Activity: Positive Self-Talk

Unlock the transformative power to control thinking patterns, foster self-confidence, and embrace a positive self-view. In the words of Russ Kyle, “Watch what you tell yourself; you’re likely to believe it.” These words beautifully align with the essence of the ‘Activity: Positive Self-Talk,’ which aims to illuminate the profound connection between our internal narratives and beliefs.

Through this empowering exercise, participants gain insights into the influential role of self-dialogue, realizing that the stories we tell ourselves significantly impact our beliefs, actions, and overall well-being. Ready to embark on this journey of self-discovery and empowerment? Let’s rewrite your story together.

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 Reports
  • 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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