The power of positive self-talk

Is your inner voice positive or negative? What thoughts dominate your mind when you sit down to study?

Positive self talk is very important when it comes to your success in college. If you are always telling yourself that you won’t do well, eventually, you will start to believe that.

It may seem simplistic, but make sure you are thinking positive about what you are studying. Make sure you have confidence that you can get the good grades you want to achieve in your studies. But don’t ever get down on yourself if you get a bad grade. A bad grade (or a good grade) should not define you. Perhaps a not so great grade is sending you a message that you need to try to study a little bit harder. And if you tried as hard as you possibly could, but still did not get the desired grade, you can take pride in the fact that you tried very hard.

Getting an undesirable grade could also mean that instead of continuing with the way you studied, maybe you need to make some changes in your study habits so that you are better able to grasp the material. Never get discouraged though, keep trying, keep making adjustments if needed, and your hard work will pay off.

Research confirms how powerful your thoughts can be. Take a look at this short video to better understand this idea:

When in doubt, keep telling yourself you CAN do well, even if it’s in a subject that you think you’re not that great at. Here are some examples of positive affirmations you can use to develop a positive attitude towards learning and the good habit of positive self-talk.

Positive self-talk poster

[Poster developed by teachers from Fieldcrest Elementary School [Bradford, ON, CA]. Source:]