Sticking with the motivation theme
As it tends to be an overarching element of being a single parent. The challenges come thick and fast.
I find that there is a common theme; my mind.
Whatever is facing you it can be easy to fall into the paradigm of perceiving it as as problem. I call it the dentist visit syndrome.
I have nothing against dentists, but I have had bad experiences in the past that had led me to fear them. As a result, during my late teens my dental health suffered. The turning point was when pain took over, and I had to do something.
£5 short of £700 later, I was fixed.
Oh, there was also the little matter of 12 separate injections in my gums to add to the experience.
That set me thinking. I was just realising my journey as a budding psychologist so I started to research mental sets and paradigms. It occurred to me that despite my fears, the procedures actually weren’t all that bad. I had built up this fear and picture in my mind that was so powerful, it drowned out all reason. My thoughts of the event were stronger than the reality of the event.
I had to change.