Why You Deserve to Succeed
I was just reading Darlene's post - https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/darlenejones/blog/i-feel-the-need - and my reaction was to share with a lesson I have just finished teaching to my 10th grade class. I figured I'd post it here so you can all enjoy it!
I showed them a closeup shot of Aaron Fothingerham, 21 years old, (google him) and then asked them what their initial judgement of him is... (cool guy, strong, etc...) I then told them that he was a finalist in the Vegas AmJam competitions at age 14, had won a Guinness World Record at 16 years, and has been touring all over the world with the Nitro Circus.
After we discussed this for a few minutes, I showed them this videoclip: http://www.aish.com/sp/pg/Blessed.html Needless to say, my students were all shocked!
Your Personal Exercise
I then handed them each a nice piece of scrapbook paper and had them write about their own qualities and why they deserve the best life they could have! I know that a common activity is to have students write positive character traits of their peers but they are so not used to self-praise. A couple of the sweetest students in the class - whom all the girls in school respect - said they didn't know what to write... But this was not optional. I gave them time to think about it and they all covered their papers and began writing. When they were done, I suggested that they place their papers in a prominent place where they (but no one else :) will see and read it at least once a day. I think that this is one of the best exercises I have given them.
Without our acknowledging our positive aspects, there is no way we will believe that we are deserving of success!
May I suggest that each of you reading this take the time to do this exact exercise right now... Do not push it off! It's important for you to acknowledge your strengths and then to use them to not only help you succeed but to come to the realization that YOU DESERVE TO SUCCEED!