- Gary Huynh
Howdy, fellow code wranglers! Time to hitch your wagon to another star in our
mental health cosmos for
developers. Today, we're delving into
The Power of Positive Affirmations: Boosting Your Coding Confidence. So, buckle up and let's hit the affirmations trail!
Have you ever found yourself staring at a tricky piece of code and thinking
I can't do this? If you answered
yes, then this post is for you. That little voice in your head, known as self-talk, can have a huge impact on how you feel and perform. And that's where positive affirmations come into play.
According to Dr. Shad Helmstetter's book
What to Say When You Talk to Your Self, the way we talk to ourselves influences our
behaviors. And guess what? We can harness this power to boost our
How, you ask? Well, here are some strategies to help you corral those wild negative thoughts:
Mind Your Language: Be conscious of your self-talk. Whenever you catch yourself slipping into negative territory, steer yourself back with positive affirmations like "I can learn this", "I am capable", or "I am a problem-solver".
Visualize Success: Before tackling a challenging task, close your eyes and visualize yourself successfully completing it. This can boost your confidence and motivation.
Reframe Challenges: Rather than viewing difficult tasks as insurmountable obstacles, see them as opportunities to grow and learn.
Celebrate Wins: Big or small, celebrate your victories. Did you fix a bug? Hooray! Did you learn a new function? Double hooray! Each win, no matter how small, is a step towards greater confidence.
Use Affirmation Apps: There are plenty of apps and tools available to help you practice positive affirmations. Give them a try!
Write it Down: Write your affirmations down and stick them where you can see them regularly - like your computer monitor or bathroom mirror.
By consciously choosing positive and empowering self-talk, you can kick those coding fears to the curb and rope in that coding confidence you've been aiming for.
Next up on our trail ride, we'll be exploring "The Art of Effective Communication: Enhancing Collaboration in Coding Teams". Until then, keep coding, keep affirming, and keep being awesome!
- Helmstetter, S. (1986). What to Say When You Talk to Your Self. Pocket Books.