Do you know what ‘self-talk’ is? It is the things you say to yourself when you are talking silently to yourself. There are 2 kinds of self-talk. There is positive self-talk and negative self-talk. When you say something like “I can do this. I can succeed,” you are self-talking in a positive way. When you say something like, “I can’t do this or I am a failure,” you are self-talking in a negative way!
When I was a child, my parents gave me a book entitled “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper. My mother read that book to me many times. I loved it! It is the story of a little train that was filled with toys and good food to bring to good little boys and girls on ‘the other side of the mountain.’ The little train lost its engine and it couldn’t get to the other side of the mountain to deliver its supply of toys and food to the children. The little train begged help from other engines but every engine had a reason not to help. One engine was too important to help a little train. One engine was too old to help. One engine was too tired to help. Finally the little train found a small blue engine that wanted to help. She was a little blue engine who had never been to the top of the mountain. She didn’t know if she could get to the other side of the mountain but she said over and over again, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” And guess what?” She talked herself into getting to the other side. She kept saying to herself, “I think I can. I think I can.” She kept saying, “I think I can,” until she did it and then she proclaimed, “I thought I could. I thought I could!”
This little book has instilled in millions of children their first lesson in positive self talk.
When I got up this morning, I wanted to write a blog on positive self-talk.
And now I want to encourage you, Dear Friends, to start believing “I think I can. I think I can,” until you can say, “I thought I could. I thought I could.”
Until next time, I remain, with love,
Your friend Hope