Keys to Character Fairness Responsibility Citizenship Trustworthiness Caring Respectfulness
Keys to Character Paying attention to these factors builds strong character, self-concept, and self-esteem.
Self-Concept Also known as self-image The mental picture you have of who you are, and the way you think others see you Shaped and influenced by comments about you from family, friends, other people in your life, and even yourself Positive comments are more likely to lead to a positive self-concept, while negative comments are more likely to lead to a negative self-concept
Self-Esteem The confidence you feel about yourself A positive self-concept is related to high self-esteem High self-esteem means feeling good about yourself, believing you can be successful, and having the confidence to try new things
When do you feel most confident about yourself?
Avoid Comparisons Comparing yourself to others does not help you succeed in school or in life. Each of you has unique strengths, special qualities, and things you do well! Concentrate on doing your best without comparing yourself to friends, siblings, or peers.
Building Confidenceand Boosting Self-Esteem Maintain a positive and realistic outlook Talk positively to yourself – “I can do this” Focus on your strengths – concentrate on what you do well Seek support – spend time with positive and supportive people Address weaknesses – life is about making mistakes and learning from them
Learning Activity: Achievement Timelineand Autobiography Part 1: Create a timeline displaying past achievements that have helped you to build confidence and boost your self-esteem. New job? Made the team? Helped a friend in need? Honor roll? Made a good decision? Babysat for 3 days w/o pay! August, 2010 July, 2010 Ran my first 5K! 2005, 2006 Graduated College!
Learning Activity: Achievement Timelineand Autobiography Part 2:Write a short autobiography that describes at least 3 of the events on your timeline. Guiding Question: How did each of those events give you a sense of pride and help to build yourconfidence?