Our thoughts lead us places which is why we need to be intentional in leading our thoughts. Thought Train will help students to better process and lead their thoughts.

  • Students will learn the power our thoughts have on our mindset and perspective
  • Students will participate in an exercise that’ll help shift their thoughts to be more positive, solution-oriented and optimistic
  • Students will begin developing better habits to have their thoughts lead them to healthier destinations

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Exercise Reminder Card

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Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • Why does the phrase train of thought exist?
  • The better we lead our minds, the better our ____________ will be.
  • What happens if we don’t take control of our thinking?
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At Home

Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.

Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.

  • Question: Why is it important to manage our thoughts?
  • Reflection: Are you happy with the destination your thoughts take you to?
  • Action: Share what you plan to do in the future when you recognize your thoughts are headed down the wrong track.
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Teacher Reflection

Take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your students. 

Are you able to recognize when your thoughts are headed in the wrong direction? Spend some time in thought this week on how you can better lead your thoughts. How can you continue to build a positive mindset?
Special Assignment

Special Assignment

Pair students up and have them brainstorm ideas on what they can do to move from negative thoughts to positive ones. Whether it is at school, at home, or in a club/activity, challenge students to come up with cues/triggers that would help them move their thoughts in a more positive direction. Have students make a note tab on their phones with their list of cues so they can refer to them often.