A lack of confidence in your intelligence can make the problem of dyslexia so much worse. If dyslexia has ever made you feel stupid let me prove to you there is no word you can’t learn to read or spell.
Self-belief is the cornerstone of anybody’s ability to learn. Now please stay with me I don’t mean this in some new age, flowery kind of way. This idea is purely about psychological motivation.
I know it can be so hard to build confidence when dyslexia is holding you back. This is the psychological part of beating dyslexia. You need to believe you can beat it in order to motivate yourself to succeed.
Self-belief is a necessity to be an intelligent person:
If you believe you’re stupid it will cripple your motivation. For example: When faced with a tough problem a person who believes they’re intelligent will try to solve it. A person who does not is more likely to give up sooner or not try at all.
How to generate confidence:
At school I had a lack of confidence. I was scared of trying my hardest. I thought if I put all my effort in and I still couldn’t learn it would prove I was stupid.
My fear of failure caused my lack of confidence. Therefore the only way to generate confidence was to confront my fear of failure.
When I was at university I kept telling myself I wouldn’t give up no matter what the outcome was, even if I failed my degree. This may sound like the oldest cliché ever. Psychologically, though, it was the perfect way to focus my mind and confront my fear of failure.
The difference confidence can make:
When I was at school I had a lack of confidence and believed I was stupid: The highest grade I got in my final year exams was an E in mathematics the rest were F’s and G’s.
Later in life after taking an access course I was able to go to university. I believed to succeed I had to never give up trying no matter the outcome: I got a B grade (2.1) for my degree.
I’ll prove to you there is no word you can’t learn to spell:
If you can spell one of them you can spell any of them. THEY ARE ALL THE SAME.
A word, any word, is just a group of symbols that has meaning when decoded. If you can decode one of them you can decode any of them.
For example let’s use the word: Tree, easy to spell right!
Ok what about:
Antidisestablishmentarianism- This one is a little harder I know.
Let’s make it easy to spell, (see graphic)
You now have nine separate parts of the word that are just as easy to spell as the word ‘tree’. The best spellers in the country use this method. They break a long word down in to manageable chunks a few letters at a time. So for them no word becomes harder to spell than a four letter word like ‘tree’ or ‘book’.
You may be thinking ok but what about the weird ones that aren’t spelt as they sound?
Good question let's take for example the word:
The ‘gh’ is silent. The only way anyone can learn to spell this word is to simply remember it has the letters ‘gh’ in it (see graphic). To be a good speller you need to get your memory working. Click here for Memory Improvement Techniques.
If you can remember how to spell this non-phonetic word you can remember any of them. THEY ARE ALL THE SAME.
To overcome a lack of confidence you have to believe 100% you can achieve anything. Having complete faith in yourself not only motivates but also reduces stress and fear of failure when things get tough.
I know there is no word in any language I cannot learn to read or spell. I also know it is the same for you. There is no word you can’t learn that is a fact.
I always need to have a confident mind-set for learning anything. I have to maintain confidence to achieve my maximum potential. All I need to do is keep telling myself I can do it and never give up trying. Click here for help building confidence in your judgement.