Do you ever talk to yourself? Be honest! If you find yourself answering my question then I have news for you, you’re talking to yourself right now! Psychologists call it “self-talk” and they say how we do it has a huge impact on our mood and our behavior. Self-talk is your little inner-voice and it happens without you even knowing it. It might be little, but it’s powerful! There are two kinds of self-talk, negative and positive. How it works is simple, if we tell the brain something over and over again, the brain begins to accept it as a fact. For example, our students have the option to tell themselves that they are either creative or have no creativity. Pretty powerful stuff right? Keep in mind self-talk isn’t only for students, we have it too! It is important that we teach our students how to improve and manage their self-talk.
Actions to encourage positive self-talk:
Listen to what you’re saying – the first step to creating positive self-talk is to actually hear what your inner voice is saying. I suggest you write it down and read it out loud.
Ask yourself if what you’re saying is helping or hurting you.
Challenge your self-talk – positive self-talk must always be performed in the personal tense, the present tense and with enthusiasm.
There are many ways that we can help teach students to manage their self-talk, whether it be starting your day off with a positive day pep rally, having students share something positive that they accomplished from the previous day or by having them share a positive affirmation.
Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team, where she currently serves as an Academic Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative trainings that not only inspire, but empower educators/trainers to create the most effective learning environments for their students.