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  • TRAIN UP FIRST www.trainupfirst.com

    FLEXING MENTAL MUSCLES

    Knowledge Is PowerSmart Goals (SAMPLE)

    How You Learn

    Time ManagementLife in the Classroom

    Everything you need to keep your head in

    the game. (SAMPLE LESSON)

    LIFESKILLS

  • TRAIN UP1 TUF TALK ~ FLEXING MENTAL MUSCLES

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    FLEXING MENTAL MUSCLES

    This course, FLEXING MENTAL MUSCLES, will not only

    help you become the best student that you can be, but it

    will also help you learn basic fundamentals that will help

    you succeed in life.

    You will learn why school and learning new things is so

    very important. You will also learn how to set goals that you

    can achieve that will lead to greatness! Some of you may

    learn for the first time how your brain works in the class-

    room and what type of learner you are. Knowing what kind

    of learner you are will help you with your study habits.

    A tremendous part of being a good student is knowing how

    to manage your time. This course will give you the tools

    that you need to keep track of your assignments, extra-

    curricular activities, sports practices, etc. What peace of

    mind you will have when you start allocating your time in

    an organized way!

    Since you are in a classroom the majority of your day, we

    have some great tips on how to make this time very produc-

    tive and getting your teachers to love you at the same time!

    When you’re finished with this lesson, you will be empow-

    ered that you know so much more. You will also have a

    clear vision of what you want the next few years of your

    life to look like as you set smart goals.

    You are already on your journey in life, and the road map that

    you have just started will lead you to great things ahead!

    It’s time to take charge! You are in control with what

    decisions you will make on your personal journey. En-

    joy the ride through Flexing Mental Muscles.

  • Knowledge Is Power 6 Knowledge Is Power

    9 What Does Success Mean to You?

    11 Choosing a Career?

    13 What Type of Career Do You Want?

    Smart Goals (Sample Lesson Provided) 21 Short-Term Goals

    22 Long-Term Goals

    23 What Are Smart Goals?

    26 6 Things to Consider

    How Do You Learn? 32 Three Ways of Learning

    36 How Do You Study?

    38 The Right Mindset for Studying Is Key

    Time Management 45 Time Suckers Can Eat You Alive

    47 3 Simple Ways to Get Organized

    49 Completing a Weekly Calendar Is Key

    Life in the Classroom 55 Teacher vs. Student

    57 The Importance of a Good Stance

    59 It’s All About Effort

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    “The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” ~ David Bailey

  • SMART GOALS

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    Failing to plan is planning to fail. We all want to win in life and achieve our dreams. The difference between winning and losing is having a detailed, thought-out plan of how you are going to achieve your dreams. The next step is putting that plan into action. Start setting smart goals now.

    FLEXING MENTAL MUSCLES

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    “A goal without a plan is just a dream.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exúpery

    WARM-UP STRETCH

    Pretend that you were just granted three wishes. Dream big!

    What would you do with your life?

    1) ______________________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    2) ______________________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    3) ______________________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________________

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    FLEXING MENTAL MUSCLES

    SETTING GOALS

    In order to achieve your dreams, you have to set goals or your dreams will remain just dreams.

    Goal-setting will empower you on your journey through life and give you purpose and direction.

    You may be wondering how to set goals because you may not have done it before. First, think of broad goals ... where do you want to see yourself in 20 years?

    • Do you want a family? ________

    • Do you want to travel? ________

    • Do you want to make a lot of money? ________

    • Do you want to help others? ________

    • Do you want to be healthy? ________

    These are long-term goals. Once you know what these are, you’ll be able to make a road map of how you’re going to get there, which will be your short term goals.

    The key to your success is establishing both short-term and long-term goals.

    Let’s look at the differences between short-term goals and long-term goals.

    Short-term goals

    Short-term goals are goals that you expect to accomplish in a short period of time. This can mean today, this week, this month or even this year. A short-term goal is something you want to accomplish soon.

    Examples include:

    • I want to get an A on my math test on Tuesday.

    • I want to make the basketball team this year.

    • I want to work harder in practice this week.

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    “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” ~ Bo Jackson

    Long-term goals

    Long-term goals are goals you expect to accomplish further in the future and require time and planning. They aren’t something you can do this week or even this year. Long-term goals usually take 12 months or more to achieve.

    Examples include:

    • I want to be accepted to the college of my choice.

    • I want to have my own business.

    • I want to have a big family.

    ACTIVITY

    Read the following statements and check which type of goal each is: short-term (S) or long-term (L).

    • Losing 5 pounds in a month S L

    • Being successful in my career S L

    • Being a good reader S L

    • Earning the starting position on my soccer team next month S L

    • Earning a 3.5 GPA this year S L

    • Saving for retirement S L

    • Graduating from college S L

    • Purchasing a car by graduation day S L

    • Breaking my bad habit of buying vending machine junk food S L

    • Learning a new song on my guitar S L

    • Doing a good deed for someone once a week S L

    SHORT TERMvs LONG TERM

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    FLEXING MENTAL MUSCLES

    WHAT ARE SMART GOALS?

    SMART Goals are goals that are:

    • SPECIFIC: Your goals should answer who, what, when, where and why. They should be detailed.

    “I want to run the March Madness Marathon in California this year.”

    • MEASURABLE: Your goals should be able to determine if you have hit your target.

    “I want to read three books of at least 500 pages each over the summer. “

    • ATTAINABLE: Your goals can’t be far fetched; they must be within your reach.

    “I want to earn a college academic scholarship through hard work in the classroom.”

    • REALISTIC: Your goals should be possible to reach within a certain amount of time.

    “I want to lose 1 pound each week for 10 weeks.”

    • TIME-BOUND: Your goals must have deadlines. Deadlines will keep you on track.

    “ I want to get my college undergraduate degree in four years.”

    When thinking about your goals, ask yourself these questions, and you will find that your goals are SMART!

    • WHO: Who is involved?

    • WHAT: What do I want to accomplish?

    • WHERE: Name a location.

    • WHEN: Establish a time frame.

    • WHY: Specific reasons why you want to accomplishing the goal.

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    “Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” ~ LL Cool J

    ACTIVITY

    Now, spend a few minutes thinking about setting your own goals, both short-term and long-term. In order to be successful at achieving your goals, you need a plan of how you will achieve them. Just like a coach has a game plan on how to win a football game, or a teacher has a lesson plan on how to teach a class, you need to have your own detailed game plan. Also, you MUST HAVE a person identified who will hold you accountable to achieving your goals.

    Who is going to check in on you and give you the encouragement you will need?

    NAME: ___________________________________________________________________________

    CELL: ______________________EMAIL: _______________________________________________

    Set personal, academic and athletic SHORT-TERM goals below. Make sure they are SMART!

    NAME OF GOAL & THE STEPS YOU WILL TAKE TO COMPLETE START COMPLETION WHO HOLDS YOU

    DATE DATE ACCOUNTABLE?

    PERSONAL GOAL: 1) Weight training 3x’s a week

    EXAMPLE 2) Add 3 protein shakes to my diet/day

    I want to gain 7 pounds 3) Stick to meal plan created by my coach 4/1/15 4/30/15 Scott Rogers

    PERSONAL GOAL: 1)

    2)

    3)

    ACADEMIC GOAL: 1)

    2)

    3)

    ATHLETIC GOAL: 1)

    2)

    3)

    TEAM GOAL: 1)

    2)

    3)

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    FLEXING MENTAL MUSCLES

    ACTIVITY - continued

    Set personal, academic and athletic LONG-TERM goals below.

    Make sure they are SMART!

    NAME OF GOAL & THE STEPS YOU WILL TAKE TO COMPLETE START COMPLETION WHO HOLDS YOU

    DATE DATE ACCOUNTABLE?

    PERSONAL GOAL: 1) Research type of car I want, and can afford

    EXAMPLE 2) Add up how much I have saved

    I want to buy a car 3) How much more do I need to earn 5/25/15 8/30/16 Mom

    PERSONAL GOAL: 1)

    2)

    3)

    ACADEMIC GOAL: 1)

    2)

    3)

    ATHLETIC GOAL: 1)

    2)

    3)

    TEAM GOAL: 1)

    2)

    3)

    MAKE THEM SMART GOALS

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    “Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” ~ Les Brown

    6 things to consider

    Once you’ve set your goals, you must have a plan in place to help you achieve them. If the following things are in place, you have a great chance for success! If you don’t, your goals are very likely to fall by the wayside.

    1) Accountability: Tell someone you trust about your goals so that you’ll have support and someone to help keep you focused.

    2) Obstacles: Consider the potential obstacles that might get in your way, so you’re prepared to face them.

    3) Passion: How badly do you want to accomplish this goal?

    4) Take action! Have the discipline and the persistence needed.

    5) Create a habit: Will you need to make this a part of your daily life?

    6) Rewards and consequences: Are there rewards or consequences for achieving or not achieving your goal? This should help for motivation!

    Setting goals is great to do periodically. It’s exciting to see your accomplishments and what goals you have achieved. Then you can set new ones to get you even further!

    ACTIVITY

    Below is a motivational exercise for you. List the goals in your life that you have already accomplished. For every goal you list, describe what motivated you, how you accomplished your goal and who held you accountable.

    GOAL ACCOMPLISHED MOTIVATION HOW? WHO HELD YOU ACCOUNTABLE?

    1)

    2)

    3)

    4)

    5)

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    WRAP-UP

    The things you truly want aren’t going to just “happen.” You have to know what you want, make a plan and make it happen. That starts with setting SMART Goals and then getting to work.

    Can you remember what SMART Goals are?

    S ______________________________________________________________________________

    M ______________________________________________________________________________

    A ______________________________________________________________________________

    R ______________________________________________________________________________

    T _____________________________________________________________________________

    FAILING TO PLAN IS

    PLANNING TO FAIL.

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    “I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” ~ Venus Williams

    ACTION ICON TO COME

    ACTION STEPS

    1) Make sure you have your GOALS written down in a place where you can see them every day.

    2) Decide who will hold you accountable and will encourage you to reach your goals.

    3) Call, text or email those people as soon as possible!

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