thoughts become things… keep them beautiful

“Thoughts become things… keep them beautiful,” I told my very timid daughter every morning before I dropped her off at school. Little did I know that this simple phrase would lay the foundation for a life-changing transformation in her and inspire me to embark on different professional paths.

While I wasn’t using complex terminology with her, she was grasping this simple yet solid scientific-based principle. Beautiful, positive, and empowering thoughts trigger the release of neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine in the brain, responsible for feelings of happiness and well-being. Conversely, stressful and negative thoughts can result in the production of cortisol, a stress hormone with detrimental effects on physical and mental health.

Inspired by my daughter’s remarkable transformation and my background as a psychotherapist, I embarked on a journey to develop a comprehensive program and framework designed to empower all children not only with positive thinking tools but with essential life skills that would help them thrive. After all, not everyone needs mental health treatment, but everyone must have emotional literacy. This program encompasses a variety of components, each aimed at nurturing a positive mindset and a sense of purpose.

1. Identifying Goals:

Teaching children to set and pursue goals is a fundamental aspect of personal development. It encourages them to dream big, believe, and work diligently to achieve their aspirations. We equip them with a roadmap to triumph by instilling this habit early in life.

2. Overcoming Fears:

Fears can be paralyzing, preventing individuals from realizing their full potential. We enjoy seeing the transformation in children when we provide them with strategies to confront and conquer their fears. We teach them that fear is a natural emotion that should never hinder their dreams.

3. Affirmations:

Repetition breeds belief. Affirmations are simple, positive statements that individuals repeat to themselves to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. Affirmations can be customized to a child’s age and development stage, making them an effective tool for instilling positivity. Encouraging children to say affirmations daily helps them build self-confidence and belief in their abilities, and learning what makes affirmations work or backfire is of paramount importance. 

4. Silence and Meditation:

In today’s fast-paced world, finding calm amidst chaos is a valuable skill. We introduce children to the practice of silence and meditation, teaching them how to center themselves, reduce stress, and enhance their focus and clarity of thought.

5. Life as a Boomerang:

Our Triumph framework emphasizes that life is a boomerang, and we must be prepared to welcome what we give. What we put out into the world often comes back to us. By teaching children the importance of kindness, compassion, and positive actions, we help them understand the significance of their choices and how they impact their lives and the lives of others.

6. Choosing Good Friends:

The people we surround ourselves with can significantly influence our thoughts and actions. We guide children in recognizing the importance of choosing friends who uplift, inspire, and support them on their journey to personal growth.

7. The Power of Neuroplasticity:

We introduce children to the concept of neuroplasticity, which explains how the brain can adapt and change over time. This knowledge empowers them to understand that they have the ability to shape their own minds and mold their thought patterns.

What began as a transformational journey for my daughter has expanded to include children and adults seeking to enhance their mental well-being and personal development. Our program has gained recognition and approval, offering continuing education credits to mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, lawyers, and other professionals who recognize the value of positive thinking and life skills in their work.

We encourage you, as parents, to join us on this journey of positive awareness. By practicing these principles together as a family, you can bring about incredible transformations in your lives and set yourselves on the path to triumph. The impact of these practices goes far beyond childhood; they are tools for a lifetime of happiness, success, and resilience.

Together, we can empower the next generation with the tools they need to navigate life with confidence, resilience, and a beautiful mindset that will serve them well throughout their lives.

As parents, we all desire to see our children grow up happy, confident, and resilient. We want them to approach life’s challenges with a positive attitude and the belief that they can achieve their dreams. 

Use these tips and empower your children to develop a triumphant mindset, and together, let’s create a brighter future for our children, one where they can thrive and inspire others with their beautiful thoughts turned into reality. Remember, “Thoughts become things… keep them beautiful.”

By Beatriz Martinez-Peñalver, L.M.H.C  Founder, Triumph Steps, Inc