5 Steps to Being Successful
Materials: Links to assist: Michelle Obama Speech
- Mentors will ask students what they feel ‘success’ means. After all students have shared who feel they’d like to, give them the following definition: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. In other words, achieving what you set out to achieve.
- Ask students to share what they think will lead to success in their own personal goals. Mentors, please provide examples of what has worked for you.
- After sharing, go ahead and share the five steps above using the following scenario as an example: I want to learn to knit mittens
Ask students if they’d like to share something that they would like to learn to do/be better at. Collectively, work as a class to detail the five steps necessary for success in the example provided.
Mentors, consider having a few examples to share in the event that the students don’t feel comfortable sharing. When you have finished discussing the steps, share the above linked video with the students. It’s a great reminder that in order to be successful, you have to be okay failing! We learn from our failures, and that’s okay.
- First, I will have a plan: I will learn to knit. I will set aside the time, gather the materials necessary, and decide what to make.
- Secondly, I will learn all I can about knitting. I will watch videos and learn different techniques while I follow along and practice.
- Next, I will recognize that I will fail and be prepared to try again/change what I need to change in my technique so that I can be successful the next time.
- Fourth, I will celebrate that I have knitted nearly a full mitten without one mistake! I will be happy that I didn’t have to start over.
- Finally, I will be persistent and continue to work towards my success in making a pair of mittens.
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