Stinkin' Thinkin': Today's Resiliency Play of the Day

Apr 27, 2020

Today’s Resiliency Play of the Day from the Ripken Playbook will help you to stop thinking and acting negatively towards yourself and others, and help you to boost your self-esteem and be more resilient!

Key Words

Resilience -- the ability to recover after something bad happens.
Stinkin’ Thinkin’ -- a phrase referring to when you think or speak negatively about yourself or others.
Self-Esteem -- how you think about yourself; your self-confidence.

Resilience in Action


  • Blank paper
  • Pen or pencil

Let's Begin!

  1. In your own words define:
    1. Resilience 
    2. Stinkin’ Thinkin’ 
    3. Self-Esteem 
  2. List three times you have engaged in Stinkin’ Thinkin’ in response to a stressful or challenging situation.
  3. Think about each Stinkin’ Thinkin’ example you listed above. Now, write how you could have acted more positively in each situation. Could you have acted with more resilience? Would it have improved your self-esteem or the self-esteem of others? 
  4. Write three ways you can try to avoid Stinkin’ Thinkin’ in the future. Discuss your strategy with a parent or friend! 

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