Positive Self Talk

The Goal: The purpose of this exercise is to teach students to control their thinking patterns and view themselves in a positive light.


RAMP (ASCA) Mindset & Behaviors addressed and developed: Career: Empathy; Teamwork.  Social/Emotional: Self-Confidence; Positive Attitude; Perseverance; Sense of Belonging; Coping Skills; Results Orientation; Self Motivation / Self Direction.


  • Circle of chairs
  • Indigo Report
  • Pencil and paper

Step 1: Ask students to think of an example of negative self-talk they tell themselves frequently.

Step 2: Pair students up and have them tell their partner something they like about who they are. 

Use the Summary Page in the Indigo Report and look at Strengths and Value to a Team to help reinforce positive self talk.

Step 3: Have students practice the exercise on their own. In the next session, ask students to share stories about how positive self talk affected their week.

Note: Instead of a student telling himself “I’m too fat”, we want to reinforce “I’m a great listener, and I make people laugh.”

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