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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can

My motto for life was set at the age of four from a children’s book called the Little Engine that Could. It was one of my childhood favorites and my mom, dad, grandmothers and my cousin Charles Haigh probably read it to me a total of over 100 times.

When things got hard, my mind would chant, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Not just as a child but as a young adult although the words themselves may have changed depending on the challenge.

The story is all about determination, perseverance, pushing oneself outside of a comfort zone and the power of telling yourself you can even before you know you can.

After Charles died by suicide, I used a version of this phrase. When considering whether I would forgive myself, I used a version of this phrase. And as I wrote my book, I did the same. And as a result, I have survived.

In case, you haven’t heard the story, it’s below.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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