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Start:Jul 16, 2020

Duration:10 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

There are two choices in life that are make or break:

1) We can believe what's negative and refuse to believe our lives can improve, much less be everything we hoped for.


2) We can focus on our positive qualities and know at gut level that there's something far better out there for us and we're going to find it.

Which one do you choose?

Step 2

If you chose option 2, then recall what kind of person you were born to be.

We're talking about your identity, not your gender, but the qualities that make you who you are. These qualities include what you want to be known for, such as, honesty, trustworthy, respected, kind, noble, artistic, creative, generous, compassionate.....the list goes on and on.

So...what kind of person were you born to be?

Step 3

Write in one, short sentence what you think your destiny is. This should include the positive attributes you listed in Day 3 and the ones listed above.

If you run into any problems with this step, post to Publisher in the last open box on the page. We can help you sort things out.

Step 4

List one small step you can take today toward your destiny.

One simple step could be to focus on your positives by pushing yourself in school, with friends, at your present job or in your current situation.

Step 5

How does it feel to think about doing the next small step?

Frightening? Yep.

Exhilarating? Oh yeah.

Triumphant? Definitely!

What is your level of confidence at this moment?

Step 6

Success means you tried. It doesn't mean you were successful the first time. It's the honest, whole-hearted, passionate attempt that matters.

It's in this kind of attempt that we get stronger, smarter and more resilient. That's the point.

Take a big breath, exit this step, AND GO FOR IT!

Will you go for it with everything you've got?

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