Counselor Reflection: The Power of Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmation cards remind students that they are amazing people capable of great things.

The following guest blog is written by Nicole, one of the Licensed Professional Counselors at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Today is going to be a good day!

That is just one of the positive affirmations I teach the girls I counsel. Sometimes we become stuck in negative self-talk, worries and doubt. Reframing our thoughts with positive affirmations is a great way change our mindset for the better.

For example, repeating the mantra, “I can do this!” before a test or big game instills optimism and gives kids (and adults alike) the conviction to move forward with confidence.

On the other hand, letting ourselves wallow in negative self-talk not only effects our mind, but also our body and physical condition.

“I am stupid.”

“No one likes me.”

“I can’t do this.”

Those kinds of repetitive and negative thoughts cause narrowed thinking, lack of motivation, reduced productivity and consumes mental energy.

A St. Joseph’s students holds up a positive affirmation card that reads, “I like to learn new things.”

Positive affirmation cards are tools easily utilized for students at St. Joseph’s Indian School. They simply flip through the cards and read each aloud or internally. Or, they can choose one specific affirmation and repeat it over and over. This pushes the negative thought from their mind and helps them focus on the good — essentially turning the moment around.

All added together, more positive moments turn into a better day … And better days turn into happier lives.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

3 thoughts on “Counselor Reflection: The Power of Positive Affirmations”

  1. What a wonderful idea, we could all use these cards. What with the pandemic and not being to talk with people has us left all of us with negative thoughts of ourselves; as we sat around in our p.j’s, because we didn’t have to go to work our school, we became lazy. Maybe we would not take a shower, brush our teeth, we weren’t going anywhere or seeing anyone, nobody was going to see us. Now these are habits we must all change as people will be seeing us and we will see them; and we want positive messages coming from us, not negative

  2. I am a senior citizen an I have been sending support for the past few years as I could. But I apologize this is the first time I have been to your website. It will not be the last, why now because today I received more of your gifts but especially an invitation to come and pray. Important because I love the Lord very much, am happy to pray for your efforts with these beautiful children.

  3. Thank you for your wonderful report. Keep them coming, that is the reason I am happy to support several Native American schools. May you have many, many more very successful students and GOD BLESS you and yours.

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