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Thinking Positively about the Future. Chapter 8 . Powerful Tools for Success. Optimism Hope Future-Mindedness. Beliefs: Personal opinions about yourself, your life and the world around you. Believe in Yourself.

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powerful tools for success
Powerful Tools for Success
  • Optimism
  • Hope
  • Future-Mindedness
believe in yourself
Believe in Yourself

If we have positive beliefs about ourselves, we will feel confident and accomplish our life goals.

the self fulfilling prophecy
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
  • Our expectations influence our behaviors.
  • The behavior causes our expectations to come true.
for example
For Example
  • If I believe I am not good in math, I may not do the assignment or may even avoid taking math.
  • If I believe I can be good in math, I can take the steps needed to be successful.
positive self talk
Positive Self-Talk

The thoughts or silent inner voice in our heads

negative thoughts
Negative Thoughts
  • Can be toxic to the body
  • Can cause biochemical changes that lead to depression
positive thoughts
Positive Thoughts
  • Build good self-esteem
  • Help us to become confident in our abilities
  • Help us to achieve our life goals
affirmation statements
Affirmation Statements
  • Start with “I”
  • Include your name
  • Are written in the present tense
guidelines for increasing positive thoughts
Guidelines for Increasing Positive Thoughts
  • Monitor your thoughts. Are they positive or negative?
  • When you notice a negative thought, imagine rewinding a tape and recording a new positive message.
athletes use visualization
Athletes Use Visualization
  • A good way to practice
  • Helps you to pre-experience events in your mind
  • For example, pole-vaulters imagine the perfect jump before they make it

We create all things twice.

Make a mental picture.

Create the physical reality by taking action.

for example1
For example:

In building a house we

Create a blueprint or plan

Then we build the house

as a college student
As a college student:

Visualize yourself in your cap and gown walking across the stage to receive your diploma.

Exercise:Visualize Your SuccessDraw a picture, make a list or write some sentences. Share with the class
hope for the best
Hope for the Best
  • Believing that you can besuccessful helps you to besuccessful.
  • Hopeful students are moresuccessful.
values are
Values are:
  • What we think is important
  • What we feel is right and good
values come from
Values come from:
  • Parents
  • Friends
  • Culture
  • Church
  • Media
  • Society
assignment my personal coat of arms
Assignment: My Personal Coat of Arms
  • What your like about yourself
  • Your greatest achievement
  • Your most prized possession
  • What you value most in life
  • A symbol of your personality
  • Three words to be remembered by
steps to happiness
Steps to Happiness
  • Express gratitude.
  • Cultivate optimism.
  • Avoid over thinking and social comparison.
  • Practice acts of kindness.
  • Increase flow activities.
steps to happiness1
Steps to Happiness
  • Savor life’s joys
  • Commit to accomplishing your goals
  • Take care of your body
secrets to happiness martin seligman
Secrets to HappinessMartin Seligman

Achieve happiness by identifying, cultivating, and using your personal strengths in work, love, play, and parenting.

happiness s c v
Happiness = S + C + V
  • S is your set range (50% of happiness is determined by heredity)
  • Cis your circumstance (8-15 % of happiness)
  • V is what is under your voluntary control (40%)
be proactive
Be Proactive

Accept responsibility for your life.

begin with the end in mind
Begin with the end in mind.
  • Know what is important.
  • What do you want to accomplish in your life?
think win win
Think win-win.
  • Seek solutions that benefit everyone.
  • Focus on cooperation rather than competition.
first seek to understand then be understood
First seek to understand. Then be understood.

Listening is the first step in effective communication.

  • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Working together as a team, you can accomplish more than each member can accomplish separately.
sharpen the saw
Sharpen the saw.

Invest time in yourself to stay healthy:





begin with the end in mind1
Begin with the end in mind
  • Know what is important
  • What do you want to accomplish in your life?
find your voice and inspire others to find theirs
Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.

Believe that you can make a difference in the world and inspire others to do the same.


The 8th Habit, From Effectiveness to Greatness by Steven Covey

secrets to happiness
Secrets to Happiness
  • Happiness can’t be bought.
  • Happiness is more internal than external.
  • Happiness is not determined by age, race, gender or income.
  • Happiness won’t arrive in the Publisher’s Clearinghouse envelope.
secrets to happiness1
Secrets to Happiness
  • Happiness depends less on things than on our attitude toward the things we have.
  • Happiness is a ‘hookable” habit.
if you do not feel happy smile and pretend to be happy
If you do not feel happy, smile and pretend to be happy.
  • Smiling produces serotonin which is a neurotransmitter linked with feelings of happiness
what we believe is true comes true what we believe is possible becomes possible henry ford
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

grand essentials of life1
Grand Essentials of Life
  • Something to do (that you like)
grand essentials of life2
Grand Essentials of Life
  • Something to do (that you like)
  • Someone to love
grand essentials of life3
Grand Essentials of Life
  • Something to do (that you like)
  • Someone to love
  • Something to hope for




Place these in the envelope:Visualize Your SuccessHappiness Is . . . .Intentions for the FuturePut your name and address on it.
measure your success
Measure Your Success
  • Complete the exercise.
  • Pick up the one you did the first day of class.
  • Compare your results. Is your score higher?
  • Staple the two exercises together and hand them in.