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In this video clip from the ‘Think Like a STAR’ podcast, Major League Baseball All-Star Shea Hillenbrand shares his own experience of telling himself a negative story that had profound negative consequences. He emphasizes the power of change and transforming your self-story.

Telling yourself a positive self-story is a powerful tool that can transform your life. Here are five reasons why embracing a positive self-story is essential:

  1. Enhancing Self-Confidence: By focusing on positive aspects of yourself, your capabilities, and past accomplishments, you boost self-confidence and develop a strong belief in your abilities.
  2. Shaping Your Identity: The self-story you tell yourself influences your self-image and how you perceive yourself. A positive self-story helps you build a resilient self-identity that supports personal growth.
  3. Motivation and Resilience: A positive self-story fuels motivation and resilience, enabling you to persevere in the face of challenges and setbacks. It strengthens your ability to bounce back and maintain a growth mindset.
  4. Overcoming Self-Limiting Beliefs: Positive self-stories challenge self-limiting beliefs and negative self-talk that hold you back. They enable you to break free from the restrictions of self-doubt and pursue your goals without fear.
  5. Attracting Positive Experiences: When you affirm positive qualities and possibilities, you become more open to opportunities, connections, and experiences that align with your self-story. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy leading to positive outcomes.
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To help your teenager develop a positive self-story, here are five practical tips for parents:

  1. Encourage Self-Reflection: Prompt your teen to reflect on their strengths, achievements, and positive qualities. Engage them in conversations about their interests, passions, and aspirations, highlighting their unique talents.
  2. Model Positive Self-Talk: Be mindful of your own self-talk and how you speak about yourself. Model positive self-affirmations, reframing challenges as opportunities, and expressing confidence in your abilities.
  3. Celebrate Effort and Progress: Focus on the effort rather than solely the outcome. Applaud your teen’s persistence, hard work, and dedication, fostering their belief in their ability to grow and achieve.
  4. Support Personal Development: Encourage your teenager to pursue activities and hobbies that align with their interests and talents. Provide resources, mentorship, and opportunities to nurture their skills and passion areas.
  5. Create a Supportive Environment: Foster a positive and supportive home environment where your teen feels safe to share their thoughts, express themselves, and receive encouragement and validation.

By helping your teenager construct a positive self-story, you provide them with a foundation of confidence, resilience, and self-belief. Remember, change can happen in an instant, and by incorporating these practical tips, you can start supporting your teen’s journey towards a more positive and successful life.

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