Magazine article Success

Look in the Mirror: An Inspirational Lesson from the Pages of Success for Teens

Magazine article Success

Look in the Mirror: An Inspirational Lesson from the Pages of Success for Teens

Article excerpt

It's tough to rid yourself of a habit you don't want--or to change anything--simply through willpower. You can't just wish a bad habit away.

It's much easier to begin a new, better habit. Eventually, the new habit becomes strong and replaces the old one. The first step is to identify which habit you want to change, and that begins with regular reflection.

Reflection means looking carefully at yourself and your life on a regular basis to see what you're happy with and what you want to change. You can reflect in many different ways: through writing or art, or by taking long walks, visiting a favorite place, talking to a favorite mentor, or through a religious or spiritual practice.

Whichever method you choose, it all begins with small steps. This is the lesson adapted from the text of SUCCESS for Teens: Real Teens Talk about Using the Slight Edge, the cornerstone material of SUCCESS for Teens, a personal-development curriculum by the SUCCESS Foundation. (SUCCESSFoundation.org offers free downloads of the e-book, facilitator's guide and audio to qualifying public schools, churches and nonprofit youth-development programs.)

One teen used ajournai to reflect on her feelings when her family was in a crisis.

When I was in the ninth grade, my mom lost her job, and we didn't have any money to keep our apartment. My dad had left us and wasn't giving us financial support. I was depressed because I was concerned about my next meal or where I would sleep. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.