Mum I can't do that! I can't! I'm not even near as good as that!
Sammy, you just need to try your best! Go out there and give it your best shot!!
Uh-oh... she's so worried...
If she's so worried, maybe I should be too!!! Uh oh...
I went to a Dance Competition and when I arrived I found out I was the youngest in the comp and would be versing people at least 2 years older than me, and all the girls were on pointe! I had to compete against them and ended up coming third, because I changed my mindset.
That's not okay to think like that... I should be focusing on me, not them and shouldn't be so paranoid.
I'm never going to do well if I think like this...
I felt extremely scared and doubtful of my abilities as I thought they were all so much better than me and didn't have a chance. I became very panicky and wanted to pull out. I then had to just try my best and think to myself it would be a learning experience.
Three deep breaths... 1... 2... 3... phew!
I left backstage as it was too nerve-racking to watch others and feel disheartened. I started to have negative thoughts and started crying, thinking it would be very embarrassing. this effected my mum because she started to worry and wanted to make me stop worrying, and had to try talk to me about trying my best. It also affected my younger sister because she was watching me be very stressed out before she went onstage, leading to her being more nervous and not performing as well.
Yayyy! We all did so well!
I'm so glad that worked out and I tried my best, look how well I did because I changed my mindset!
Phew! She did so well I'm so proud!
I started to overcome my emotions, realising that my headspace wasn't going to help me. My mum was right, I needed to just try my best and forget about the other competitors. it didn't matter if I didn't, of course I wanted to but it would be an experience regardless. keeping these ideas in my head, I thought about making a goal, to dance the best I had with that dance.
I was jumping to conclusions, which is a thinking problem, when it may turn out all right! I need to give myself a chance.
I spent some time by myself reflecting on what was making me feel this was, why I was feeling this way and what I could do to change that. I took some deep breaths to get over my nerves and felt a lot better. I had a new confidence, and my mind was saying things such as I can do this... It doesn't matter, I'll try my best... instead of the negative thoughts I was having before.
I might be able to do this now! In fact, I CAN do this now!
In scene three I was really stressed out and was seeing everything negatively, which impacted my sister as she got put off by my stress and my mum as she got worried for me even though she didn't need to be. I fixed that by dancing well and then saying after how silly I was for being that paranoid. They understood that I would be nervous and we all learnt something from that day, from trying your best, or not jumping to conclusions, as I came third!
Sorry I was so stressed out and stressed you out too... it was really silly of me!