The Encarta Dictionary doesn’t say anything about attitude when it defines success. It says somebody is successful if they’re wealthy, famous, or powerful because of a record of achievement. To me, a Winners Don’t Quit attitude is essential to a successful life.
Your teen has so many fears and worries. They are worried they won’t have friends, they won’t live up to your standards and disappoint you, they won’t meet their own goals, they won’t be somebody, anybody. They are worried they won’t be good enough. But I think I’m still trying figure this crap out Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn’t This f**king black cloud’s still follows me around But it’s time to exorcise these demons These motherf**kers are doing jumping jacks now! Your teen is learning pieces at a time how to be an adult:
Since my strong, pre crash self image was based on what I had and what I did, when my crash changed what I had and what I did, it also changed who I was. I didn’t know who I was. My crash stole my identity. I needed a new self.
Why are we who are we? Are we products of our environments? Our families? Our friends? Our possessions? Our choices? The situations we’re born into? Our inherited intelligence and tendencies? Our likeability? Our willingness or our willfulness? Our luck or our lack of luck? What we choose to focus our energy on? Who we associate with? We’re not responsible for the disabilities we’re handed at birth or by fate. We are responsible for how we react to them. We are responsible for what we do with our abilities. It is our ability to choose our attitude. My
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” –M. Kathleen Casey Have you ever asked for something you ended up not wanting? I not only asked to see Harborview Hospital’s chief neurosurgeon, I insisted on it. Finally he visited my room. He was a big rough-looking man, but as he stood beside my bed, he looked more like a truant student called into the principal’s office. My speech was garbled. I had to point to letters on an alphabet board to ask him how long he thought it would take before I could walk and drive again. The
Thirty years ago, I brace myself, grip my cane and look up the long sidewalk that climbs the hill in front of me. Cool fall air whistles over my teeth as I suck my lungs full. The sun shines behind me and my long shadow stretches up the hill. This new spring morning seems so fresh and alive that optimism tries to crowd out the negative feelings that weigh me down like a mule forced to pull an overloaded wagon.
Did you know that, when it comes to the reasons why people get fired in America, poor attitude, rudeness to coworkers and not “fitting in” rate higher than poor performance? Each of these three has to do with relationship skills. And did you know that ineffective relationship skills very often become ineffective performance skills? Worse than that is this: None of us went to a “Relationship Skills 101” course as we were growing up. In fact, most of us just picked up the ineffective relationship habits of our parents and family members without any idea about how dysfunctional these
While your teen is growing up they want to be more like the teens around then rather than stick out. Call it human nature. They discover as they get older and out there in the real world that the thing that make them different often brings them the most reward. When your teen looks at people that make the cover of magazines, they can forget the struggle they undergo to get there. Honestly, they probably don’t even consider the challenges and neither do most of the adults looking at the magazine either. Cindy Crawford in the Sports illustrated magazine swim
No one likes a lecture least of all teens. If they feel you about to pounce they will sigh, roll their eyes or simply ask you to stop with a, “please not now.” The one that gets you to hurry along is the, I know, I know, I know, it’s a good way to get you to stop talking because who likes to be interrupted? But before you stop talking make sure your teen really knows what you’re talking about otherwise you may end up leaving with a false sense of security about your teen’s wealth of knowledge. The nature