Purpose: To help students experience the concrete, physical power of their positive or negative thoughts.
- Step 1: Ask students to stand up.
- Step 2: Get students spaced evenly around the room with easy room to swing one arm back behind them without hitting another student or the wall or furniture.
- Step 3: Ask students to point straight ahead of them and swing their arm as far as they can behind them.
- Step 4: Ask them to notice how far they got.
- Step 5: Now ask students to close their eyes and see themselves going further still and then to turn their finger as far as they can behind them and then open their eyes and notice how far they got.
- Step 6: This time get students to close their eyes and imagine themselves going further and this time to tell themselves, "I can go further." The students then swing their finger as far as they can get, open their eyes and see how far they got.
- Step 7: This time get students to see themselves going further, tell themselves they're going further still, and feel in their gut, "I feel good," and swing and see how far they got.
- Step 8: Ask students by a show of hands to see who went further.
- Step 9: Discuss with students why they went so much further than last time.
NOTE: This exercise can be life-changing in that once students understand they constantly underestimate themselves they can begin to change perceptions and change performance. This is a great exercise to do at the start of the year.