Updated: Apr 28
Research shows that believing in yourself is a physiological process that impacts your brain circuitry. Believing in yourself means taking control of your thoughts and feelings, having faith in your abilities, having confidence to take action. When kids believe in themselves, they learn to chart their own lives. Believing in one’s ability to improve is an example of a growth mindset.
Some quotes that reflect this definition follow:
“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” E.E. Cummings
“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” Thomas Edison
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” Brene Brown
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” Dr. Benjamin Spock
“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
In Mission:CONTROL!, after Joseph’s mom supported him through his big feelings, he began to see the possibilities inside himself, he began to believe in himself, he could picture himself being his better self, he could imagine reaching for the stars and overcoming challenges.
How you communicate, foster curiosity, value differences, support challenges, hold them accountable, solve problems, encourage creativity and have fun are some of the ways that you can positively influence children’s belief in themselves.
Steps to take
Small step: What belief about yourself could you dust off and examine anew? What quote inspires you to think again about how you see yourself?
Advanced step: Decide on a quote or a strategy to focus on that will help your child’s self-belief? Can you pull out the art supplies and blank paper and create together, maybe even create a vision of how you want to see yourself in the future.
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