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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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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

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

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

  • Our expectations influence our behaviors.

  • The behavior causes our expectations to come true.

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

The thoughts or silent inner voice in our heads

Negative Thoughts

  • Can be toxic to the body

  • Can cause biochemical changes that lead to depression

Positive Thoughts

  • Build good self-esteem

  • Help us to become confident in our abilities

  • 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

  • Start with “I”

  • Include your name

  • 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

  • Monitor your thoughts. Are they positive or negative?

  • When you notice a negative thought, imagine rewinding a tape and recording a new positive message.

Visualize Your Success

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 example:

In building a house we

Create a blueprint or plan

Then we build the house

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

  • Believing that you can besuccessful helps you to besuccessful.

  • Hopeful students are moresuccessful.

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?

I should.

I might.

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:



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:

  • What we think is important

  • What we feel is right and good

Where do we get our values?

Values come from:

  • Parents

  • Friends

  • Culture

  • Church

  • Media

  • Society

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

Some samples

Steps to Happiness

  • Express gratitude.

  • Cultivate optimism.

  • Avoid over thinking and social comparison.

  • Practice acts of kindness.

  • Increase flow activities.

Steps to Happiness

  • Savor life’s joys

  • Commit to accomplishing your goals

  • Take care of your body

Secrets to HappinessMartin Seligman

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

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%)

What are some examples of factors under your voluntary control?

Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

Steven Covey

Be Proactive

Accept responsibility for your life.

Begin with the end in mind.

  • Know what is important.

  • What do you want to accomplish in your life?

Put first things first.

Set priorities.

Think win-win.

  • Seek solutions that benefit everyone.

  • Focus on cooperation rather than competition.

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.

Invest time in yourself to stay healthy:





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.

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

More 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 Happiness

  • Happiness depends less on things than on our attitude toward the things we have.

  • 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.

Reduce stress.

Close relationships are important.

If you don’t do anythingelse in life, love someoneand 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.

  • Smiling produces serotonin 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

Grand Essentials of Life

Grand Essentials of Life

  • Something to do (that you like)

Grand Essentials of Life

  • Something to do (that you like)

  • Someone to love

Grand Essentials of Life

  • Something to do (that you like)

  • Someone to love

  • Something to hope for

Use thetools in this book to createyour 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?

Place these in the envelope:Visualize Your SuccessHappiness Is . . . .Intentions for the FuturePut your name and address on it.

Turn In:LetterCourse Evaluation

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.

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