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Day 18_'No' Means 'Dream Bigger'

Start:Jul 12, 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

Summary:

Step 1

Read these quotes below.

"When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on."
- LL Cool J, Rap Artist

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.
-Michelle Obama, former First Lady

"Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity."
-Lou Holtz, one of football's most successful coaches

Select 'Successful' when you've finished.

Step 2

Go to the 'video' icon and hear the story about NFL-bound Inky Johnson, a former University of Tennessee stand out.

His message is from a Christian perspective. No matter what your thoughts are about faith, simply listen to the core message. It's his story, so he's telling it his way.

Let us know what you thought about his story when you've finished.

Step 3

Mr. Johnson said that his problem was that his dream was too small.

That was a shock to him because he had worked so hard to make it to the NFL and was on the top 30 draft list entering his senior year in college.

For most of us, that would be the equivalent of a big dream. Not for him.

A career-ending injury forced him to realize that even with that amazing vision of being an athlete at the top of his game, he was still dreaming too small.

What about you? You've started dreaming. That's good.

You've started wrestling with those nagging doubts about who you really are.

You're putting plans in place to become the man or woman you were born to be.

Now for the big question: Are your dreams big enough to match the adversity that you've overcome?

Step 4

What do you think you were born to be that could be an inspiration to others?

Step 5

If you get a 'no', if you get shut down so completely that you know you have to change directions, can you do it?

Step 6

How would you turn that 'no' into a directional sign that simply means "there is something better out there. You've been dreaming too small"?

Step 7

The big lesson here is that failure teaches us something good about ourselves. It can show us that there may be a bigger plan out there.

As you dream and encounter the pangs of failure that are a part of the journey, how committed are you to explore the idea that maybe the failures are encouraging you to dream bigger?

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