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Start:Jul 07, 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's the thing.

We can tell you something to give you more confidence or lead you in a better direction, but how long can you hang onto what we said?

Yeah, right. Not many people can. We can't. A mentor can talk to us, but we forget it. A video can show us, but we zone out.

So how's The Next Step any different?

Well...The Next Step is not a program.

It's more like your own personal GPS.

It's a way for you to be independent but still get the answers you're looking for, so you have what you need to cross the bridge to adulthood, knowing how to leave any baggage behind.

If you follow our navigational steps and do the tasks, then bit by bit and day by day, you'll notice that things begin to change - good things.

Go to the step below to get a feel for it.

Are you in?

Step 2

Let's start with a story.

Have you heard the tale about a baby eagle who grew up with chickens?

Well the story goes that the eaglet was found alone and placed in a chicken coop where it grew up thinking it was like the other birds it was around every day.

The young eagle never realized it was one of the most majestic birds to ever take to the sky.

In fact, it never flew. The bird was never given the chance.

This magnificent creature thought it was a chicken because all the other birds in the coop were chickens. So it bent its head to the ground, ate seeds and clucked like the others.

Can you relate to any part of this?

Step 3

If that story sparked something inside of you, then you must not be a chicken.

You're an eagle.

How do you start to soar, though, if all you've known is a chicken coop?

It starts in your mind. Begin by knowing who you are and believing it so much that you start pursuing things that lift you in that direction.

Try this. Describe a dream you have that challenges you to aim high. You would have to give it everything you have to achieve it.

Step 4

Take a moment to imagine yourself having already accomplished that goal.

To reach this milestone would make you feel like you're soaring.

Use your imagination to visualize the 'you' who has achieved something you thought was out of your reach.

Select 'successful' when you have that image in your mind.

Step 5

When you saw this new 'you' how did you feel about yourself?

What did it do for your confidence? Your hopes about the future?

Step 6

What is one specific action you can take now to improve your ability to pursue the things that will take you toward that image of yourself?

You need to be realistic with this one.

Focus only on the first step for now.

Hint: Your first step should make you feel a little stretched but confident, rather than hopeless, knowing in your gut that you can do it if you work at it.

Step 7

The fast track is to stay with these navigational steps and do them on a daily basis until the new you emerges.

Schedule Turning Heartache into Triumph from You'll see it listed under The Next Step tab.

Do the steps each day and post to the publisher in the last open box on the page.

As the story goes, "You can cluck with the chickens or soar like an eagle."

You're an eagle.


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