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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Life Mapping: A Vision of Success

Life Mapping: A Vision of Success

Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. Planning for success is about mapping out all the aspects of your life. Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route.

Origin: Who you are

A map has a starting point. Your origin is who you are right now. Most people when asked to introduce themselves would say, “Hi, I’m Jean and I am a 17-year old, senior highschool student.” It does not tell you about who Jean is; it only tells you her present preoccupation. To gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses. Upon introspection, Jean realized that she was highly motivated, generous, service-oriented, but impatient. Her inclination was in the biological-medical field. Furthermore, she believed that life must serve a purpose, and that wars were destructive to human dignity.

Destination: A vision of who you want to be

“Who do want to be?” this is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer idea of who you want to be; and the things you want to change whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. Your destination should cover all the aspects of your being: the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Continuing Jean’s story, after she defined her beliefs, values, and principles in life, she decided that she wanted to have a life dedicated in serving her fellowmen.

Vehicle: Your Mission

A vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. It can be analogized to your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself. Bases on Jean’s self-assessment, she decided that she was suited to become a doctor, and that she wanted to become one. Her chosen vocation was a medical doctor. Describing her vision-mission fully: it was to live a life dedicated to serving her fellowmen as a doctor in conflict-areas.

Travel Bag: Your knowledge, skills, and attitude

Food, drinks, medicines, and other travelling necessities are contained in a bag. Applying this concept to your life map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. Given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way. This two-fold assessment will give you insights on your landmarks or measures of success. Jean realized that she needed to gain professional knowledge and skills on medicine so that she could become a doctor. She knew that she was a bit impatient with people so she realized that this was something she wanted to change.

Landmarks and Route: S.M.A.R.T. objectives

Landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. Thus, in planning out your life, you also need to have landmarks and a route. These landmarks are your measures of success. These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a master’s degree and a doctorate degree within a period of three years, since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years. Going back to Jean as an example, she identified the following landmarks in her life map: completing a bachelor’s degree in biology by the age of 21; completing medicine by the age of 27; earning her specialization in infectious diseases by the age of 30; getting deployed in local public hospitals of their town by the age of 32; and serving as doctor in war-torn areas by the age of 35.

Anticipate Turns, Detours, and Potholes

The purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way. But oftentimes our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control. Like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes thus; we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking

More than One Way to Skin a Cat: Adventures in Creative Thinking

How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem – and that that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem laying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No solutions.

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain – large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you're hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!

With some creative problem-solving techniques you may be able to look at your problem in a different light. And that light might just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.

First of all, in the light of creative problem-solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Now, with this optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little bit more creative in solving our problems.

Number one; maybe the reason we cannot solve our problems is that we have not really taken a hard look at what the problem is. Here, trying to understanding the problem and having a concrete understanding of its workings is integral solving the problem. If you know how it works, what the problem is, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

Not trying to make the simple statement of what problem is. Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships with one another are. Take note of the things you stand to gain any stand to lose from the current problem. Now you have a simple statement of what the problem is.

Number two; try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have the words of problem. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

Number three; try to solve the problem by parts. Solve it going from general view towards the more detailed parts of the problem. This is called the top-down approach. Write down the question, and then come up with a one-sentence solution to that from them. The solution should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here you can develop the solution further, and increase its complexity little by little.

Number four; although it helps to have critical thinking aboard as you solve a problem, you must also keep a creative, analytical voice at the back of your head. When someone comes up with a prospective solution, tried to think how you could make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that solution.

Number five; it pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at one time. Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

Number six; remember that old adage," two heads are better than one." That one is truer than it sounds. Always be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from listening to all the ideas each person has. This is especially true when the person you're talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.

You don't have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thought on the subject, it would be much better.

Number seven; be patient. As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.

Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your quest be a more creative problems solver.

Here is one example.

Take a piece of paper and write any word that comes to mind at the center. Now look at that word then write the first two words that come to your mind. This can go on until you can build a tree of related words. This helps you build analogical skills, and fortify your creative processes.

So, next time you see a problem you think you can not solve, think again. The solution might just be staring you right in the face. All it takes is just a little creative thinking, some planning, and a whole lot of work.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008



No matter what you sell, you will inevitably face rejections and refusals, but learning to see “No” as valuable feedback can take your sales to a new level. Regardless of how often we hear “no” it’s a tough thing to take.

Over the years, I’ve had as many rejections as anyone else, especially as an author who doesn’t have a “celebrity” name. Here are some ways I’ve learned to cope with this situation:

It’s only their opinion – When someone tells us that what we’re attempting can’t be done, we tend to think they’re right. What I’ve learned is to look at that “no” as just that person’s opinion. It isn’t good or bad; it’s just data coming in to me. I can analyze it and make my next move smarter. What I’ve received is valuable feedback that can help me to find a new and different approach.

Don’t let a “no” undermine your confidence, your belief in the value of your product, idea, book, or your ability. Go out and resell it again!

Don’t get defensive – It’s OK to get angry when rejected, what’s not OK is to make excuses or try to persuade the other party that they are wrong. Use your anger to get yourself going again, let that “no” create a sense of urgency to find a better way.

Take action to prove that the other person is wrong. Instead of getting depressed when rejected, take up the challenge, and vow to solve the problem and demonstrate that you were in the right all along.

Let history be your guide – If people are laughing at your ideas, ask yourself why that might be. Is your idea just ahead of its time? Or is it because you haven’t expressed your concept well enough, or demonstrated to prospects how they’re going to benefit in the long term? Understand that it takes time for every new idea, product to gain acceptance. When Alexander Graham Bell said he had found a way for people living thousands of miles apart to communicate, other people scoffed and said it couldn’t be done. The rest as they say is history. Examples like this one teach you that other people who have been laughed at and told “no” have managed not only to achieve their goals, but also to surpass them.

In the past, hearing “no” from a prospective client or publisher would have sent me into a tailspin. Now, I try to embrace the rejection, and take that information to see what I can learn from it. Doing so lets me come out stronger every time. It will do the same for you.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Motivation - Developing Persistence and The Motivation For Success

Motivation - Developing Persistence and The Motivation For Success
By Abraham Adeseye

Motivation is a primary factor in success. Performance equals ability, opportunity and motivation. Motivation is very important because having the talent to do something is not the same as doing it. Even when the opportunity arises, a person's motivation changes from situation to situation and over time.

Motivation is the:-

* internal state or condition that activates behaviour and gives it direction;

* desire or want that energizes and directs goal-oriented behaviour;

* influence of needs and desires on the intensity and direction of behaviour.

To achieve success is to be able to persist until success is achieved. Motivation refers to the forces acting either on or within a person to initiate behaviour. The word is derived from the Latin term motivus (a moving cause). Though one can be motivated by external causes, to be successful, it is the motivation that comes from within that really makes the difference.

Are you genuinely interested in being successful? Have you set realistic goals for yourself? Have you got the interest and the desire? Can you develop the internal motivation that really counts? Are you prepared to take action? When it comes to motivation, knowing is not as important as doing. It is the doing that counts.

You must be prepared to fight all the enemies of motivation and go forward to the success that you truly desire. Only 1 out of 100 people achieve the success that they desire. This is because 99 out of 100 people give up and only 1 out of 100 people stay the course. You must be determined that you are going to be among the 1 percent who persevere.

Abraham Adeseye is a trained lawyer, speaker and author. He has over 10 years experience as a life coach. He is the owner of

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mid Year Student Motivation Tips

Mid Year Student Motivation Tips
By Reg Adkins

Student Motivation List

At this time of year many of our students have begun to loose focus, and interest begins to wane. As a result off-task behaviors begin to rise and classroom disruptions increase and we miss out on quite a bit of instructional time as we deal with these issues.

It may be helpful (especially with the males in your classroom) to take this opportunity to build into our instruction some items of high interest.

To that end, I am attaching to this message one of the surveys I provide students who have behavior challenges in an effort to find out some of their motivating factors. Feel free to add to, remove or modify the list as you see fit. Uses can be as simple as counting soccer balls instead of oranges during math class, or building the topics into your writing prompts.

Here is the list:

Airport tour




Auto mechanics

Auto dealerships


Barbecue party




Bike/Hike Trail


Board games



Buy a car, how to

Camping trip


Car wash

Career clinic





Cave exploring

Child care

Civil defense

College or University visit



Community service

Conservation project


Court Session




Diet and nutrition

Disabled citizen assistance



Drug abuse/alcoholism

Emergency preparedness



Fire safety

First aid training







Government officials

Ham radio


History, town

History, family trace

Horseback riding


Hunter safety


Industry, local


Job interview skills


Jumping rope


Leadership skills

Lifesaving, swimming

Martial arts


Model building

Morality, ethics




Music listening


Nature walks

Newsletter writing


Outdoor living

Part-time jobs


Physical fitness


Plants and wildlife

Plays produce


Power station

Public speaking





Road rally

Rock climbing


Saving money



Senior citizen assistance




Slide show, plan a





Sports medicine

Sports safety

State capitol

Summer jobs

Television station



Video games





Weather bureau

Wilderness survival

Winter sports




Let me know if you have any questions.


Reg Adkins in a specialist in behaviors and emotional issues. He holds a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters in educational administration. He is certified in numerous educational fields including exceptional student education. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of faith based counseling with a high focus on human temperament analysis and counseling.

Monday, August 11, 2008

What Is Extrinsic Student Motivation?

What Is Extrinsic Student Motivation?
By Ray Andrew Platinum Quality Author

This is no different for students, they need some kind of motivation to do their homework and study, however sometimes that is a difficult task. Usually if a student loves what he is doing or likes the topic that he is studying, he will not have problem getting motivated.

The problem is that many students especially at high school don't like some of the subjects they have to study everyday, so they just do the minimum work to pass the class. To increase their performance the teacher needs to find ways to actively motivate them.

Extrinsic motivation

When we are talking about extrinsic motivation we are referring to external motivators like incentives and rewards, this is the most common way that teachers and leaders use to increase the performance of their people.

Some common extrinsic student motivators are:

Giving extra points for doing a good work

Let the student exempt an exam

Giving a grade for their knowledge

Punish the student for bad performance

Giving a reward to the best performing group

Those are some of the common extrinsic motivators for students. However, the teacher needs to find creative ways to motivate them beyond rewards and incentives. The most effective kind of motivation is intrinsic motivation, which means that the student has a real interest in learning the subject.

Some creative ways to motivate students could be to challenge them, let them debate, let them challenge your views, present live case studies, interact with them with questions and answers and many other ways.

If a student is not motivated he will not perform in most cases, the teacher has to actively find ways to motivate them and create an interest in his class.

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How to Increase Student Motivation?

How to Increase Student Motivation?
By Ray Andrew Platinum Quality Author

As students grow up it becomes more difficult for them to concentrate on the subject and they get distracted more easily with their adolescent problems. So at high school it becomes a challenge for teachers to keep students attention.

To keep their attention, teachers have to increase student motivation and they need to do it in creative ways. Teachers can not rely just on their speech in class to make students pay attention, they need to engage their students mind in the subject of study.

Teachers need to create an environment of collaboration and interactivity to keep students motivated and engage in the class activities. But how do yo actually increase the students motivation?

There are several creative ways that you can use, for example if you want them to do homework, give them something creative and interesting to do, instead of just studying a lesson, make them make a presentation and debate with the other groups of the classroom.

Students will become more engage in the subject if you can create controversy and encourage different points of view. Challenge them to come up with creative solutions or alternative solutions to what is already established.

Let them create what if? scenarios and create alternative solutions, give them rewards for the best investigations and work done. Grades are not enough motivation for them, you have to make it fun, you need to engage them in a challenge.

Other kind of solutions to keep students motivated is to use let them know that at the end of the class you will make a lesson or that you will ask random questions to them. These methods can work, but is more a scare technique that works just short term.

Do you want to learn other ways to increase motivation in your life and in any other person, then you need to visit us here: articles on self motivation at You can also read about: child self motivation

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Learn to Say No - So You Can Say a Bigger Yes to Life!

Learn to Say No - So You Can Say a Bigger Yes to Life!
By Bo Sanchez

Difficult People Will Teach You How To Build Your Boundaries

If you're an approval addict or people-pleaser like me, I'm writing this especially to you.
You see, I'm a person who didn't like saying "No". For the longest time, that word wasn't even in my vocabulary. For years, I never showed my anger to anyone. After years of smiling even if I was offended, there came a point when I didn't even feel anger anymore. I simply shut it out of my life. (Believe me, I thought I was very holy because of this. Not realizing I was emotionally a mess deep within.) I had an approval addiction so powerful, it ruled every decision I made.
Why? Because I was desperate for people to like me. When someone didn't like me, I died within.
I didn't love myself. I had an abysmal low-self worth. So I tried to please everyone in every way.
I abhorred any kind of conflict. Oh yes, I was a mess. And one of the ways of making them love me was to always say "Yes." I never knew that saying "Yes" all the time was actually saying "No" to an abundant life. So I tolerated all the difficult people and emotional vampires on the planet: Control-Freaks. Drama-Queens. Nut-Cases. Rage-aholics. Irresponsible Jerks. Hyper-sensitive people. Possessive Parasites. You name the difficult person, I pleased each one of them-just to keep the peace. But the false peace came with a price: I was throwing away myinner peace. My self-respect. My self-worth. Let me tell you one story...

Build Your Boundaries-

So You Could Welcome People As Guests Through The Gate, Not Thieves That Run Amok Through Your Life. Billy (not his real name) was a friend who invited me to become a business partner in one of his ventures. But he had a weakness: He was a controller. He wanted to control me. He wanted to control everyone. The sun and moon and stars included. For a while, I lived with it. I chalked it up as one of those inconveniences of life, lumped up with Manila traffic, the humidity of the Philippines, and my allergies to shrimp. But it was incredibly stressful working with Billy.
I didn't want to admit it. "But he's my friend," I told myself every time I felt stressed out. I was in denial. My approval addiction was blinding me to the fact that working with him was driving me nuts. But one day, I had to say "No" and build my personal boundaries. I allowed him to stomp over my fences many times. I had to repair my boundaries and protect myself. It was painful, but I knew there was only one way out. So one day, I told Billy that though I wanted to remain friends, I wanted to get out of our business partnership. That wasn't acceptable to him. So ever since that day, he never spoke to me again. It was painful because our friendship ended.
But I immediately knew I did the right thing because of the inner peace I felt that day. My approval addiction was defanged. For the first time in a long while, I created a conflict. By respecting myself and my boundary lines, I was growing in self-power. That day, I finally loved myself. Today, my relationships are richer.

Because my boundaries are whole, people who come into my life are welcomed guests who pass through the gate (I deliberately opened it for them), not thieves that run amok through my life.
When you say "No" at the right situations, you're saying a bigger "Yes" to life. Truth: People Will

Do What You Tolerate

So let me ask you this question: Are there people in your life who you should be saying "No" to? Are there difficult people in your life who have been gate-crashing and running amok in your life?
Remember: You teach people how to treat you. If that person is abusing you, or breaking your boundaries, that means you taught that person that it was okay to do so. You tolerated it. And people will do what you tolerate. The solution may not be to end the relationship (though sometimes, it is the solution), but to simply say "No" at the specific situations where the person is crossing your boundary lines.

Reclaim your self.
Don't allow people to trash you.
God loves you. God created you as His child. God wants you to be happy.
So be happy.

May your dreams come true,
Bo Sanchez

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Student Motivation

Student Motivation
By Richard Romando Platinum Quality Author

Student motivation refers to a student's interest, desire, compulsion, and need to participate in and be successful in the learning process. It is generally accepted that student motivation plays a key role in academic learning.

Highly motivated students actively engage more in the learning process than less motivated students. Motivated students have a positive impact on learning. They take advantage of a given opportunity and show intense effort and concentration in the implementation of learning process. Also, they reveal positive emotions such as excitement, enthusiasm, interest, and optimism during learning.

On the other side, the less motivated were found to be less interested in participating in the learning process. Most of them were physically present in the class room but were mentally absent. They often failed to actively engage themselves in the learning tasks. Such students were more likely to stop learning. Less motivated students should be guided so as to develop a favorable attitude towards the learning process.

A teacher or an instructor has a significant role in guiding less motivated students. A technique called attribution retraining, which includes modeling, socialization, and practice exercises, is used to restructure less motivated students. Its aim is to help students to concentrate on the learning task without the fear of failure.

There are two types of student motivation such as extrinsic motivation and intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation is defined as the motivation to engage in an activity in order to obtain rewards or to avoid punishments from an external source. Extrinsically motivated students undertake an activity for the sake of getting good grades or a teacher's approval. Extrinsic motivation is again divided into two such as social motivation and material motivation. Social motivations include approval of teachers, parents, and friends. Good grades, future education, or job security come under material motivations.

Intrinsic motivation refers to engaging in an activity for its own sake, for the pleasure and enjoyment it provides. To be more precise, a student who is intrinsically motivated carries out an action for the learning it permits. Compared to extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation is more desirable as it is the motivation to engage in the learning process for the enjoyment of learning without considering its consequences.

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