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Day 13_Expect Something Better

Start:Jul 04, 2020

Duration:15 Minute(s)

Goal: this Cognitive Trail will improve the ability to separate fact from fiction. (Perception vs. Reality).

Description: 'Perception vs. Reality' is part of The Next Step navigational series designed as a GPS for transition-age foster youth and other young adul ... Read More


Step 1

In the movie 'Hitch' there's a character, Albert, who's a decent guy but is often overlooked. He doesn't have a lot of confidence. Then along comes a girl...and he surprises even himself.

Go to the video icon above for another look at 'perception vs. reality.'

Let us know what you thought about the clip from 'Hitch' when you've finished.

Step 2

Low self esteem made Albert think he'd blown it when he actually made his dream girl respect him.

Can you see how the inability to accept that you're good enough just the way you are leads to low expectations and a perception that's off?

Step 3

Describe a time when you've made a similar mistake as Albert.

Step 4

What do you think about the advice Hitch had to 'let it marinate for a second' before you act?

Step 5

How often do you think you're able to stop and think before you act?

Step 6

What do you think prevents you from chilling before reacting?

Step 7

Today, when you encounter a situation that initially confuses, angers or confounds you, 'let it marinate for a second.

Use the same tips from recent navigational steps (navitents):

*Stand tall
*Head up
*Shoulders back
*Remember who you are - and that's a good thing
*Don't fidget
*Smile confidently
*Ask - don't assume

Add one more tip:

*Expect a better outcome

See if this interaction differs from any of your previous ones.

Are you willing to give it a try?

Step 8

How much differently do you think situations will turn out if you expect something better before you even begin?

Step 9

Have a great day!

We look forward to hearing about it tomorrow.

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