Character Counts/Mental Mantras Update…
Hello Cougar folks and families:
We had a great time at “Health and Wellness Night” having fun and playing games teaching kids to focus and persist. We attempted to balance golf balls and dice learning to narrow our focus and calm our nerves. We learned magic tricks, attempted word searches and even took the stage in front of our peers attempting challenges that put us on the spot. A1 – B2 – C3… Some tasks aren’t so easy to accomplish, they require persistence to master. Many of the most rewarding accomplishments in life are ones that are difficult. Only 2 outcomes to be had when you attempt something meaningful, either you win or you learn. (Sounds like a win-win to me).
We have completed 3 of the 6 sessions thus far and “Visualize Success” was this month’s Mantra. Turns out the mind works in pictures and the body tries to make those pictures come to life. Creating positive pictures will lead to success in ways far more powerful then negative ones.
CHILD MENTAL MANTRA VISUALIZATION CHALLENGE… Have child close his/her eyes and imagine themselves doing something absolutely amazing. Could be a past event they are reliving or a future event they would like to achieve. It could be a sport, a performance or a favorite activity. Encourage details; the temperature, sounds, the feel of the ball. Have them share their visualization with you and vice versa.
ADULT MENTAL MANTRA SEATBELT CHALLENGE… Here is one for each of you to try, especially helpful upon arriving home at the end of a long day at work or a long day of doing anything and everything that our busy lives involve attempting to accomplish “too much” too often. When you get home at the end of the day, with mindfulness, hear the engine of your car shut off, listen to the sound of your seatbelt unclick. Take a deep breath… and a moment to remind yourself to be present and focus on the loved ones you are about to greet when you open the door.
Best to all – Josh Alpert (CC/MM Chair)
1. Breath = Calm (Sept-Oct)
a. We take deep breaths when we are nervous, excited, tense, scared or tight to calm us down.
b. Taking deep breaths gets more oxygen into the blood stream, slows down your hear rate allowing your mind to work clearly and your body to move fluidly and freely.
2. Focus on Task (Nov-Dec)
a. When we have our focus and attention where we need it to be, it will help us to be more successful
b. The ABC game illustrates how important focus can be!!!
3. Visualize Success (Jan-Feb)
a. The mind works in pictures, make them positive, a vision of a good outcome. Your body will try to make the pictures happen for real.
b. Have your kiddo close their eyes and imagine being successful at an activity of their choosing. Have them share their story with you.
4. Power of Positive (March)
a. Think in terms of what can happen, what will happen vs. what can’t and what won’t. “I am going to hit the ball”, “I am going to try my best” vs. “I can’t do it” or “I will miss for sure”.
b. Ask yourself “What is My Opportunity Now?” before attempting an activity. Positively stated questions lead to positive answers.
5. Confidence Counts (April)
a. Confidence comes from the things that you say to yourself and the things that you believe about yourself.
b. Think about the best shot you have ever hit with the club you are about to hit the next shot with, and then hit it!!!
6. Persistence Pays Off (May)
a. Mistakes aren’t a bad thing so long as you are willing to learn from them and keep working to improve. When we interpret unsuccessful attempts as “nice tries” instead of failures, then the attempt itself isn’t so scary. Try again!!!
b. Example Wright Brothers crashed LOTS of planes before succeeding. Each crash was one step closer to flying!!!