Do you ever have those days when …

Do You Ever Get Those Days When ...

… you just don’t feel good enough or you have that horrible inability to remember or say what you want?

I know how you feel because there have been many times in the past when I’ve just frozen with fear and literally blanked out.  Yep, that’s it, when your mind just empties, goes blank and there is absolutely no point of recovery.

I can remember one particularly memorable occasion in a law lecture, at university, when our professor had a habit of picking on people in the auditorium on a random basis.  I was feeling tired, sluggish and unwell and, yep, you guessed it, guess whose name he decided to read off his list.

I just literally froze with fear.  I wanted the floor to open up and swallow me in right there and then.

More annoyingly, I had worked and prepared for the lecture.  I’d not just gone in there and hoped I wouldn’t get picked.  I could hear the murmurings in the auditorium as I struggled to recall how I needed to answer the professor’s question.  I had the sinking feeling in my stomach, the clammy hands and the dry mouth.

The silence was DEAFENING!

You name it, I had every symptom of Brain Freeze and I was totally paralyzed by it.

I was so angry with myself as not only did I feel embarrassed but I also felt as if I’d let myself down.  I vowed it would never happen again.

I decided I would do everything in my power to prevent the situation ever happening again by protecting myself in a situation where I was put ‘on the spot’.

This would include: taking exams, attending seminars and ultimately [when I was working] making speeches within the particular industry I was involved in at the time.  It was really any situation that involved me having to say something when I couldn’t refer to notes.

I have now been a long time fan of mind mapping which means I create a visual image inside my head that relates to all the issues I have to remember.  Instead of remembering a long list of bullet points, I create a story instead that simply loops from one image to the next.  It can be as stupid or childish as you like because nobody will see or hear it unless you choose to.

For example, if you had to remember a list of things you wanted to talk about and it included: –

  • Learning the piano
  • Reading a particular book
  • Your favorite breed of dog
  • Your wedding day

Think about them in visual terms so imagine a piano with your book on top of the keyboard, the dog you love sitting by your side as you play and your wedding bouquet in a vase of water on the windowsill.  This way, it is far easier to remember.

World class memory experts use this technique to memorize all sorts of things including packs of cards and complicated mathematical sequences.  The brain responds so much better to visual training and which is what I found when I was learning my new online, digital skills’ set.

Use it to give yourself a safety net in those pressurized situations and also to realize just how much your memory can be improved to empower you both in life and business.

Trust me, it works!

I wish you every success for your digital future!

Rachel A Hill LLB [Hons]

Digital Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Private Tutor and Author

 

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