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Looking Toward the Future
Thinking Positively About Your Life and Your Future
Powerful Tools for Success n Optimism n Hope n Future-Mindedness
Beliefs: Personal opinions about yourself, your life and the world around you
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy n Our expectations influence our behaviors n The behavior causes our expectations to come true
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
Robert Rosenthal n Did experiments on the “self-fulfilling prophecy” n Animals n School children n Positive expectations led to positive outcomes
Positive Self-Talk n The thoughts or silent inner voice in our heads
Negative Thoughts n Can be toxic to the body n Can cause biochemical changes that lead to depression
Positive Thoughts n Build good self-esteem n Help us to become confident in our abilities n Help us to achieve our life goals
Pretend you had 3 wishes. What would they be?
Using your wishes, write 3 affirmation statements.
Affirmation Statements n Start with “I” n Include your name n Are written in the present tense
For example: I, Marsha, am relaxed. I, Marsha, am healthy.
Share one of your affirmation statements with the class.
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.
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
Visualize Your Success
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
Visualization n We create all things twice n Make a mental picture n Create the physical reality by taking action
For example: n In building a house we n Create a blueprint or plan n Then we build the house
As a college student: n Visualize yourself in your cap and gown walking across the stage to receive your diploma
Exercise: Visualize Your Success Draw a picture, make a list or write some sentences. Share with the class
Hope for the Best n Believing that you can be successful helps you to be successful n Hopeful students are more successful
Words are powerful
Ladder of Powerful Speaking
For example, if I loan you the money, will you pay it back?
I should pay it back.
I might pay it back.
I want to pay it back.
I intend to pay it back.
I promise to pay it back.
Will you marry me and be true to me?
You know, I really want to.
I intend to.
Yes, I do. I promise.
Will you finish your career paper on time? Be careful about the language you use.
Life is a Dangerous Opportunity
The Chinese Word for Crisis Has Two Characters: n Danger n Opportunity
What is the danger? What is the opportunity?
Every adversity has the seed of a greater benefit or possibility.
What Are Your Values?
Values are: n What we think is important n What we feel is right and good
Where do we get our values?
Values come from: n Parents n Friends n Culture n Church n Media n Society
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
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
Steps to Happiness n Savor life’s joys n Commit to accomplishing your goals n Take care of your body
Secrets to Happiness Martin Seligman n Identifying, cultivating, and using your personal strengths in work, love, play, and parenting
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%)
What are some examples of factors under your voluntary control?
Seven Habits of Highly Successful People n Steven Covey
Be Proactive n Accept responsibility for your life
Begin with the end in mind n Know what is important n What do you want to accomplish in your life?
Put first things first n Set priorities
Think win-win n Seek solutions that benefit everyone n Focus on cooperation rather than competition
First seek to understand. Then be understood. n Listening is the first step in effective communication
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
Sharpen the saw n Invest time in yourself to stay healthy: n Physically n Mentally n Spiritually n Socially
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
More Secrets to Happiness
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
Secrets to Happiness n Happiness depends less on things than on our attitude toward the things we have n Happiness is a ‘hookable” habit
Make a decision to choose happiness
Find small things that make you happy and sprinkle your life with them.
Laugh more. Laughter produces a relaxation response.
A good joke beats a pill for a lot of ailments.
Learn to think like an optimist. Assume you will succeed.
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Do things that use your skills.
Fill your life with things you like to do. Remember the 20 things you like to do?
Get enough rest.
Exercise to feel good and to cope with anxiety.
There are no substitutes for fresh air, sunshine and exercise.
Close relationships are important.
If you don’t do anything else in life, love someone and let someone love you.
Keep things in perspective. Will it matter 10 years from now?
Exercise: Happiness Is.... Share Your Ideas
Learn to Laugh at Life
Have a laugh at life and look around for happiness instead of sadness. -- Red Skelton
The physical act of smiling makes you feel happier.
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
So, smile and be happy. Use your creativity to make some positive changes in your life.
Keys to Success: You Are What You Think
What we believe is true, comes true. What we believe is possible, becomes possible. -- Henry Ford
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
Grand Essentials of Life
n Something to do (that you like)
Grand Essentials of Life n Something to do (that you like) n Someone to love
Grand Essentials of Life n Something to do (that you like) n Someone to love n Something to hope for
Use the tools in this book to create your success.
This is not the end of the course but a new beginning.
Review the Keys to Success in this book. What is your favorite one and why?
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.
Place these in the envelope: Visualize Your Success Happiness Is.... Intentions for the Future Put your name and address on it.