“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” – Zig Ziglar
Often when we pick up a magazine or tune into the evening news, it appears at times that the whole world is just full of doom and gloom.
As people are frantically trying to live their lives, they can’t even take a few minutes to reflect on whether they are happy or not. Obviously, we are not saying that it is possible to be happy all of the time. But many people manage to live in an overall state of happiness. But how do we achieve this?
When life feels overwhelmingly negative, it is easy to lose sight of how important happiness is. Most of the time people aren’t even aware, that they are the root of their own unhappiness. More importantly, they are completely unaware that it is within their power to change. They don’t understand that happiness comes from within, but that it is a journey, taken one step at a time.
Thoughts of the Day
Feeling happy is vitally important in life. It has many fringe benefits. When you are happy, you tend to attract happy people to you. Happy people tend to be emotionally and physically healthier, more compassionate, creative and energetic. Generally, if you are happy, people tend to want to spend more time with you. When you are surrounded by positive, happy, creative and energetic people you will see that the quality of your life improves. The more you spend with happy positive people the more will find that most of these people are also financially successful too.
Your happiness is not just good for you, it helps the people who are closest to you. Being positive can help others around you feel better about themselves, your family, friends, and colleagues will be happier the more time they spend with you.
When you look at the broader picture, what impact can happy people have on the world at large? Is a happy person more likely to help or hurt his fellow man? If you are contented with your life, you are likely to make someone else miserable. We believe that happiness starts with the smallest step. Instead of starting your day with a negative, why not start it with a very positive thought. Incorporating a thought for the day is a very useful habit. Like most good habits, it is best to learn them at an age. The focus of our website is to help bring the power of positive thinking to our education system.
Thoughts of the Day in January
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.
Every next level of your life will demand a different you.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.
Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.
Don’t tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.
There is no duty underrated as the duty of being happy.
Little by little, one travels far.
Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.
I exist as I am, that is enough.
Today is a wonderful day to have a wonderful day!
Paths are made by walking.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.
Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world.
Time doesn’t heal everything, but it sure does kill everything.
Be yourself–not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.
Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.
We don’t kill time, we just sit around as time kills us.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.
Be brave. Even when you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
Shine with all you have. When someone tries to blow you out, just take their oxygen and burn brighter.
Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Thoughts of the Day in February
I can be a better me than anyone can.
Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.
A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!
Every child is different. They just unwrap their packages at different times.
Cats are proof that looking cute is a really effective survival strategy.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.
A goal that is not planned is a wish; a dream that is not chased is a fantasy.
One moment of patience, in a moment of anger, can save a thousand moments of regret.
The successful warrior is the average man, with laserlike focus.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
We’re hurt more by our own expectations of others than by their actual actions.
Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
He had shown her all the workings of his soul, mistaking this for love.
There is no security in this world. Only opportunity.
When life gives you lemons… you can’t make lemonade. Lemonade is mostly sugar and water, not lemons.
Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it all you’ve got.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
No one reaches a high position without daring.
Raise your words not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers not thunder.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Dreams are your subconscious self talking and getting messages to your conscious self.
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.
Thoughts of the Day in March
Do something every day to move toward your goal. Get going and keep going. Just do it.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.
If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
Life isn’t fair, neither is death.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.
The courage to continue is what distinguishes success from failure.
The more shits life throws at you, the less shit you give about life.
For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Never be too busy to meet someone new.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.
Well done is better than well said.
Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth.
The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
Don’t base your decisions on the advice of those who won’t have to deal with the results.
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.
Let today be the day you learn the grace of letting go and the power of moving on.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
We must act out passion before we can feel it.
The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.
A year from now you may wish you had started today.
Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.
Man is free at the instant he wants to be.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
Surprise yourself every day with your own courage.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
Thoughts of the Day in April
It’s meaning in your life that causes you to have ideas that will help people.
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.
Going halfway never gets you anywhere. Go all the way or don’t go at all.
Not talking at all is a lot better than having a half-assed conversation.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.
The smarter you are, the harder choosing something becomes.
Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.
Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.
Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.
Do what is right, not what is easy.
Positive start will work better than a negative one!
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Push today for what you want tomorrow!
If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
What we spend, we lose. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever.
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Unfortunately common sense has become more of a super power.
Thoughts of the Day in May
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Don’t let winning make you soft. Don’t let losing make you quite. Don’t let your teammates down in any situation.
Look back and be grateful Look ahead and be hopeful Look around and be helpful.
The best revenge is massive success.
It’s a cruel joke how time goes by faster when you’re entertained but goes by slower when you’re bored.
If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
It’s okay to be discouraged. It’s not okay to quit.
If something exists, someone hates it.
I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.
The best way out is always through.
If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind.
If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.
You can be the ripest, juciest peach in the world, and there are still going to be some people who hate peaches.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
Don’t let your struggle become your identity.
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.
Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The easiest way to make people uncomfortable is to ride an elevator facing the wall instead of the door.
If you can dream it you can build it. If you can build it, you can live it.
I learned pretty soon that it was essential to fail and be foolish.
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
We’d achieve more if we chased our dreams instead of our competition.
Pandas are a perfect example that you can still be fat eating salads.
Being an optimist after you’ve got the very thing you want doesn’t count.
You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.
Waking up in a dry bed after dreaming about having a huge pee is one of the few benefits of being a grownup.
Thoughts of the Day in June
We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Drinking 8 glasses of water per day seems insane but drinking 8 beers in 2 hours is absolutely do able.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
Your life is short. You have no clue when this ride will end. Stay present and live fearlessly.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.
True laziness is memorising how many minutes fast or slow your clock is, rather than changing it.
Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.
May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect.
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Most people that say they don’t like reading probably spend all day on their phone reading.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you’ll be a success.
Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
Mistakes are the stairs we climb to reach success.
When the need to succeed is as bad as the need to breathe, then you’ll be successful.
I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
I’m so busy I don’t know whether I found a rope or lost my horse.
You might have dodged death without realizing it just by doing something like bending down.
If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
On a sleepless night, it’s cruel how deeply tired we become 30 minutes before the alarm goes off.
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
Thoughts of the Day in July
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.
Find your spirit, and no challenge will keep you from achieving your goals.
When you try to avoid being awkward, you end up looking more awkward in situations.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
If you’re creating anything at all, it’s really dangerous to care about what people think.
You are actually invisible when nobody is watching you.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Knowledge is being able to destroy someone with an insult, wisdom is not doing it because it’s not nice.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Success will not lower its standard to us. We must raise our standard to success.
You can ignore time, but it will never ignore you.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.
I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.
The older you become the less of a deterrent a life sentence becomes.
Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.
Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.
It’s ironic how much things we get done while procrastinating at the same time too.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Thoughts of the Day in August
With the new day come new thoughts and new strengths.
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
When you know better, you do better.
If you want to be more powerful in life, educate yourself. It’s that simple.
Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Owning a mistake is greater than faking perfection.
When you talk, you are only repeating something you know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.
Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.
Live in Now. Make Now the most precious time because Now will never come again.
Success is the sum of several small efforts repeated often day in and day out.
If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.
You will never have this day again. So make it count!
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.
Push yourself because, No one else is going to do it for you.
We make our choices. Then our choices make us.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.
Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.
Today is a great day to learn something new.
The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Difficult roads leads to beautiful destinations.
The more you give away the happier you become.
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Every day may not be good. But there is something good in every day.
Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
Thoughts of the Day in September
If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit.
Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
It is difficult for a student to pick a good teacher, but it is more difficult for a teacher to pick a good Student.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come yet. We have only today. Let us begin.
The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.
Practice like you never won, perform like you never lost.
Be yourself, for everybody else is already taken.
You can turn your ordinary personality into a human magnet just through constant thankfulness.
You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.
Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Bad attitude is like a flat tire, you won’t go anywhere till you change it.
Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
Don’t let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart.
Action is the fundamental key to success.
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.
You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.
The expert in anything was once a beginner.
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Life gives us new lessons each day not for learning but to improve our understanding.
Preparation is the key to success.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
To succeed in your mission, you must have a single minded devotion towards your goal.
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
You can’t direct the wind but you can adjust the sails.
Thoughts of the Day in October
The only real luxury is time, it doesn’t come back.
Forget the mistake, remember the lesson.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Talent without working hard is nothing.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.
A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.
Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.
A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.
Be positive, patient and persistent. And you will be successful.
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
Learning is a treasure that will follow it’s owner everywhere.
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
Always keep in mind you are unique – just like everybody else.
The future depends on what we do in the present.
If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Never give up something that you really want. It is difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret.
You are capable of amazing things.
Sometimes there are no second chances, No time outs, No next time, Sometimes its NOW or NEVER!
I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.
Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest.
If today you are a little better than yesterday, then it’s enough.
Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Mistakes are proof that you are trying.
Never speak bad about yourself.
The pain you feel today is the strength you will feel tomorrow.
You learn something every day if you pay attention.
Doing nothing is a great way to change nothing.
Thoughts of the Day in November
You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.
Teachers open the door, but you must open yourself.
Discipline is doing what needs to be done even if you don’t want to do it.
Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think!
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Make your dreams happen. Magic is real.
Only real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.
It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.
You don’t always get what you wish for; you get what you work for.
Inhale courage, exhale fear.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.
The deepest and most overlooked truth is that innovation cannot happen without failures.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell them “Certainly I CAN” then get busy and find out how to do it.
Never let your fear decide what your future will be.
Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.
There is a huge difference between a dog that is going to eat you in your mind and an actual dog that’s going to eat you.
Courage is like a muscle; it is strengthened by use.
It doesn’t matter what others are doing. It matters what you are doing.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Make your vision so clear that your fears become irrelevant.
Thoughts of the Day in December
Everyone is a reader. Some just haven’t found their favorite book yet.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.
The best thing about telling the truth my child is that you don’t have to remember what you said.
We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.
You can be anything you want in this world. Just don’t be ungrateful.
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
The real test of character is how you treat the people you do not have to be nice to.
Your attitude determines your direction.
My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar Him.
You can tell a lot about a person’s character by what they laugh at.
If you want a different result, make a different choice.
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
You don’t have to perfect to be amazing.
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra.
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Be big enough to admit, encourage and admire the abilities people who are better than you.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
A beautiful life begins with a beautiful mind.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Fear can hold you prisoner and hope will set you free.
Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
Be the type of person you want to meet.
Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.
Strive for progress, not perfection.
The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping-stone is how high you raise your foot.
Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.
Every day is something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
How to Integrate Thoughts of the Day into the School Day
The time children spend in education and with their teachers have a huge and lasting impact on them. A teacher’s role is not only to impart the knowledge of academic skills, but fostering a student’s confidence and self esteem is equally as important. An educator should take as many opportunities as possible to reinforce his or her students’ self esteem, in the classroom and throughout the school. Happy students are productive students. They tend to learn at a more accelerated rate and are motivated to help others to learn.
Thoughts of the day and the school assembly
This is the ideal opportunity to impact the lives of your students. Assembly occurs before any classes take place. Take this opportunity to build a positive atmosphere in the school. Choose your words carefully, pick words that provoke thoughts, invoke an image in the minds of the students that can make a difference.
The power of words is undeniable. Life and death hang in the balance. Words can either create or destroy. If your words serve as a provocation or a call to action, they might change the minds and thus the lives of some of the students present.
Remember, you can linger in the hearts and minds of these young people for a lifetime, long after they leave the security of the school’s walls. Remember the assembly provides an opportunity to reach many more students than a single classroom ever will. Focus on reaching one student. That student can then help reach others in the assembly. If you can manage this at every assembly, within a matter of months you can begin to positively impact the whole environment of the school.
Thoughts of the day for Teachers
Before a school can become a positive influence on its students, it needs to do the same for its teachers. If you are in charge of the students, try and create an environment where teachers arrive early and meet before the school assembles. These meetings should be focused on creating a positive, supportive and happy teaching environment. A teaching community that is happy and positive can have a huge influence impact on its school. How can you expect students to be happy to learn from a teacher who is miserable? Thoughts of the day can foster a positive, can-do attitude among your teaching staff. Teachers should lead by example, bringing a positive attitude to their interactions with their fellow teachers, parents and most importantly their students.
Thoughts of the day can be used for younger kids too. Even though they have a limited vocabulary, they can learn through song, dance and total physical response. Fostering a positive, can-do attitude at such a young age will stand to children for the rest of the lives. Children are never too young to experience the power of positive thoughts.
Fostering a positive attitude among your students
Negativity is a huge barrier to success in students. It surrounds them and prevents them from achieving the most simple goals. It can prevent them from accomplishing anything in life. Negative thoughts in the classroom can hold a student back from reaching their potential. By fostering a positive attitude in their classroom, teachers can play a huge role in their students’ lives. Watch the difference in students when they take the simple step of just starting to believe in themselves. Introduce some Thoughts of the Day into your classroom environment, ask the students to debate its meaning and how it could impact their lives. Any interaction with their parents should be focused on getting them on the same page and offer them a chance to witness the change in their child first hand.
Practical Tips to Inspire Optimism
How to create a positive environment in your school and classroom
It is a fact that positivism can impact your emotional, mental and physical health. Here are some tips to help your students think and act in a positive manner.
Lead by example
Be a positive role model for your students. Act in an encouraging, optimistic manner, if you believe your students will. Your level of positivism directly impacts the results you will see among your students. If they witness others improving when they follow your example, they are more likely to copy and seek the same results. The classroom should encourage optimism in all things, create practical experiments that demonstrate how happiness and positivism impact your success.
Sometimes you are all the example your students need. Don’t be afraid to share a personal goal with your students and stay positive in sharing your journey with them. Show them how optimism can create an environment for happiness and how positivism directly influences the success rate, of any set goal you may have. We all know that seeing is believing, and there’s no better role model to demonstrate success than you. Your students are more likely to succeed when tackling the challenges of academic life when they are learning in a positive environment.
Visualization is extremely useful if students are more likely to succeed when they are encouraged to only see a positive outcome from the start. Setting regular goals with your students to ensure that they know what success looks like. Start with simple goals and build more complicated and difficult ones. Set a series of rewards so students learn a valuable lesson. Get them to discuss how does it feel to be successful? Why is this important, why does it matter?
Statements such as “I can’t” need to be eliminated from the classroom. When a student uses it, the best advice is to take a step back and ask them questions such as “What makes you think this?”, “Can I help you?” or “Do you know what you need to be able to do it?”. When you react to negativity in this manner, it encourages a positive open relationship in the classroom. Once your student provides you with a viable answer, formulate a plan to get the whole class involved in building a “We can” environment.
Focus on creating positive thought patterns in the classroom
As you highlight the negative aspects of the classroom environment to your students, ensure that you focus on replacing the negatives with positives. This process has to be relentless. All negatives need to be rejected in favor of a positive. This could be considered as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It has proven to change people’s behavior and thinking that is directly linked to specific learning difficulties. The more you pursue this process, the more your students’ thoughts and actions will change from negative to positive.
Play an active supporting role in your students’ transformation
Become their biggest fans. As their teacher, you will have to be aware of the influence of your thoughts, words, and actions on the confidence of your entire classroom. Students who do not believe in themselves need to have someone who believes in them, someone who accepts them for who they are and is encouraging them to change their destructive behavior. Simply because you know it is their best interest. As your students follow this path, they will grow in self-belief developing positive thoughts and actions.
Never lose sight of the fact that with any behavior modification, rewards are an important cog in the wheel of success. This will prove to be a massively motivating factor. Remember that they will not always succeed, so teaching them to deal with failures is equally important. How to switch off the low feelings and recover to the highs that success brings. The success of your journey lies firmly in teaching the students how to react. So rewards will be crucial to refocus the students on the positive pathway.
Building this type of everyday environment in the classroom can be helped by introducing thoughts of the day for students at the start of every day. They can help not alone improve student outlook about themselves, but also their perceptions of their classmates. The class can start to build an environment that fosters and motivates children to continue their progress and strive to attain and surpass their goals may it be as individuals, group, personal or academic.
It is vital that these strategies are incorporated into a weekly routine. At the end of each week, you should find some time to reflect on the success of your work. Every few weeks, students should be encouraged to reflect on their own achievements and how this new attitude has impacted their lives if any. Which is more fun, feeling negative or positive? Which answer is more productive, saying “I can” or “I can’t”?
Remember that for this to succeed, one needs to be fully committed to the cause because this will prove extremely rewarding for you as a teacher. It will help you develop the skills needed to become a better teacher. For you to maintain your positive attitude, you need to implement some positive changes in your life. You will need to do a lot of reflection on yourself, but more importantly, on your students. This will involve some extracurricular work yourself. Remember that this is a process, and like all great journeys, they start with a single step.
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