A herd of elephants interrupting a seated dinner in the woods.

Some Interruptions are Good

By the time I got to high school I had convinced myself I was not good at math. I dreaded every single math class and struggled to the point of tears sometimes to understand new concepts. Fast forward to my first year in college, and my first college math course. I thank God to this day for that teacher, because even though I don’t remember his name, I remember what he did for me.

Less than two full weeks into the class he asked me to stay after class because he wanted to talk to me for a minute. My first thought was, “Already??? He can already tell I am bad at math?”

But what he said interrupted my thinking in the best of ways. He provoked me to think a different way. He said, “Brenda, I don’t know who said you weren’t good at math and convinced you to believe it, but it isn’t true. You are smart and you can do this. If you will give me a chance, I will prove it to you.”

Was this teacher seriously asking me to give him a chance? That was a first! It was usually me asking that question.

Over the next few weeks this teacher changed some faulty structures in my brain by interrupting my normal way of thinking and causing me to think differently. I thought he was just a great teacher… and he was. But today I know there is a lot more to what he did than what I knew then. I wonder if he knew the impact his interruptions in my thinking would make.

This is not about math. It’s about becoming aware of our thoughts, and then determining whether they help or hinder us. We can interrupt our thought patterns and stop the negative cycles. We can interrupt what hinders and create what helps.

Our subconscious (the place where information first enters our minds) doesn’t know fact from fiction, right from wrong, or good from bad. It just processes what we feed it.

I had told myself for so long that I was bad at math that my subconscious believed it. So, when faced with a math situation, my subconscious went looking for information to prove to my conscious mind that what I had said was true. I was proving the garbage in, garbage out theory without an awareness of how the cycle worked.

The more I learn about our brains, the more fascinated I become.

What are you telling yourself that is harmful, or at least not helpful?

Are you ready to interrupt that pattern and construct some new beliefs that will shift how you think and show up?

If you have questions and would like to process them with me, let’s schedule a call.
I am happy to have a conversation with you to determine ways to help you move past limitations into abundance.

I believe in you,

Brenda is a believer in impossible possibilities. In brokenness becoming beautiful. In justice and mercy and honor and power – with love perfecting them all. She is a wife, mom, mimi, daughter, and friend who also enjoys speaking, writing, and coaching.