High School Success Tips: Thinking and Believing Questions

The Thinking and Believing Lifestyle

  1. List five positive thoughts you have on a regular basis about yourself.
  2. List three compliments people give you on a regular basis, as it relates to your talent and ability.
  3. List three regular, occurring negative thoughts you have that need to be changed to positive so you will believe differently about yourself.
  4. Take some time to talk with your teachers and mentors by asking them to honestly assess your ability to achieve your goals. Their insight may be very helpful.

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

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Education Success: Thinking and Believing

High school is one of the most important times in your life because it is the last time you will be around so many people, students, and teachers, who have a desire to see you succeed. There is something special about the high school teacher’s focus and energy level that help so many students continue the fight to graduation. As a high school student, you may not fully understand this excellent opportunity for you to get your mind right for your journey ahead. Your journey to your successful lifestyle will consist of two important elements that have to do with your brain: thinking and believing. They are definitely connected and important to each other, but one can’t be accomplished without the other being developed the right way.

Thinking is simple; it is the thoughts that come and go in your head on a daily basis. Many people don’t pay too much attention to these thoughts, and deem most of them harmless, but are they? Your thoughts have the power to shape your future over a long period of time, and play host to your fears, dreams, and realities. I believe that when you think a thought, a bit of that thought stays with you and works to affect your mood and attitude. This is great for those who send a high percentage of positive thoughts through their mind daily, but what about the negative thoughts? The negative thoughts have the same impact.

I believe that thoughts are neither good nor bad. I believe, as humans, we get to interpret them in the way needed for our survival. There are many people okay with stealing, however, a high percent of the population would see the thought of stealing as negative. The reality standpoint is that it only matters from your position in life. There are hundreds of scenarios where the average person could be asked, “When would you be for, or against, stealing?” The idea is to see your thoughts as neutral until you decide your desires in life.  When you decide your desires, you will see a change in your thought processes.

As a teacher, I would normally say (which is still true) when the student decides to do the right thing nothing will stop them, including the teachers they thought hated them. Before this thinking point, most students would let the teacher they thought hated them fail them, thinking it was the teacher’s fault. How many times do we blame others for our bad thinking and shortcomings?

Here is the key to understanding the power of your thoughts: Always know you are in control of what you think you can do. As the quote goes, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way you are right.”

I believe high school should be a time when students get their thinking so positive that the best actions can’t help but follow. I know high school kids are very optimistic about the future; the curse of the real world negativity hasn’t beaten them down. In order to do this properly, we have to see how thoughts affect our belief system.

If you take stock in the world around you, unless you live in a bubble off the grid, there is a very good chance you are inundated with materialism and norms pushed on you by others. When it is time for a student to decide what is important, most will get an education to get a job, though they may feel other ways are better for them on the inside. This is where the conflict arises in many students, but they fold to the pressure of the constant thoughts surrounding them. If your school is pushing for you to go to college, and you really want to start a business, you may still go to college because of the thoughts that favor it. The best way to combat the thoughts that don’t fit your desires is to know what you think will soon affect your beliefs, which then will affect your actions.

Knowing this will help you guard your thoughts so you can make the right actions that fit your desires. Going to college may be someone else’s belief, and you will have to deal with why you may or may not attend. The reality is that you will have to deal anyway, so better to do it early.

By understanding that your thinking affects your believing, you will start to realize you are 100% responsible for your actions. Your thoughts are all your own, and if your thoughts directly affect your beliefs, you have to be responsible for what you think. The moment you blame someone else for your shortcomings, you must be under the mind control of them. If this is the case, you have to be enslaved by them. If you are not enslaved by them, you can think freely. If you can think freely about your desires, you can shape your beliefs to attain those desires. This means your thoughts are all your own. Make sure you are training your brain to think positive and realistic thoughts; it will affect your actions and all of your accomplishments.

By understanding that thinking affects your believing, you will understand the power of positive thinking. What better way to remove most of the negative thoughts you let cross your mind than to know that they will mount up and cost you one day? I am not asking you to go around and be happy when it is time to be sad, or be some creepy, happy person. I am asking you to stop allowing small things to become a negative thought. Some days when I am on social media, there are people that seem to start their day with negative thoughts and it goes from there. They find a way to “lightly” complain about everything; they live in a big city and complain about traffic, the weather is too hot, cold, or wet. They woke up tired and only want to sleep. Or, my favorite, “I wish this day would end!” There is nothing wrong with those statements if you want your brain to do extra work and think your way out of your forced doldrums. If you want to have better days, start them by enjoying waking up, accepting the opportunity to do great things during the day, and think a positive thought to get your day started. Even if your day starts off on the negative side, find a way to turn it around with the right thoughts. These positive thoughts will fuel the belief that you are going to have a good day, that you deserve to have a good day, and at the end of this day, you will say it was good. If your thoughts influence your beliefs, you should be very careful thinking, “Hey, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” Positive thinking will help reinforce the beliefs you want to live by. A great attitude will help you to act in the ways needed, and you will see fewer and fewer bad days.

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Education Success Questions: Live Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Outside Your Comfort Zone Lifestyle

  1. Where can you visit and learn from other cultures so you are a better person?
  2. Name two “crumbs” you need to leave behind so you can move on to better things on your success path.
  3. What 3 actions can you take to show that life is about the hard work you do, and not about the luck you have?
  4. Where in your plan for success will you need to move away from the crowd and the direction they are going?

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Education Success Tip: Live Outside Your Comfort Zone

One of my favorite parts of teaching was to get students to stretch themselves beyond their current set of thoughts and abilities. That is the essence of learning and growing. You will constantly grow as you move down your success path. While teaching, I made sure every student lived outside of their comfort zone while trying to make the best grade possible. I would push my students, raise the requirements weekly, and even challenge them with other forms of learning. Life outside a person’s comfort zone is uncomfortable, to say the least. However, if you are able to understand your teacher is working to get you to go beyond where you are comfortable going, you will understand and appreciate the high school education opportunity.

Some of the best teachers are the ones who push and have high levels of expectations of their students. It isn’t about the work they are doing, but rather how the work helps each student grow in a way that is important to the skills of the student. If you are going to be successful, there will be times when you will need to push yourself and then find others who can push you when you need it.

Live outside your comfort zone by learning from others who are different than you. One of my favorite cultural experiences was visiting Costa Rica while working as a teacher. It was exciting to see a different way of life another culture. I was able to talk with the locals about the importance of their schools and education system. As a teacher, this experience in Costa Rica was valuable as I learned the power of education for all human beings. I believe we get caught up in our own world, and forget we are a small part of the population on the planet. There are plenty of other cultures that value education, and make the best use of the system they have in place. Visiting other locations and speaking with other cultures about their life and success goals can help you shape your life.

Your life and experiences don’t have to be limited to the bubble you live in. There is a world of exciting thought and education that can help you understand the bigger picture. Find different programs that can help you with these experiences while in high school. If you can’t do it in high school, many colleges offer study abroad programs at no additional tuition costs to you, the student. Take advantage of these opportunities by looking for, and attending, groups that value travel and connecting with other cultures to improve lifelong learning and experience.

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Questions for Education Success: Having Grit

The Having Grit Lifestyle

  1. How have you had to deal with negative talk about something you really wanted to accomplish?
  2. List three times when you have let the negative talk keep you from accomplishing something you wanted to do.
  3. List three times when you had to deal with a teacher you felt wasn’t on your side. What were the results?
  4. How can you better deal with a teacher who seems to not be on your side?

 

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Success Trait: Letting the Right People Help You

Attempting to be a success all alone will work for a while, but I have learned you can’t become the success you desire to be all by yourself. There will be times when you have to grind things out all by your lonesome. But then there will be the times when you will have to identify the right people you need to help your dream of success come true.

To put things another way, would you be in school if someone, years ago, didn’t send you there? Would you even wake up if someone didn’t demand you get your butt out of bed and be productive? Would you even be graduating if teachers didn’t beg you to learn the material so you can pass the class? Would you run as fast if a coach didn’t yell at you to get it moving? Would you swim so well if a coach didn’t scream for you to kick your legs for hours? Would you be playing that instrument if you didn’t have someone in your life demanding you practice until you have the notes correct? Trust me, you have had a lot of right people helping you. You need to view them as such. There is no way people become great in a void. There are only a few people in the history of the world so intrinsically motivated they kept fighting for what they wanted no matter what. Even then, they had something or someone earlier in their life who motivated them. The rest of us have to depend on the right people to help us get to where we want to go. The worst part about being outside of high school is you meet more people who tell you what you want to hear, rather than what is good for you to hear. Many of the high school teachers I know are good at telling kids what they need to hear. No matter how bad it was, teachers are excellent at assessing your situation and continually pushing you to be your best.

When I was coaching, there was no money for an assistant coach, so I had to do it all myself. Since, in a previous coaching stint, I had tasted the sweet nectar of being able to travel to a state championship, I wanted nothing less than that for my new team. During that time as a coach, I did it all by myself. I had very little help, not that I needed or asked for it. I developed the off-season training sessions and postseason workouts, I developed our fund raising program, designed new uniforms, produced all the game videos (you can view this on YouTube under “Pierce Brunson”), and planned senior night. My players had the luxury of just being players, and they excelled. After three years, we had a season that wasn’t up to my expectations and I burned out and quit. Without having the right people in my life to tell me to take a week and chill, I just walked away from the game, and I regretted that decision later on. I did my best to try to save face, but inside I was just bitter.

When you have the right people in your life, they let you be bitter, but they don’t let you do something stupid. They are there to tell you the truth and keep you from acting in a way you will regret.

Respect those working hard to put good information in your brain so you have more to think about than anger or bitterness. The right people will show up if you continue to respect what they are offering.

Let the right people help you with your school work. One of my favorite moments as a teacher is when a student that wasn’t doing so well in class made a decision to become a better student and put in more effort. As their behaviors changed, so did their friends. I noticed when the kids that weren’t doing great wanted to do better, they would ask the better students for help. Nobody is stupid. Once people decide to wake up, and live a successful life, they find any and every way to ask the “smarter” people. It’s amazing that students actually take good advice, but ONLY when they are ready. When you are ready to improve your efforts in life, you have to connect to the right people. You have to ask the students who are good at studying about their study habits. Just like you would find the information to improve in any area, when you want to study better to get better grades, you will find the right people.

By connecting to the right people, you are able to improve your efforts faster because they can tell you the right and wrong ways to study. You know by having better study habits, your grades have a greater chance of improving, so you have to connect to the right people. Connecting to the right people doesn’t mean becoming a burden on them so their grades slip. Your goal is to get enough information you can become self-sufficient, move closer to your desires for success, and, later, help others do the same. Just because you connect once doesn’t mean you will see instant results. Bad habits take time to get rid of. Be patient with yourself and your ability to make positive actions stick.

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos