I’ve always wanted to tackle the issue of self-talk as a powerful way to reprogram our subconscious. For this project, I started tracking my self-confidence for a week.
What is Self-Talk?
Based on the book “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself”, Self-talk is a way to override our existing programming by replacing it with conscious, positive new directions. This also transpired after a week I have decided to track my confidence level, why and what I did about it.
Tracking Self-Confidence (Week of 2/27)
|TIME AND DATE||LOCATION||SCORE||WHY||THOUGHTS||RESOLVE|
|2018-02-27||HOME||2||Failing to keep up with work for UX class||defeat||Read Designing for Growth Book|
|2018-02-28||HOME||3||Starting to feel better, installed Alexa at home and summoned to play music. Cool stuff!||starting something pays off||Using Woebot on messenger|
|2018-03-01||CAFE||4||Excited for this weekend’s events! Going to a concert||i need to rest!!||Reward! No work tonight|
|2018-03-02||ITP||5||2/3 final project done!!! I can sleep tonight!||ITP community is awesome||Listen to Lauryn Hill ALL DAY!|
|2018-03-03||CAFE||4||Somehow, I realize I don’t need more time, I just need focus and a jolt of creativity||Dressing up helps in feeling good||Watched video of Anil Dash “The Web We Lost”|
Users need a way to reprogram their way of thinking as they go about their daily lives.
HOW MIGHT WE: What if we could reprogram our brains in such a way that we could have a double the amount of self-confidence and twice the amount of belief in the outcome?
Annie, 29, Brooklyn, NY
Looking for an intervention about the way I view things and boost my self-confidence.
Annie has been working as a finance associate for 5 years and switched careers from finance to tech. Annie started to work at an Impact Investing firm, and she felt out of place and finds herself self-conscious, being the only female engineer in a team of men. She’s looking for resources to boost her self confidence. She found a book like “What to Say When I talk to Myself” but has no time; She’s in need of a more practical approach to coaching.
PROPOSAL: Feminist Self-Talk Bot: The Idea that transpired from tracking self-confidence
This self-confidence tracker was a gift that keeps giving! Alter Iggy was born.
As an intervention tool, I started working on an Alexa skill that reinvents the method of Positive Self-Talk.
If you have a hiphop singer, feminist bot as a bestfriend, what do you want to ask her? Using the empowering messages of the rap lyrics of Lauryn Hill, Alter Iggy is designed to learn positive self-talk.
I’ve documented 2 very basic dialog flow intents below that I was able to publish on my Amazon Echo: