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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

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

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 be?

  • Start with “I”

  • Include your name

  • Are written in the present tense

For example i marsha am relaxed i marsha am healthy
For example: be?I, Marsha, am relaxed.I, Marsha, am healthy.

Guidelines for increasing positive thoughts
Guidelines for Increasing Positive Thoughts be?

  • 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 be?

  • 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

Visualization be?

We create all things twice.

Make a mental picture.

Create the physical reality by taking action.

For example1
For example: be?

In building a house we

Create a blueprint or plan

Then we build the house

As a college student
As a college student: be?

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

Thinking positively about the future
Exercise: be?Visualize Your SuccessDraw a picture, make a list or write some sentences. Share with the class

Hope for the best
Hope for the Best be?

  • Believing that you can besuccessful helps you to besuccessful.

  • Hopeful students are moresuccessful.

Life is a dangerous opportunity
Life is a Dangerous Opportunity the language you use.

The chinese word for crisis has two characters
The Chinese Word for Crisis Has Two Characters: the language you use.



What is the danger what is the opportunity
What is the danger? the language you use. What is the opportunity?

What are your values
What Are Your Values? possibility.

Values are
Values are: possibility.

  • What we think is important

  • What we feel is right and good

Values come from
Values come from: possibility.

  • Parents

  • Friends

  • Culture

  • Church

  • Media

  • Society

Assignment my personal coat of arms
Assignment: possibility.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
Some samples possibility.

Steps to happiness
Steps to Happiness possibility.

  • Express gratitude.

  • Cultivate optimism.

  • Avoid over thinking and social comparison.

  • Practice acts of kindness.

  • Increase flow activities.

Steps to happiness1
Steps to Happiness possibility.

  • Savor life’s joys

  • Commit to accomplishing your goals

  • Take care of your body

Secrets to happiness martin seligman
Secrets to Happiness possibility.Martin 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 possibility.

  • 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 control?

Accept responsibility for your life.

Begin with the end in mind
Begin with the end in mind. control?

  • Know what is important.

  • What do you want to accomplish in your life?

Put first things first
Put first things first. control?

Set priorities.

Think win win
Think win-win. control?

  • 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. control?

Listening is the first step in effective communication.

Synergize. control?

  • 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. control?

Invest time in yourself to stay healthy:





Begin with the end in mind1
Begin with the end in mind control?

  • 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. control?

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 control?

  • 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 control?

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

  • Happiness is a ‘hookable” habit.

Get enough rest
Get enough rest. things you like to do?

Reduce stress
Reduce stress. exercise.

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

Exercise happiness is share your ideas
Exercise: now?Happiness Is . . . .Share Your Ideas

If you do not feel happy smile and pretend to be happy
If you do not feel happy, smile and pretend to be happy. of sadness.

  • Smiling produces serotonin which is a neurotransmitter linked with feelings of happiness

Keys to success you are what you think
Keys to Success: positive changes in your lifeYou Are What You Think

What we believe is true comes true what we believe is possible becomes possible henry ford
What we believe is true, comes true. positive changes in your lifeWhat we believe is possible, becomes possible. --Henry Ford

Thinking positively about the future

Watch your thoughts; positive changes in your life 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 positive changes in your life

Grand essentials of life1
Grand Essentials of Life positive changes in your life

  • Something to do (that you like)

Grand essentials of life2
Grand Essentials of Life positive changes in your life

  • Something to do (that you like)

  • Someone to love

Grand essentials of life3
Grand Essentials of Life positive changes in your life

  • Something to do (that you like)

  • Someone to love

  • Something to hope for

Use the tools in this book to create your success
Use the positive changes in your lifetools in this book to createyour success.

Thinking positively about the future

CONGRATULATIONS positive changes in your life



Thinking positively about the future
Place these in the envelope: favorite one and why?Visualize Your SuccessHappiness Is . . . .Intentions for the FuturePut your name and address on it.

Turn in letter course evaluation
Turn In: favorite one and why?LetterCourse Evaluation

Measure your success
Measure Your Success favorite one and why?

  • 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.