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Chapter 1 Notes 2003

  1. 1. Discovering Your Potential, Learning Actively, & Living Well By: Sherfield, Montgomery, & Moody
  2. 2. What can college do for you?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Grow more self-sufficient and self-confident </li></ul><ul><li>Understand more about the world in which you live </li></ul><ul><li>Become a more involved citizen in social and political issues </li></ul><ul><li>Become more open-minded </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the value of thinking, analyzing, and problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>6) Develop your investigative and research skills </li></ul><ul><li>7) Develop commanding computer and info literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>8) Manage your personal resources such as time and money </li></ul><ul><li>9) Become more proficient of written and oral communication </li></ul><ul><li>10) Grow more understanding and broad-minded about different cultures </li></ul><ul><li>11) Become a lifelong learner </li></ul><ul><li>12) Enter a career field you enjoy </li></ul><ul><li>13) Become more financially independent </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>1) College is a two way street </li></ul><ul><li>2) Freedom is seldom free </li></ul><ul><li>3) You’re in charge here; for every hour spent in class, a minimum of 2 hours could be spent in review and preparation for the next class </li></ul><ul><li>4) will be one of your best friends; get comfortable with technology </li></ul><ul><li>5) An open mind and patience can be two of your best teachers; be open to different viewpoints </li></ul><ul><li>6) This is not high school </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Identify your greatest strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Identify things you need to change in your life </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The most vital steps toward reaching your goal are making a personal commitment to yourself that you believe in and then committing all of your available resources toward the completion of that goal </li></ul><ul><li>SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound) </li></ul><ul><li>Goals need to be adaptable (may need to be adapted to the very changing circumstances of your life) </li></ul><ul><li>Desirable (to attain a difficult goal, you must want it very badly; you could never work toward something just because someone else wants it) </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>1) A goal statement with a target date (SMART) </li></ul><ul><li>2) Action steps (specific actions) </li></ul><ul><li>3) A narrative statement </li></ul><ul><li>4) An ‘I deserve it’ statement </li></ul><ul><li>5) A personal signature </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The narrative statement is about what your goal accomplishment will mean to you and how your life will change when you achieve this goal </li></ul><ul><li>The “I deserve it” statement is key; many people do not follow through on their goals because deep down, they don’t feel they deserve them </li></ul><ul><li>The “I deserver it” statement asks you to consider why you deserve this goal </li></ul><ul><li>Signing your goal statement shows that you are making a personal commitment </li></ul><ul><li>When you have accomplished your goal, you will find that the feeling is somewhat addictive </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Motivation can change your life! </li></ul><ul><li>2 types of motivation: external and internal </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the difference between the two? </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Point 1: Surround yourself with positive, upbeat, happy people </li></ul><ul><li>Point 2: Overcome your doubts and fears; success is a great motivator but fear can be too </li></ul><ul><li>Point 3: Move out of your comfort zone </li></ul><ul><li>Point 4: Develop a winning, optimistic attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Point 5: Identify and clarify what you value in life and in yourself; most of what you do in life centers on what is truly important to you </li></ul><ul><li>Point 6: Take pride in your name and personal character </li></ul><ul><li>Point 7: Develop a strong, personal guiding statement </li></ul><ul><li>Point 8: Make a commitment to strengthen your self-esteem </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Make a personal commitment to take one calculated risk per week </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a friend or classmate to join you in your endeavors </li></ul><ul><li>Start with small, short term goals and work toward larger goals </li></ul><ul><li>Put courage in front or comfort </li></ul><ul><li>Tell yourself “I am capable”, “I am willing”, “I am able”, “I am as good as the next person”, “I can do this” </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on new opportunities and forget about past negative experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Make decisions that are creative and uncommon </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how expanding your comfort zone can help your academic work, career and/or future goals </li></ul><ul><li>Try to imagine your life if you don’t move beyond your current comfort zone </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Irritated, Contaminated, Angry6, Negative Thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>How to eliminate the “I Can’t” from your life: </li></ul><ul><li>1) Work everyday to find the good in people, places and things </li></ul><ul><li>2) Discover what is holding you back and what you need to push you forward </li></ul><ul><li>3) Visualize your success </li></ul><ul><li>4) Locate, observe and associate with positive, optimistic people and things in your life </li></ul><ul><li>5) Make a list of people who support you and help you feel positive </li></ul><ul><li>6) Take responsibility for your own actions and their consequences </li></ul><ul><li>7) Find out what resources are available on your campus to help you develop a more positive outlook </li></ul><ul><li>8) Force yourself to find 5 positive things a day for which to be thankful </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>A personal judgment of worthiness; confidence in our ability to cope with the basic challenges of life </li></ul><ul><li>5 characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>1) A sense of security </li></ul><ul><li>2) a sense of identity </li></ul><ul><li>3) A sense of belonging </li></ul><ul><li>4) A sense of purpose </li></ul><ul><li>5) A sense of personal competence </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>1) Take control of your own life </li></ul><ul><li>2) Adopt the idea that you are responsible for you; when you can admit your mistakes and celebrate your successes knowing you did it your way, loving and respecting yourself becomes much easier </li></ul><ul><li>3) Refuse to allow friends and family to tear you down; combat their negativity by admitting your mistakes and shortcomings to yourself and by making up your mind that you are going to overcome them </li></ul><ul><li>4) Control what you say to yourself; make self talk positive </li></ul><ul><li>5) Take calculated risks; risk taking is one of the best ways to raise your self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>6) Stop comparing yourself to other people; everyone has certain strengths and talents to offer to the world; yours are no smaller or less effective than the person’s next door </li></ul><ul><li>7) Develop a victory wall or victory file; put your certificates, letters of praise, trophies, and awards out where you can see them on a daily basis; send victory files/cards </li></ul><ul><li>8) Keep your promises and be loyal to friends, family and yourself; be loyal and keep your word </li></ul><ul><li>9) Win with grace- lose with class </li></ul><ul><li>10) Be a giver </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>We’ll cover Chapter 2 </li></ul>