News from the Principal’s Desk
February 11, 2019
Thoughts for the Week
“Self-talk includes lots of automatic thoughts that we’ve reinforced over the years by paying attention to them and attaching importance.”
Automatic thoughts can derail us from having our best days. A few weeks ago we talked about the idea of being in control of our thoughts and feelings and no one person or situation can “make” us feel upset – we have to do this all on our own! When we give up control, we attach importance to thoughts that may NOT be truly important. We may be finding and focusing on thoughts that really don’t matter, but come to us automatically. As adults, we know this can happen and cause us undo angst and frustration in a day and make us less productive than we would ordinarily be. And, as adults, we can generally get ourselves back on track and find and focus on what matters and create self-talk that is positive and productive.
What about our children and our students here at Madeira Middle School? You have heard me say (or read it here) that we consistently ask students, “Who (or what) can you control?” The correct answer to this is, “myself” or “my actions” or in this case, “my thoughts.” We need to continue to ask this of