Wake Up Ready to Succeed

Expectations are crucial when it comes to how your day is going to go. Many people think so poorly of their day before they have even have breakfast. How do you get out of bed in the morning? Are you up and ready to go? Do you tell yourself you aren’t a morning person? Do you need to get up earlier to get motivated? No matter the time you awake, you should always rise knowing you will make a positive mark on the world. Many students wake up with negative thoughts about school and the possibilities of anything great happening. They are almost in shock that something good can come out of a day when they are forced to go to school and learn something they don’t like learning about. These students lack the understanding that the day is full of many types of possibilities, but having the mindset of positivity helps focus on the good that is happening, rather than the bad. If bad does happen, you now have an opportunity to make some good out of it. Most people don’t have tragic days. Tragedy is different, and out of your control. However, a positive attack on the day to accomplish your personal desires is always closer than you think.

By waking up ready to succeed, you have the opportunity to add more fun in your life. You see the world very differently, and are willing to put in the work to make your desires come true. There is nothing magical to it. By waking up ready to succeed, you develop an expectation that the day will move you closer to your goals. You will start to notice that many “smaller” issues stay small, and don’t become bigger, because the way you are dealing with them.

Wake up ready to succeed by taking 30 minutes the night before to prepare. Before you end your day, take a few minutes to think about the next day and its possibilities. I write down all the things I want to accomplish the next day on a small notepad. I wake up knowing that I have a great day planned, and if I accomplish many of the things on the list, then I will be continuing on my successful lifestyle journey. Don’t worry, there are plenty of days where the list is too long and the hours are too short. There are days when I complete the entire list, and there are the days when the list creates more things than I can do. The idea is to limit being busy doing things that don’t matter, and use your best energy to work on the things that do.

Creating a list isn’t about being perfect every day; it is about focusing your actions to create the life you desire. The list is directing your energy toward the things that will deliver the most return. The list can also be looked at, and changed, as you see fit.

 

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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Work Ethic Chapter 3 Plan for Tomorrow Questions

The questions are from each chapter of my book called Work Ethic. They are designed to create thought so that you will be able to focus on the desires you see yourself accomplishing in your lifetime. Answer the questions as best as you can and then get to work accomplishing the construction of your personal desires.

The Prepared Lifestyle

1. Where are you spending a bulk of your free time?

2. Outside of school, how much time do you spend on the things that will help you achieve your goals vs. things that waste time?

3. How much time per week can you dedicate to doing the things that will lead to the results you want?

4. Can you partner with someone, or have a person check on your progress, as you remove time-wasters from your life?

5. What results do you expect to see when you remove time-wasters and use time more productively?

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

 

Work Ethic Chapter 3 Prepare for Tomorrow, Today

When I was a high school teacher, I would assign a project where my freshmen would share the things they wanted to accomplish in life. Students were not only to share what they wanted to accomplish, or attain, but show it in pictures. At the time, I knew it was good to visualize what you wanted in life, but I didn’t understand the true value of knowing and going for what you want. When you accomplish a few things, you tend to stop asking bigger and bolder actions of yourself. Looking back on those projects, I know there were some bold actions those students wanted to do. I wonder if they accomplished them, or fell into a life of good enough. At this point in your high school career, you have to ask the bold questions that will lead you to the real desires of your heart. You don’t need to know the exact steps, but you do need to develop a specific direction.

These thoughts will jump-start your thinking and actions so you are working on goals that will lead you toward your desires. What are the steps to get to your goals when you don’t have the specifics? Daily, you should take 20 minutes and visualize what you need to do and what you want to accomplish the next day as it relates to your long-term goals. At the end of your day, take time to visualize how the next day will go, and make a list of things you need to accomplish. Doing the status quo will lead to an end point, but those accomplishments may benefit someone else more than they benefit you. By taking a few minutes to prepare for tomorrow, while living in the present, you assure yourself a road map to follow as your journey unfolds.

There are many ways to prepare for tomorrow, today. Saving some of your money will ensure you have cash when something you really want comes along. As an entrepreneur, I have to constantly plan for tomorrow. Most of my actions are done for me to accomplish what I really desire in the future. As I have improved my thoughts, it is easy for me to delay spending a few dollars a day on food and making the choice to eat at home. My actions are designed for me to achieve something in the future.

Think of today as the opportunity to accomplish your immediate goals, and to get one step ahead on your future goals. When I was teaching, I would remind my students that today is filled with opportunity to either get ahead, or fall behind. Taking today to prep for tomorrow isn’t as hard as it seems. Just take a short period of time, say 20 minutes, and plan for the next day as it connects to your accomplishments.

Prepare for tomorrow by understanding your desires for success will help move you into action. I have worked with many students that have truly wanted to be more successful in school and in life. These thoughts were exciting and scary at the same time. Much of what students experience regarding the future is related to a lack of confidence in accomplishing their goals. Talk is cheap, yet we give so much credit to some of the best talkers in our society. Don’t set yourself up to only be a talker. Face your desires with truth, and get to work on yourself so you can accomplish them one day. How do you know what you want to accomplish? How do you know what success is? This is the advice I received, and still use to this day. Success is very personal, and it is totally up to you to decide what your life will look like. This means you may not make a million dollars, but if you are doing the things you desire a high percentage of the time, you may call that successful. The beauty of your life and mine is that I get to define what I believe as successful, and so do you. Are there some general rules to our society? Sure. However, to each their own if they don’t want to live by those rules.

If you take the time to soul search and listen to your desires you will be able to take the appropriate actions to achieve what you want. Even if your actions take you in the wrong direction, your desire for success will help you to correct the mistakes and keep pushing toward a better future for yourself. There is no way you are going to get through this life without making mistakes. Most will be small, but there will be a few big ones in there.

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

 

Work Ethic Chapter 2 Plan to Win Questions

The questions are from each chapter of my book called Work Ethic. They are designed to create thought so that you will be able to focus on the desires you see yourself accomplishing in your lifetime. Answer the questions as best as you can and then get to work accomplishing the construction of your personal desires.

The Plan to Win Lifestyle

1. Name three things you can do to achieve your successful lifestyle, even when you aren’t confident you will achieve what you desire.

2. List two groups you could join that would help you learn more about your goals and interests.

3. List all of the Plan B’s you currently believe would work for you. Which ones can you eliminate?

4. What is your Plan A? What do you need to improve to accomplish it? Do you understand the lifestyle that would go along with that plan?

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

Work Ethic Chapter 2 Plan to Win

From here on out, preparation will be a major key to your success or failure. The second component is execution, but in order for the execution to be successful, there must be a plan. Making the best plan you can make, then getting it done will do more for your success goals and self-esteem than 1,000 hours of positive self-help book reading. The plan you create is, essentially, a road map to where you desire to go. You don’t have to know every step of the way, but you must know there will be steps– plenty of them. You must plan as much as possible so you have an understanding of the task at hand. The right planning may help you see you may not really want to pursue a particular goal after all.

Plan to win by knowing your real desires and what you want to accomplish. One of the things that puzzled me early in my teaching career were students that didn’t hard, even when their parents were taking away privileges and staying on their case about making better grades. I have been in those kids’ shoes as a high school student. My parents stayed on my back about getting the best grades I could so I could go and “be something”– whatever that meant.   I sat through many parent conferences where the parents promised the kids would do better work, then the teachers would ask the kid about doing better work and the kid would promise to do better work – without coercion. For many years, I found myself in teacher conferences making the same promises of grandeur that kids have made for decades. I made them just to get the pain of my parents and teachers to stop, even if it meant I would mess up a week later.

It still puzzles me to this day why I did it, and why other students do it. Why do we say stuff we don’t mean, and never say what we really mean? I remember those conferences. They would cause me to pick it up a little bit, but in reality, the C grade was cool with me. After years of sitting in conferences, knowing the kid was lying and he wasn’t going to improve, I started to ask better questions of the students in inquisition. While I was in high school, all I cared about was playing baseball (successfully) and being social. Out of all my teachers, only my art teacher found a way to connect my baseball playing to classwork. During my senior year, Mr. Johnson approached me with an opportunity to strengthen my hands so I could be a better baseball player. It was throwing 25 pounds of clay on the wheel and forming it into pots, bowls, or vases. All he had to do was make the connection and I was all in. I believe he knew my real desires (baseball success) and how to connect it to what his class had to offer. I believe he realized that in order for me to focus, he had to connect to me somehow. As a high school student, you have to know what you really want to accomplish. I realize not every student will have a teacher help them connect what they really want to do with class work, so sometimes you have to do that for yourself. How does what you really want to do connect to your math or science classes? The moment you can start to do challenging work for yourself is when you start to head down your own path. You have to take the time to find out what your real desires are, or you will be unmotivated to do the crap work that comes along with being successful.

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

Work Ethic: Decide Now Chapter 1 Questions

The questions are from each chapter of my book called Work Ethic. They are designed to create thought so that you will be able to focus on the desires you see yourself accomplishing in your lifetime. Answer the questions as best as you can and then get to work accomplishing the construction of your personal desires.

The Decision Lifestyle

1. Name three things you think define a successful lifestyle.

2. What does a successful lifestyle look like to you?

3. What three things can you decide on, today, that would help you move closer to building your successful lifestyle?

4. What three things are you doing on a daily basis that will help you to achieve a successful lifestyle?

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

Work Ethic: Chapter 1 Decide Now

Decide Now

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. In fact, every day when you wake up will be the first day of the rest of your life. Every day you have the opportunity to make better decisions than you did the day before. You also have the opportunity to make incredibly worse decisions than you did the day before. Decisions should be based on the direction you believe your life should go. This road isn’t going to be filled with perfect times. Once I realized my desired direction, I quickly learned that the road that will lead you to success will be almost entirely imperfect.

There was this crazy time in my life where I thought I would find passion. I didn’t know, however, that passion isn’t something you can find; passion is something you have. You can have it for anything. Have you ever talked with someone who had a strange job, yet you knew they were perfect for it? They shared their passion for the thing they were doing every day. Well, that could be you, but you have to decide. Yes, I enjoy helping high school students and talking with them to work toward the better future they desire, but if no one wanted my services, or if everyone hated my books, I would have to make a decision whether or not I was going to continue to put my passionate energy into something with no return. Ever wonder why people get tired of their job? I don’t believe they hate the job; they just dislike the things they do every day. When it became job time, they didn’t ask themselves any hard questions like, “In three years, am I going to still love it here, or hate it?” These are the things you have to ask yourself if you are going to make the best decisions for you. Sometimes we hate our jobs after a few years because the challenge to learn something new isn’t there, and we think the world owes us discovery. If you get a job, you are agreeing to do what they need you to do in exchange for an agreed upon return. That return is cash and some benefits you may feel are worth your time. This cash helps you purchase the things you desire to have in your life. The more cash you have, the more you can purchase. That is why the term “high paying” job is used so often when talking to high school students. That buzz word seems to make everything about jobs better because of the money, but they aren’t true. Everyone has a price, but that price must be one you can live with. For me, the price of my positive life outlook wasn’t worth staying in the classroom. I knew if I could figure out a way, I could help more students, and that is what my heart really desired.

The best thing you can do is learn what you want out of a situation. Trust me on this. You have to know that if you want to be the boss, the last thing that will happen is your boss giving up their job for you. The system doesn’t work like that, so don’t stay in a job that won’t let you be the boss, even if you have the skills to do so. Find another job that will give you the things you desire.

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