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Start:Jul 16, 2020

Duration:20 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

Be Still.

Get Quiet.

Clear your mind.

Learn to do this whenever you feel amped up.

It'll help you take the drama down a few notches.

Go ahead. Try it out now.

Relax. Get Quiet.

Pay attention to your surroundings. Look out a window. If you just can't get there, try the Maya Angelo video in the video icon above.

Give this exercise 3 minutes and then describe how it made you feel and the kind of thoughts that went through your mind.

Step 2

Has there been a situation this week where you've been able to put into practice what you've learned so far?

If so, describe the scenario, including the tips you used and how they helped - or not.

If no situation occurred, is there something that you think is coming up where you can put into play what you've learned so far?

Step 3

Has there been a situation that started looking dire, but you realized it wasn't as bad as you thought it would be?

Or maybe it wasn't bad at all? At work maybe?

Step 4

Speaking of work, have you started getting to know your boss yet?

If so, what topics of conversations are you bringing up, and how are they going?

What did you discover that surprised you?

If you're not working, then describe a situation where you have a supervisor, instructor or someone else you may have to report to.

How are those conversations going? 'Fine' is not a complete answer.

What are you doing to get to know this person and let them get to know you?

Step 5

What may have changed in the way you approach situations that have made you feel tense or even angry in the past?

How do you feel about that change?

Step 6

Are other people reacting differently to you?

If so, in what way?

Step 7

If this relates to you yet, how do you feel about the difference in how you're being treated?

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