- Be a good example of what you teach
- Break out into small group discussions
- Conduct a relevant game
- Conduct brainstorming sessions
- Deliver your message with a pleasant attitude
- Demonstrate to your learners how to do things
- Don’t be too prescriptive with assignments but allow freedom to explore
- Don’t cram too much material into lessons
- Don’t imitate but be yourself
- Don’t rush your lesson but allow them to flow
- Forget yourself and focus on serving your students
- Have students write or draw
- Help learners apply your message to their lives
- Involve students with hands-on activities
- It’s okay to deviate from your lesson plan as circumstances dictate
- Look for life lessons everywhere
- Loosen up and get your learners laughing
- Love your subject and your students
- Make use of powerful stories
- Make your message personal so students can emotionally connect
- Never force any aspect of your lesson
- Only teach what you know
- Point out the good things learners do
- Prepare your lessons well
- Present examples of a concept
- Provide substance not fluff
- Questions indicate readiness to learn so answer immediately
- Seize attention right away in an interesting but relevant way
- Show enthusiasm to gain and maintain attention
- Simplify your message for better understanding – express big ideas with small words
- Summarize what you taught at the end of a lesson
- Teach using your natural gifts and strengths
- To be a great teacher you must first be a great learner
- Use a variety of teaching approaches and methods
- Use an object to compare with a concept
- Use analogies and metaphors
- Use role-playing
- Use Socratic questioning to stimulate thinking
- Use visual aids and multimedia to enhance a lesson
- View teaching as a way to fulfill your life’s mission
WHY DO YOU THINK WE HAVE PROBLEMS?
- Purpose of problems is not to destroy us, but to help us grow and develop.
- Solving problems brings fulfillment and happiness.
- Our problems are divinely custom-tailored for us to:
- Stretch us toward our full potential
- Wake up our minds to new truths
- Help us relish the sweetness of life in contrast to the bitter
- Refine our souls and strengthen us
- Q: Is there a better question to ask ourselves than “Why me?”
- Q: What should our attitude be toward our problems? Our attitude toward our problems makes all the difference. The real difference between tragedy and triumph is our attitude. It’s all about our perception of and reaction to the problem that determines the outcome, not the problem itself. We may not always have control over our problems, but we can always control how we react to them and what we do with them.
- Try not to think of eating a lemon. Hard to forget the sour. Q: What should you do if life hands you a lemon?
- Today is the day to rearrange our attitude toward the problems that are uniquely ours. They’re never enjoyable at the moment, but they’re some of our greatest assets. They are the exact counterbalance we need to attain our peak self-fulfillment, and you wouldn’t want anybody else’s. Joseph Addison wrote an instructive parable called The Mountain of Miseries in which Jupiter issued a proclamation that every mortal must place their misfortunes in a pile, which became a mountain. The misfortunes were then redistributed so that everyone received someone else’s. When everyone realized how much worse other people’s problems were to bear, they were allowed to take back their own.
- Q: What would happen if you helped the imaginary chick hatch that you had in your hand earlier?
- Q: Do you know how pearls are made? The more good we do, the more opposition we face. It’s only during the tough times that our true character is revealed.
- Q: Do you think it’s possible to actually enjoy solving personal problems?
- When we look back on our worst trials, we often feel gratitude because they made us who we are today.
PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGIES
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A FEW IDEAS FOR MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
· A secret key to peace in your mind is to just let go of what’s bothering you. · A stone becomes smooth through continuous impact with other stones. · Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative. · Accept the fact that with the infinite combination of possible uncontrollable circumstances we face through time, the odds dictate that there will be situations that don’t turn out the way we would like. · Adapt and conquer in any given situation by adopting the Navy Seals secret weapon they call “Mental Toughness.” · All of us are like little babes who don’t know everything yet, but we are learning as we go. · Always give yourself the benefit of the doubt. · As we think in our heart, so are we. · As you go through a particularly difficult challenge, it helps to think about what type of spectacles you’re wearing to view it. · Be as kind and merciful to yourself as you would be to a friend. · Be grateful for it all. Gratitude brings an instant surge of happiness. There is nobody who has nothing to be thankful for. · Be willing to loosen up, have fun, and make a fool of yourself. · Become less self-conscious and think of how you can serve others and help them with their problems. Altruism is a tonic that relieves us of our own pain. · Break your work up into small chunks so you don’t feel overwhelmed. · Calm yourself down with slow deep breathing, relax with some stretching exercises, listen to soothing music or take a hot bath. · Cancel all of your self-pity parties. · Choose now to love yourself in spite of all your flaws. It’s wrong to wait until you’re perfect to love yourself, because that never comes. · Don’t agonize over unrealistic expectations of yourself. · Don’t be frustrated with your fits and starts, because they are evidence that you weren’t doing what you really wanted to do anyway. · Don’t believe that your past failures define your future. · Don’t define yourself by your worst moments. · Don’t get bogged down in over analysis of negative details. · Don’t let anything stop your progress. · Don’t live by the letter of the law, live by the spirit of the law. The letter kills, the spirit gives life. · Don’t postpone your happiness. No matter what you’re going through, you deserve to be happy right now. · Don’t wait until later to feel good. Now is the time. · Empower yourself with the fact that you can take complete control of yourself. · Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up. · Forgive yourself for all of your flaws. · Funnel the energy you would have used on negative thinking into joyful action. · Give yourself permission to let go of perfectionism. · God loves you. He is your friend and will help you. · Guess what! You are good enough. · Guilt is good if it leads you to discontinue wrong behavior. But not good if you’ve already changed, and you’re using the guilt to beat yourself up. · “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” --Nathaniel Hawthorne · Have hope and a strong vision of a bright future. · Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary. --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow · It doesn’t matter what has happened in your life. All things you go through give you valuable experience, and will be for your good. The worst things that we go through, not at the time, but later on in retrospect, are eventually seen as the best things we have gone through. · It’s impossible to find a perfect paradise on earth, so create your own imaginary tropical island oasis state of mind and carry it with you wherever you go, every day. · Just do your best. You can’t do better than the very best you can do. · Know where to draw the line and stand up for yourself. · Learn truth. Truth makes you free! · Let go of all doubts and fears. · Let go of any limiting beliefs you have about yourself. · Let go of any negative labels you may have attached to yourself. · Let go of the past, live in the present, stop worrying about the future. · Look at the long-term perspective of your life and have vision. · Look at things with an optimistic attitude. · Love is the great principle of happiness. The best way to be happy is to make other people happy. Lose yourself and you will find yourself. · Love yourself every moment. · Many of the world’s most influential people have overcome a variety of mental and emotional impediments through persistence. · Money cannot buy love or happiness. · Most of the things we worry about never happen. Give yourself permission to let go of your worries. · Most of us already know what to do to become a better person, we just need to do it. · Move forward with faith and boldness. · Never compare yourself or your talents with anyone else. · Never criticize anyone including yourself. · No matter what you have been inclined to be in the past, the real you is positive and loving. · No thing, no person, no situation is worth allowing yourself to stress over. · Nobody is guaranteed an easy life. · Octopus tentacles regenerate if they become detached. Okay, so one of your tentacles became detached. Don’t worry. Something better will be regenerated. · Our brains are programmable. Garbage in, garbage out. Precious jewels in, precious jewels out. · Our choice of thoughts controls our emotions. · Our current level of progress is not as important as our direction, since our direction determines where we ultimately end up. · Our personal progress is not an event, but a process. · People are just people. · Perfect love casts out all fear. · Rather than beating yourself up over unattained goals, consider recording your actual progress. · Reevaluate and be sure that you are subscribing to what you actually believe is the real definition of true success. · Release all fear of criticism and dependency on praise. Other people’s opinions of us is not an integral part of the reality that sustains our personal happiness. · Remember the many times you have conquered. · Resist the impulse to kick back against the sharpened goad of life experience or it will penetrate into the flesh even deeper. · Slow down a little. · Sometimes we may think that we cannot be an inspiration to others because we have struggled with difficult challenges. The opposite is true. The more we have successfully overcome tribulations, the more power we have to relate to others who are likewise struggling, and the more power we have to inspire them to greater heights. · Stop and smell the roses. · Stress and anxiety are not from our external circumstances, but always result from the way we perceive and interpret our problems. · Take comfort knowing that whenever a beam of light increases in diameter, so does the darkness surrounding it. · “The business of life is to go forward.”--Samuel Johnson · The darkest hour is just before the dawn. · “The fountain of content must spring up in the mind; and…he, who has so little knowledge of human nature, as to seek happiness by changing anything, but his own dispositions, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he purposes to remove.” --Samuel Johnson · The greater the challenge the greater the reward. · The storyline of the life of every truly inspiring person has been one riddled with extreme trials, obstacles and failures before things coalesced together for their success. · There is no barrier between you and greatness that cannot be surmounted. · There is no one exactly like you. Think about how unique you are in all the universe. · There’s only so much you can control. Separate the things you can control from those you can’t. · Things will get better. · This life is short, and it’s the time to go for it! Don’t postpone your happiness. · Totally accept yourself for where and who you are at the present moment, and be hopeful knowing that from here on out you will do your best to improve yourself. · Treat yourself now and then. · Turn your heart to good and good will come to you. · “Unhappy people, I am convinced, would increase their happiness more by walking six miles every day, than by any conceivable change in philosophy.” --Bertrand Russell · View new changes as new beginnings to new opportunities. · We all need breaks occasionally. Know when to take a break to reset yourself. · We always only have two paths to choose from. Which do you choose, happiness or misery? · We are all born with a core belief that we are good. As we get older, we develop a layer around that core belief that says we’re bad. It’s a false belief. · We are all of infinite value, and we all have within us the seeds of greatness. · We are here on earth to grow. · We can’t always make it in life without help. Know when you need to seek out the assistance of someone you can trust. · We exist that we might have joy. · “We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.” –Emerson · Weaknesses can become strengths. · “When great evils happen, I am in the habit of looking out for what good may arise from them as consolations to us, and Providence has in fact so established the order of things as that most evils are the means of producing some good.” --Thomas Jefferson · “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill · Who you are is much more than your occupation. · Write down the things that stress you out or talk it out with a friend. · You can become an escape artist who can wiggle out of any harmful situation. Harry Houdini always relied on hidden keys so he could assure himself of escape. Always have a reservoir of hidden keys of truth at your disposal. · You deserve success and victory no matter your past problems. · You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. · You have a life mission to perform. · You have the right to fire everyone and everything that is trying to negatively influence you, and hire yourself as your own positive mental program director. Program your mind with good, wholesome and uplifting books, movies, plays, music etc. · Your mind is unique and marvelous. The way you think is very good.
Make Your Mark On The World, LLC -- Copyright © 2008 Alexander Stopa -- All Rights Reserved -- www.makeyourmarkontheworld.org
Make Your Mark On The World, LLC -- Copyright © 2008 Alexander Stopa -- All Rights Reserved -- www.makeyourmarkontheworld.org
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