I’m sure you have seen a sporting event where the coach is directing or coaching players, often yelling. Did you know that we can be our own coach? We all need a support system, but when it’s just us and our thoughts, it’s important that we encourage ourselves or coach ourselves up. Positive self-talk is the phrase that counselors use, but it is simply coaching ourselves in a positive way.

There are many times throughout life when we have been in tough spots such as first learning to tie our shoes. Sure, we had encouragement from others, but it also took some belief and coaching of ourselves to accomplish the task. Next time you are struggling or in a challenging area, be a coach and tell yourself good things like, “I’ve got this; God is always with me; I’ve handled tough situations before; and/or I can do my best!”