Our thoughts come into focus as our self-talk becomes conscious. This ability allows us to take responsibility for our thoughts, as we realize that we can choose which thoughts we allow to dwell in our minds. We learn that when we choose to think positive, our self-confidence grows and our thinking shifts from problem-oriented to solution-oriented. Old negative core beliefs break down, and we respond with new behavior rather than acting in old, habitual ways. When we are no longer victims, we can respond rather than react because we think before we speak or act.