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

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 , 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,, and

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Thinking vs. Believing by Pierce Brunson

Thinking vs. Believing by Pierce Brunson

On my walk this morning I was faced with realizing that my life was, again, at a turning point. There is nothing like starting a business and working it but there is also nothing like starting a lifestyle and working it. Within the last few months my thoughts have moved from career to lifestyle in such a way that there seems to be another mass of information I need to process in order to fully understand my journey.

This morning I was thinking about my actions and what I believed about my abilities. As I am moving into the motivational speaking for high schools part of my lifestyle change I have been challenged on my beliefs (since kids can sense BS). I believe in my mission but there are times where thinking gets in the way. I have noticed that there are distinct differences between thinking and believing.

1. Thinking is easy to mold and shape like clay. Beliefs are very concrete and require a destruction of their foundation to change. This is why it takes people, including myself, to make the right changes for our life (even when the thoughts of what to do show up).

2. Thinking the same thing over time solidifies our beliefs even if we don’t realize the small bits of bad information are hardening to our belief system. Like barnacles or plaque we don’t notice until it is too late.

3. We have more power over our thinking very early in our lives than we believe. This is why kids are ready to take on the world at a young age, the belief of failure hasn’t taken hold yet. I believe we need to help students fight this negative thought building before it sets in.

4. You have to surround yourself with life thinkers if you want to change. This is why high school is so powerful. Every adult there is rooting on kids and willing to work with the students to see them succeed/ graduate. Even if you have a not so great home life school is a refuge for so many. The reason is that high school is all about being and achieving success (graduation). The world after graduation isn’t so supportive. You have to FIND the right people to get support while being the right person to give support.

5. Thinking my shape us but belief causes our actions. We only act on our belief system. Point blank, period. As the saying goes “Whether you can or can’t, both are equally true.”

Take some time this week to think and challenge your thinking about yourself and start to remove thought plaque from your belief system. You will have to do some work but you will find that a positive belief system is what you have always desired. Share, comment, follow.

I will start a video series on Thinking vs. Believing for high school students on 4/10/2014 on my YouTube page here


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