I am weaker because I am smaller.
I don’t have much patience or perseverance.
I will never be really good at a martial art.
People will think I’m stupid if I keep getting things wrong.
At some point I am bound to be laughed at and feel humiliated.
Training in a male-dominated environment is scary.
Making mistakes is not enjoyable.
I’ll never cope without some previous experience.
A negative experience in class will set me back.
My feelings of inadequacy are a part of me.
I’ll have to do weeks of research to understand what’s being taught.
Being in the spotlight is embarrassing and uncomfortable.
I’m likely to get hurt.
I will never be part of “the gang”.
I should understand instructions immediately.
I don’t have any special abilities.
I will never have the “breakthrough moment” that people talk about.
Martial arts won’t affect the rest of my life.
I will never learn this complicated, subtle art.
I cannot change my mind.
As it turns out, every single one of these thoughts that have crossed my mind at some stage is a LIE.
Does your head lie to you?