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

Start:Jul 04, 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

There are a few points you'll need to take with you as you finish this segment of your journey.

First you don't need to struggle alone.

Keep in touch with people who support you. Talk to them. Be honest with them. Hear them out.

They're on your side and can see things about you that you can't see when you're in the middle of a struggle.

We're part of that support, so feel welcome to redo the navitents in 'Triumph' when you feel the struggle coming on. We can help.

How do you feel about sharing your struggles?

Step 2

As you continue identifying your strengths, you're only going to keep getting stronger, smarter, more creative and wiser.

Your positive attributes are going to continue to grow and bring out the best in you.

Understand your choice about pursuing the best thing about you - or the tragedy of not pursuing it.

How much more confidence do you have since you began 'Turning Heartache into Triumph'?

Step 3

Wrestle when you feel tempted to believe hurtful things about yourself and your life.

Wrestle with the truth that you are not your circumstances.

Wrestle that as a person you are the opposite of your stressful situation.

Wrestle until you believe the truth and feel better about yourself and your circumstances.

How do you feel about wrestling with your inner thoughts until the best part of you wins?

Step 4

Find a place to test your positive attributes, such as a job or internship that you're really interested in, a community service project, finish your high school diploma, certificate or your college degree.

Or join a bigger mission like the military or the National Guard!

Which one of those are you doing now?

Which one will you start doing?

Step 5

Did these navitents improve your confidence to turn past heartache into a life that feels triumphant?

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, where would you place yourself at this point?

Step 6

As you exit 'Triumph', we'd like to share our hopes for you:

May you have hope for all your tomorrows. Each day as the sun comes up, we hope you gain courage to view the new day with optimism - a new start, a new chance, a new victory.

We hope your struggles result in triumph for you and become a source of inspiration that others will see and gain strength for themselves to overcome their own burdens.

We hope you grow confidently into the man or woman you were destined to become.

We hope you feel loved always.

We hope you feel respected most of all by you!

We hope you experience more joy than you ever thought possible.

We hope you live the next stage of your life with a sense of purpose, stability, hope and anticipation of the good to come.

Did any of these hopes land with you?

Which one(s)?

Step 7

When you've finished, go to the related field above and select the 'Triumph' checklist.

You can schedule it as often as you like - once a week is preferred. It should help you maintain the momentum you've gained from doing these navitents.

Are you in?

Step 8

Go to the related field again and select 'Worthy of Respect' to advance to the next stage of your journey.

Step 9

Do you think someone else could benefit from this kind of 'GPS'?

If so, feel welcome to share the link when you finish this navitent. Hit save and return as usual, then select 'Share' to the far left and 7th icon down.

Congratulations on completing this navigational trail!

All our best to you, and we hope to see you again in 'Worthy of Respect'.

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