A few weeks ago we focused on being positive–how’s that going? Yeah, we all need reminders about being positive, especially now that school has started again. A big part of it is to do positive self-talk, which sounds kinda weird, but you basically encourage and give yourself a pep talk. Think about it–you do it for teammates, right? Athletes likeNFL’rs Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, and MLB crusher Aaron Judge all practice positive sports self-talk.
How do you start?
1. Figure out a saying you can repeat–something simple like “I know I can do it”, “God is with me” or “God made me strong” and say it in your head during the day, during practice, any situation.
2. Apply it to times when you get negative–when you’re at school and you are frustrated, or at home and getting crabby with your sister, say to yourself “I’ve been in this situation before, and I know God will give me what I need to get through it”
3. Make a picture in your head about everything going well and turning out great.
So positive thinking is not about you doing it yourself, but remembering that God is with you and that He made you strong enough to deal with things, and it’s really important to make sure you think good about yourself–love yourself as God made you. So don’t forget to do positive self talk anytime you start thinking that you’re not smart, or good at things. Love yourself and think positive.
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.
Song of Solomon 4:7 (NRSV)
Dear Lord, Thank you for loving me. Show me how to love myself and to be kind to myself. Help me to speak kindly and encouragingly to myself and others. Amen.