ...’ or ‘What if ...’ you’re limiting yourself, and we’re all guilty of it! Negative thoughts have the power to destroy everything you’ve worked so hard for. If you think that you’re terrible at taking exams then you probably won’t be motivated to study hard. Your grades are likely to reflect this mentality, which just confirms that your original thought of being terrible at taking exams is correct. So it’s time to get you thinking positively. This is where you’re going to reprogram that computer in your brain.

As soon as a negative thought pops into your head it should start ringing alarm bells. Visualising a bright red stop sign is a really great way to challenge a negative thought. Close your eyes now and see if you can picture one.

Once you’ve got that image in your mind, you need to start the process of changing your negative thought into a positive one. Use logic to find an answer that rejects your negative belief – no matter how impossible a situation may seem at first, there is always another way of looking at things. When you’ve done the questioning and found that your belief isn’t true then you need to change it to a positive. My dream was to stand on top of that podium, a gold medal around my neck. I went out there and made that dream come true because I always believed I would. Having that unwavering self-confidence is undoubtedly the key to success and building this self-confidence will have a profound and positive impact on your results.

Danielle Brown, Paralympic Gold Medalist and Co-author of Collins GCSE Study Skills talks about building confidence for Year 10 Students