Positive Talk

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Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Recently our class has been tackling an issue that hits close to the heart: self esteem.

One of my students came to me the other day saying she just couldn’t do it; she was never going to do be able to do it; she wasn’t good enough to do it.  “Yeah, whatever Mrs. B. I say that because it’s true and just because I don’t say it doesn’t mean it’s not true. … ”

We started a positive-talk challenge.  It’s been about three weeks now. Students aren’t allowed to say, “I can’t” or “I’m just stupid” or things along those lines.  Instead they say positive statements and celebrate the every small success.  They have come along side each other in a whole new way.

One of my 8th graders said he’s been telling himself positive things for a year now and it has made him a more confident person.

I have banned this in my own life. I’m not allowed to joke that I’m stupid and I try not allow myself to think it. It has pushed me to do more recently than I thought was possible.

Here are some of my self-positive talks:
“I can do it.”
“I’m smart enough.”
“I have good ideas.”
“I am good at what you do. ”
“I am a treasure.”

 

Do you secretly talk down about yourself?  How do you positive self-talk?

 

p.s. You’re great and I’m proud of you!

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Fighting the Winter (lazy) Blues

That ice cream reeled you in, did it? Ditto, my friend.  Ditto.

When growing older there are so many life changes that are expected… responsibilities, a slower metabolism, some reading glasses…  But what I didn’t expect was having to tell myself what to do and making myself do it.  As trivial as it sounds, I just don’t want to do some things!

This weekend my to do list got out of control and I had to do something about it.  So I did what any grown woman would do… I made a list and gave myself a reward when it was completed.

To Do List:
-check all of my students tests
-send out a bunch of emails (parents, students, bible study)
-do the dishes!

Reward:
*my new favorite pen (Pentel 0.5, and a matching one for my husband)
*ice cream (yesssss)

I sweet friend of mine and I were talking about making lists on sticky notes and how motivating and satisfying it is to crumple up the sticky when the task is completed.

What are your secret or silly rewards to help you complete your un-fun tasks?