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August 10, 2020 at 11:46 am #27561Prathusha RaviModerator
Consistency of course!! no new skill can be acquired instantly, it definitely needs practice and a strenuous practice till you master it in such a way that it becomes automatic !!
What if a person learns to drive a car but does not use the car for a long time ?? He will forget the driving skill which he learnt earlier. On the other hand if he practices driving regularly for years, then it is impossible to forget because by this time the driving skill is programmed into his muscle memory !! Now even if he does not touch the car for months he won’t forget how to drive !!
Similarly learning crutches and doing Auto suggestions are like learning new skills. You need to keep practicing them consistently every time even when you don’t need them till it becomes a part of your system !! After that even if you think that you are not using the crutches, you would be actually using it without you consciously knowing it !! It will be in-built and you would have reached a point where you are no longer able to distinguish between whether you are using the crutches or not because now it has become your “speaking style”.
Crutches are like pills or tablets that we take whenever we encounter a stutter and immediately the stutter vanishes but AST is like a surgery wherein we try to remove the tumor (stuttering habit) from the body. When you remove the root cause of the problem then the problem no longer exists.
Hidden talent is the greatest sin. Similarly, when we know that we can improve our speech and when we realize that we can use the crutches all the time to achieve fluency but in the end if we are still not willing to put in the effort required then we are to be blamed for our stutter !!
Nothing in this world comes for free and if it comes for free it won’t last !! So please I request every PWS to have a mindset wherein they believe that they can beat the stuttering because believing solves half of the problem. I also want to make myself clear here !! Stuttering is a habit that had been developed over years so don’t come with a mindset of eating a magic pill and expecting results overnight !!
Michael Angelo rightly said that “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, It would not seem so wonderful at all”
Have the WILLINGNESS to acquire the new skill (learning the crutches and doing AST 2x daily) and be ready to put in effort and practice the crutches every time !! The funniest part is we all learn the crutches in just 2 sessions but the real challenge lies in the application !! Being a SPEECH COP is difficult !! And to be one needs practice !!
Stuttering is not a disease like cancer to need a support group !! Stuttering is a habit !! And a habit can be changed !! Of course with lots of practice !! Accepting stutter is good but dwelling in it is not such a good idea when you have room to improve your fluency !! And “WE MAKE ROOM TO IMPROVE FLUENCY”. “THE UNIVERSE ALWAYS FALLS IN LOVE WITH A STUBBORN HEART” and we are stubborn to eradicate stuttering from this world !! Join WSSA Inc., to make a difference !!August 10, 2020 at 2:08 pm #27562Leah AreffModerator
I love what you have written! Though I must comment, I am more impressed by people who HAVE to work hard to get what they want. The fact that somebody had to work hard for something makes it MORE admirable in my opinion, purely because most people would not be willing to work so hard for something, and would rather use excuses as to why they cannot attain it.
I hear it all the time; “I was too busy”, “I was too depressed”, “I was not in the mood”. Well then buckle up for a lifetime of humiliation and misery caused by stuttering, simply because you were “not in the mood” to practice. We have posted over 100 success stories, and every single time I see a new SS being posted, I marvel at the fact that somebody took control of their lives and stopped making excuses and blaming other people!August 11, 2020 at 8:53 am #27565JavierModerator
Very true what you said there, Prathusha!!
We must know the difference between knowing the theory, and actually know how to do it. There’s a big difference. And the only way to know how to do the latter is by practicing!!
There are plenty of videos of our coaching sessions where we teach how to use the Crutches properly. The online course also demonstrates them, and of course, on the coaching sessions we will be more than happy to make sure you know how to use them.
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