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Start:Nov 17, 2019

Duration:20 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

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

Go to the video icon above to watch how the story unfolds. It's a little long, but the first 3 minutes should be enough to go on if you're short on time.

Take a second to tells us what you thought about the story when you've finished.

Step 2

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.

It missed its destiny.

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.

The eagle lived its life on the ground, never using its powerful voice and never reaching the graceful, soaring heights it was intended to climb.

Can you relate to any part of this tragic story?

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 everything you have to achieve it.

Step 4

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

To accomplish 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? Sense of hope?

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 on the first step.

Don't set yourself up for failure by trying to do too much too fast. At the same time, don't be lazy and shortchange yourself.

Hint: The action should make you feel a little stretched but confident you can do it if you work at it rather than hopeless that the goal is too big.

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

Step 7

One of the best ways to achieve the image you saw of yourself in Step 3 is to tell someone about it.

Your task today is to email, text, call or visit a key person in your life and tell them what you want to do to achieve your vision.

Even if the person already knows about it, give them an update about your current level of progress, including any challenges you're experiencing.

Involving other people is one of the best steps you can take to reach your goal.

As the man says, "You can cluck with the chickens, or soar like an eagle."

You're an eagle.

SOAR!!!

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