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Helping Kids and Teens Envision Their Dreams
EVERYTHING AROUND YOU, ONCE STARTED AS A VISION
IN SOMEONE'S IMAGINATION
This month, we are exploring goal-setting innovation using our imagination! And since our kids' dreams begin with you, there are plenty of resources for you too! Sometimes old beliefs about ourselves, whether they come from society or from people we know, can influence who we become.
Using January's downloadable activities, we'll learn how to edit, revise and rewrite the stories that are holding us back from being the person we were meant to be. Arrive at you goals by adding new characters, changing the setting and creating an award-winning plot.
New Year's Resolutions are not the solution! Statistics show that a surprising 92% of us won't reach our goals this year, however, we're looking to increase those numbers by highlighting the habits of the other 8% and what they do to make their dreams come true.
NEW STORY = NEW HABITS
MANY THINGS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE, UNTIL THEY ARE NOT
The simple act of writing out your goals makes you 42% more likely to achieve them, but only 3% of our population goes the extra mile to put the pencil to the paper. Great Day asks that you and your kids join some of the most influential people, including professional athletes and scientists, who not only write their goals, but use their imagination and visualization to make incredible things happen.
Teach your young ones to dream. Nurturing the imaginative capabilities of a child is a life skill with many benefits for lasting health and happiness. Lead by example and make a New Story for yourself by revising your old one. Then write out your goals in detail and visualize the outcome of each accomplishment.
YOUR NEW STORY LESSONS START HERE
The "New Story" lessons and activities include several PDF downloads.
Check them out at the School Store by clicking on the link below:
Great Day Academics
Teaches "NEW STORY" To Our Kids!
As educators, our job is to ensure that each child is headed in the direction of their dreams.
A large portion of students leave the school system feeling defeated because they were at a disadvantage from the start. Their self value was determined by their grades and how they rank among their peers.
Great Day has a mission to level the playing field. We show children and teens that their worth isn't set by the score on a standardized test. We develop good character and make their stories based on their perseverance and willingness to truly do their best.
When students create a New Story for themselves, they break free from their Old Story of living by comparison. They are inspired to do well in school to better themselves and have the responsibility, ambition and the ethics to make a positive difference in the world.
ACTIVE DREAMERS BECOME ACCOMPLISHED LEADERS
THE SCIENCE OF IMAGINATION
"THE TRUE SIGN OF INTELLIGENCE IS NOT KNOWLEDGE, BUT IMAGINATION"
Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla are just two of many brilliant minds who attributed some of the most intellectual advancements in human history to the use of their imagination.
Imagination is the ability to produce images, ideas and sensations in the mind without any immediate input of the senses. Imagination helps make knowledge applicable in solving problems and is fundamental to integrating experience with the learning process.
What you imagine affects your physiology:
Now research says that the actions you only imagine doing are still simulated in your body.
For example, if you only imagine cutting open a lemon and imagine putting pure lemon juice in your mouth, your salivary glands will be triggered.
Similarly, a resent study explains that if you only imagine yourself working out, your body still responds and produces the same hormones as you would during the physical activity, but on a smaller scale.
In other words, an actual physical workout, in addition, to doing an imaginative mental rehearsal of the workout is twice as beneficial.
How This Tool Helped Me
I spent far too much time over analyzing lessons and spinning my wheels. While this method seemed to achieve many goals for my work and personal life, I burned out early on. I noticed that my best lessons and projects came from my imagination while laying in bed, taking a shower or washing the dishes. A spark or flash of inspiration in the form of an image was all it took to show me exactly the best way to go. Strengthening this imaging faculty made my goals come into a more natural flow. I spend less time going around in circles and more time taking inspired action. When I can see clearly in my imagination, my reality follows, relieving me of physical and mental strain and adding more gratifying checks off of my "to do list."
This too, is my wish for you!
Educator | Founder
WHEN I LET GO OF WHO I THINK I AM, I BECOME WHO I COULD BE
THE BOOK LIST
Here are this month's book recommendations to help you and your crew make a new story for yourselves:
Money a Love Story - by Kate Northrup
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - by Marie Kondo
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