Please be patient. A whole new experience is on the horizon...

Start:Jul 16, 2020

Duration:15 Minute(s)

Goal: this Cognitive Trail will increase the confidence to activate hope with a plan (Turning Heartache Into Triumph).

Description: The Next Step series was developed to guide foster teens and young adults through specific step-by-step actions. The steps act a lot like a ... Read More


Step 1

Let's get gut-level honest. That's an important part. Gut level. Honest.

You can’t achieve your dreams, embark upon your destiny or showcase what's best about you without putting yourself out there.

Do you understand what we mean?

Step 2

Are you currently putting yourself out there?

For example, are you doing any one of these:

*attending school or a certificate program
* involved in a volunteer project

The point is to get moving.

Find a place for you to test your positive qualities to make them even more pronounced.

The kind of activities listed above keep you from being tempted to go backwards.

*** If none of these apply to you, continue to Step 3.

Step 3

Describe how you're doing in your current activities.

You have a job?
Do you show up on time and do what you're supposed to do without being asked? Do you talk respectfully to your boss and peers on the job? Can they rely on you at work?

Or yes, you're attending school or a certificate program.
If you're in school, are you going to every class on time, turning in your assignments when they're due and focusing hard on earning your diploma, certificate or degree?

Volunteering? If so, are you showing up when you said you would and staying until the task is finished? Are you friendly and helpful? Does anyone else have to finish what you said you would do that day?

Step 4

Today share with a trusted friend, coach, relative, boss, teacher or mentor what you're doing to put yourself out there.

Include what you're doing at school, work or a volunteer project. Be honest and let them know what you're doing that's good and what's not going so well.

Ask them for insight that could help you.

Step 5

Now take a deep breath, log off, walk right by the TV, ignore your cell phone, stop texting and get moving.


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