Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Pillars of Success.

Below are the pillars of success that hang on the bedroom walls of 11 & 12 year old boys. They have been there from ages 6 & 7 and while not executed to perfection, are in the discussion!

  1. Manners.
·      I look people in the eyes when they are talking to me
·      I say please and I say thank you when asking for & receiving things
·      I say pardon when I have not heard what someone has said
·      I address adults as Mr. or Mrs. _____ (even if they say “call me xx”)
·      I go to the door and greet people with Hello when they arrive and Goodbye when they leave.
  1. Integrity.
·      I act the same as I would act if mom or dad was around, when they are not.
·      I treat people with the respect and dignity with which I’d like to be treated
·      I do what I say I’m going to do when I say I’m going to do it.
·      I tell the truth, no matter how bad I think it is
·      I accept responsibility for both good and bad things that may happen as a result of my behavior. 
  1. Focus.
·      I focus on the task in front of me at 100% and not something else. 
·      When I’m playing sports, it’s on that sport 
·      When I’m in school, it’s on the teacher & task 
·      When I’m at play, it’s on having a good time.
·      I do not interrupt or disrupt other people’s focus.
  1. Effort.
·      I give 100% of what I’m capable of every day, every play (in work and play)
·      I do not give up. I keep trying until I find the solution or answer.
·      I do not take short cuts. There are no short cuts in real life 
·      Where there’s a problem – I focus on the best & quickest solution possible.
·       I realize losing & failure are a part of real life and sometimes, despite my best effort I will have to deal with losing and failure. I will do this with class.
  1. Confidence.
·      I believe that I am a good, hard working, smart, able boy.
·      I believe that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to doing.
·      I don’t accept put downs or negative criticisms from others
·      I Can I will I Am.


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