If you want to become a good student, it is important to have confidence in yourself as a learner, it is important to believe that you actually like learning, and that you really enjoy the topic you are studying.
When you picture yourself learning poorly, you actually program your mind for more learning failures – this is what you expect, so it becomes more likely that you will achieve it.
What should you do if you do not actually have confidence in yourself as a learner, or if you are convinced that you will never understand the topic you are studying, that you will never be able to learn that or this lesson?
What is important to know that fortunately you can learn to change your opinion of yourself and what you are learning, by a technique called visualization. Successful visualization generally means that you are able to pretend to yourself, that you are already performing successfully the skill you want to learn. To change your messages to yourself about what kind of student you are, you will have to change your inner concept of yourself as a learner, and change new messages for yourself saying that learning is easy and fun for you, that this is what you want and have to achieve.
Your mind absorbs more easily positive messages when you are in a deeply relaxed state of body and mind. In order to achieve this state, sit or lie comfortably in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed, notice your breathing, relax your body and focus your attention on your breath. Start breathing freely and deeply, in a relaxed manner. You may use different meditation techniques to get your mind into a more relaxed state where it will be easier to accept a new, positive message. Take a few messages to picture yourself as a learner and take note of what you see in your mind.
When visualizing, some people see still images, like a photo, while others see live action all around them. For some people, the images are two-dimensional and faint, for others, the images are three dimensional and solid. For different people the images will appear black and white, transparent, or colored.
Your visualization may seem to unfold on a screen, like a movie, or you may see yourself acting in a play on stage with seemingly real people. You might be watching an image of yourself in action, or you may feel as if you are actually inside your own body, looking out through your eyes, watching the action around you and participating in it.
If you are visualizing past or future scenarios in a way that drains away your self- confidence, you can use special techniques derived from
Neuro-Linguistic Programming that will teach their hold on you.
Are your visualizations of yourself like a positive or a negative person? When a negative scenario plays itself out in your mind, remember how it appears.
Does the scene appear as black and white, or is it in color? Is it close or remote? Does it seem to be like on a screen, or is it three dimensional? Are there any voices? What are they saying? How do you appear in the scene: large or small? Do you seem powerful or weak?
Once you become familiar with the details of your negative imaginings, you have to act like the director of your own inner movie. If you are see a negative experience in color, change it to black and white or make it transparent.
If the negative image is close, then make it go far away. If the negative image is three-dimensional, then make it two-dimensional. If there are voices you do not want to hear, make them quiet, or turn them into funny cartoon voices that sound silly.
Play circus music “in the background” to drown out the words of people you do not want to hear. If other people in your scenes seem threatening to you, shrink them in size or make them into cartoon characters.
Imagine yourself growing very, very large and very solid, much bigger than the people who have been putting you down. If you have been reliving an unpleasant scene, as if you are actually participating in it with the action all around you, change it by making it taking place on a screen that you are viewing from a distance. In that way it will have less emotional impact on you.
Bleach out the colors, or turn them to black and white, turn down the sound, then make the screen smaller and mentally whoosh it away.
After this replace the visualizations that you do not want with visualizations that you do want. Imagine scenes of yourself being happy, relaxed and confident, see yourself learning easily, understanding deeply, getting excellent marks on your tests.
Strongly feel within yourself the satisfaction, confidence and pride you would have with these excellent results. See it, feel it, in the present moment, as a part of you. Feel that you really understand the subject and that you absolutely love learning more about it. Pretend that it is one of your favorite subjects to learn about.
Upon imagining yourself in a scene that fills you with positive confidence, you can view it on a screen, or imagine yourself right in the middle of the scene, taking place all around you. Then you can intensify the colors and your positive feelings. Remember to recreate these positive imagined scenes anytime you have a few minutes. You can do this as many times a day as you can, until you become thinking of yourself as a smart, capable learner for always.
These tips refer to both e-learning of life learning matters.
If you would like to gain better understanding of meditation you can go to:
How to meditate