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1 Looking Toward the Future

2 Thinking Positively About Your Life and Your Future

3 Powerful Tools for Success n Optimism n Hope n Future-Mindedness

4 Beliefs: Personal opinions about yourself, your life and the world around you

5 The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy n Our expectations influence our behaviors n The behavior causes our expectations to come true

6 For Example n If I believe I am not good in math, I may not do the assignment or may even avoid taking math n If I believe I can be good in math, I can take the steps needed to be successful

7 Robert Rosenthal n Did experiments on the “self-fulfilling prophecy” n Animals n School children n Positive expectations led to positive outcomes

8 Positive Self-Talk n The thoughts or silent inner voice in our heads

9 Negative Thoughts n Can be toxic to the body n Can cause biochemical changes that lead to depression

10 Positive Thoughts n Build good self-esteem n Help us to become confident in our abilities n Help us to achieve our life goals

11 Pretend you had 3 wishes. What would they be?

12 Using your wishes, write 3 affirmation statements.

13 Affirmation Statements n Start with “I” n Include your name n Are written in the present tense

14 For example: I, Marsha, am relaxed. I, Marsha, am healthy.

15 Share one of your affirmation statements with the class.

16 Guidelines for Increasing Positive Thoughts n Monitor your thoughts. Are they positive or negative? n When you notice a negative thought, imagine rewinding a tape and recording a new positive message.

17 Guidelines for Increasing Positive Thoughts n Start the positive message with “I” and use the present tense n Make your affirmation stronger by visualizing what you want to achieve n Repeat positive thoughts to yourself until they become a habit

18 Visualize Your Success

19 Athletes Use Visualization n A good way to practice n Helps you to pre-experience events in your mind n For example, pole vaulters imagine the perfect jump before they make it

20 Visualization n We create all things twice n Make a mental picture n Create the physical reality by taking action

21 For example: n In building a house we n Create a blueprint or plan n Then we build the house

22 As a college student: n Visualize yourself in your cap and gown walking across the stage to receive your diploma

23 Exercise: Visualize Your Success Draw a picture, make a list or write some sentences. Share with the class

24 Hope for the Best n Believing that you can be successful helps you to be successful n Hopeful students are more successful

25 Words are powerful

26 Ladder of Powerful Speaking

27 For example, if I loan you the money, will you pay it back?

28 I should pay it back.

29 I might pay it back.

30 I want to pay it back.

31 I intend to pay it back.

32 I promise to pay it back.

33 Will you marry me and be true to me?

34 I should.

35 I might.

36 You know, I really want to.

37 I intend to.

38 Yes, I do. I promise.

39 Will you finish your career paper on time? Be careful about the language you use.

40 Life is a Dangerous Opportunity

41 The Chinese Word for Crisis Has Two Characters: n Danger n Opportunity

42 What is the danger? What is the opportunity?

43 Every adversity has the seed of a greater benefit or possibility.

44 What Are Your Values?

45 Values are: n What we think is important n What we feel is right and good

46 Where do we get our values?

47 Values come from: n Parents n Friends n Culture n Church n Media n Society

48 Assignment: My Personal Coat of Arms n What your like about yourself n Your greatest achievement n Your most prized possession n What you value most in life n A symbol of your personality n Three words to be remembered by

49 Some samples

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54 Steps to Happiness n Express gratitude n Cultivate optimism n Avoid over thinking and social comparison n Practice acts of kindness n Increase flow activities

55 Steps to Happiness n Savor life’s joys n Commit to accomplishing your goals n Take care of your body

56 Secrets to Happiness Martin Seligman n Identifying, cultivating, and using your personal strengths in work, love, play, and parenting

57 Happiness = S + C + V n S is your set range (50% of happiness is determined by heredity) n C is your circumstance (8-15 % of happiness) n V is what is under your voluntary control (40%)

58 What are some examples of factors under your voluntary control?

59 Seven Habits of Highly Successful People n Steven Covey

60 Be Proactive n Accept responsibility for your life

61 Begin with the end in mind n Know what is important n What do you want to accomplish in your life?

62 Put first things first n Set priorities

63 Think win-win n Seek solutions that benefit everyone n Focus on cooperation rather than competition

64 First seek to understand. Then be understood. n Listening is the first step in effective communication

65 Synergize n The whole is greater than the sum of its parts n Working together as a team, you can accomplish more than each member can accomplish separately

66 Sharpen the saw n Invest time in yourself to stay healthy: n Physically n Mentally n Spiritually n Socially

67 Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs n Believe that you can make a difference in the world and inspire others to do the same n From The 8 th Habit, From Effectiveness to Greatness by Steven Covey

68 More Secrets to Happiness

69 Secrets to Happiness n Happiness can’t be bought n Happiness is more internal than external n Happiness is not determined by age, race, gender or income n Happiness won’t arrive in the Publisher’s Clearinghouse envelope

70 Secrets to Happiness n Happiness depends less on things than on our attitude toward the things we have n Happiness is a ‘hookable” habit

71 Make a decision to choose happiness

72 Find small things that make you happy and sprinkle your life with them.

73 Laugh more. Laughter produces a relaxation response.

74 A good joke beats a pill for a lot of ailments.

75 Learn to think like an optimist. Assume you will succeed.

76 Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

77 Do things that use your skills.

78 Fill your life with things you like to do. Remember the 20 things you like to do?

79 Get enough rest.

80 Exercise to feel good and to cope with anxiety.

81 There are no substitutes for fresh air, sunshine and exercise.

82 Reduce stress.

83 Close relationships are important.

84 If you don’t do anything else in life, love someone and let someone love you.

85 Keep things in perspective. Will it matter 10 years from now?

86 Exercise: Happiness Is.... Share Your Ideas

87 Learn to Laugh at Life

88 Have a laugh at life and look around for happiness instead of sadness. -- Red Skelton

89 The physical act of smiling makes you feel happier.

90 If you do not feel happy, smile and pretend to be happy. n Smiling produces seratonin which is a neurotransmitter linked with feelings of happiness

91 So, smile and be happy. Use your creativity to make some positive changes in your life.

92 Keys to Success: You Are What You Think

93 What we believe is true, comes true. What we believe is possible, becomes possible. -- Henry Ford

94 Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Frank Outlaw Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Frank Outlaw

95 Grand Essentials of Life

96 n Something to do (that you like)

97 Grand Essentials of Life n Something to do (that you like) n Someone to love

98 Grand Essentials of Life n Something to do (that you like) n Someone to love n Something to hope for

99 Use the tools in this book to create your success.

100 This is not the end of the course but a new beginning.

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102 Review the Keys to Success in this book. What is your favorite one and why?

103 Measure Your Success n Complete the exercise. n Pick up the one you did the first day of class. n Compare your results. Is your score higher? n Staple the two exercises together and hand them in.

104 Place these in the envelope: Visualize Your Success Happiness Is.... Intentions for the Future Put your name and address on it.

105 Turn In: Letter Course Evaluation


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