Strategies for Creating Success

… tturse Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life

 

 

 

tturse Strategies for Creating Success in College and in . Life

Eighth Edition

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To Carol, my compass

 

 

 

Preface xv Acknowledgments xxv

Travel with Me xxv11

Contents

1 Getting On Course to Your Success 1 College Smart-Start Guide 2

Money Matters 5

Managing Money: The Big Picture 6

Increase Money Flowing In 7

Decrease Money Flowing Out 11

• TECH TIPS: MONEY 14

Understanding the Culture of Higher Education 14

The Surface Culture of Higher Education 16

One Dozen College Customs 16

Write a Great Life 20

JOURNAL ENTRY 1 21

Understanding the Expectations of College and University Educators 22

Eight Key Expectations 23

• JOURNAL ENTRY 2 28

Understanding Yourself 29

What Does Success Mean to You? 29

Ingredients of Success 30

Assess Your Soft Skills for College Success 31

Forks in the Road 36

A Few Words of Encouragement 36

JOURNAL ENTRY 3 38

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Jalayna Onaga 38

• Soft Skills AT WORK 39

2 Accepting Personal Responsibility 41 • CASE STUDY IN CRITICAL THINKING The Late Paper 42

Adopting a Creator Mindset 43

Victim and Creator Mindsets 44

Responsibility and Culture 45

Responsibility and Choice 46 vii

 

 

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• JOURNAL ENTRY 4 48

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Taryn Rossmiller 49

Mastering Creator Language 50

Self-Talk 50

The Language of Responsibility 53

• JOURNAL ENTRY 5 55

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Alexsandr Kanevskiy 56

Making Wise Decisions 57

The Wise Choice Process 58

JOURNAL ENTRY 6 61

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Freddie Davila 62

• Personal Responsibility AT WORK 62

• TECH TIPS: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY 64

Believing In Yourself Change Your Inner Conversation 65 The Curse of Stinkin’ Thinkin’ 65

Disputing Irrational Beliefs 67

Stereotype Threat 68

• JOURNAL ENTRY 7 69

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Dominic Grasseth 70

3 Discovering Self-Motivation 71 • CASE STUDY IN CRITICAL THINKING Popson’s Dilemma 72

Creating Inner Motivation 74

A Formula for Motivation

Value of College Outcomes

Value of College Experiences

JOURNAL ENTRY 8 79

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• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Chee Meng Vang 80

Designing a Compelling Life Plan 81

Roles and Goals 81

How to Set a Goal 82

Discover Your Dreams 84

Your Life Plan 84

• JOURNAL ENTRY 9 86

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Brandon Beavers 87

Committing to Your Goals and Dreams 88

Commitment Creates Method 88

Visualize Your Ideal Future 89

How to Visualize 90

 

 

Contents ix

• JOURNAL ENTRY 10 91

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY James Terrell 92

• Self-Motivation AT WORK 93

• TECH TIPS: SELF-MOTIVATION 95

Believing In Yourself Write a Personal Affirmation 96 Claiming Your Desired Personal Qualities 97

Living Your Affirmation 98

8 JOURNAL ENTRY 11 99

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Tina Steen 100

4 Mastering Self-Management 101 • CASE STUDY IN CRITICAL THINKING The Procrastinators 102

Acting on Purpose 103

Harness the Power of Quadrant II 103

What to Do in Quadrants I and II 105

• JOURNAL ENTRY 12 106

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Jason Pozsgay 107

Creating a Leak-Proof Self-Management System 108

Time and Culture 108

Weekly Calendar: For Tracking Recurring Scheduled Events 109

Monthly Calendar: For Tracking One-Time Scheduled Events 109

Next Actions List: For Tracking One-Time Unscheduled Events 110

Tracking Form: For Tracking Actions That Need to Be Repeated Numerous Times 111

Waiting-For List: For Tracking Commitments That Others Have Made to You 112

Project Folder: For Tracking and Managing Progress Toward a Large Goal 112

The Rewards of Effective Self-Management 113

JOURNAL ENTRY 13 114

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Allysa LePage 119

Developing Self-Discipline 119

Staying Focused 120

Being Persistent 121

Avoiding Procrastination 122

JOURNAL ENTRY 14 124

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Holt Boggs 127

• Self-Management AT WORK 127

• TECH TIPS: SELF-MANAGEMENT 129

Believing In Yourself Develop Self-Confidence 130 Create a Success Identity 130

Celebrate Your Successes and Talents 131

Visualize Purposeful Actions 131

 

 

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• JOURNAL ENTRY 15 133

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Ashley Freeman 134

5 Employing Interdependence 135 • CASE STUDY IN CRITICAL THINKING Professor Rogers’s Trial 136

Creating a Support System 137

A Sign of Maturity 137

Seek Help from Your Instructors 139

Get Help from College Resources 139

Create a Project Team 140

Start a Study Group 141

The Difference Between Heaven and Hell 142

• JOURNAL ENTRY 16 143

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Mitch M ull 144

Strengthening Relationships with Active Listening 145

How to Listen Actively 146

Use Active Listening in Your College Classes 146

8 JOURNAL ENTRY 17 147

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Teroa Paselio 148

Respecting Cultural Differences 149

Showing Respect 150

a JOURNAL ENTRY 18 154 • Interdependence AT WORK 155

• TECH TIPS: INTERDEPENDENCE 157

Believing In Yourself Be Assertive 157 Leveling 158

Making Requests 159

Saying #No” 160

• JOURNAL ENTRY 19 161

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Amy Acton 162

6 Gaining Self-Awareness 163 • CASE STUDY IN CRITICAL THINKING Strange Choices 164

Recognizing When You Are Off Course 165

The Mystery of Self-Sabotage 165

Unconscious Forces 166

• JOURNAL ENTRY 20 167

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Sarah Richmond 168

 

 

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Identifying Your Scripts 168

Anatomy of a Script 169

How We Wrote Our Scripts 170

Self-Defeating Habit Patterns 172

• JOURNAL ENTRY 21 173

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY James Florio/Ii 174

Rewriting Your Outdated Scripts 174

The Impact of Outdated Beliefs 175

Doing the Rewrite 176

• JOURNAL ENTRY 22 176

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Annette Vafle 180

• Self-Awareness AT WORK 181

• TECH TIPS: SELF-AWARENESS 183

Believing In Yourself Write Your Own Rules 183 Three Success Rules 184

Changing Your Habits 185

• JOURNAL ENTRY 23 186

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Brandee Huigens 186

7 Adopting Lifelong Leaming 188 • CASE STUDY IN CRITICAL THINKING A Fish Story 189

Developing a Leaming Orientation to Life 190

Growth Mindsets and Fixed Mindsets 191

How to Develop a Growth Mindset 193

JOURNAL ENTRY 24 195

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Jessie Maggard 196

Discovering Your Preferred Ways of Leaming 196

Self-Assessment: How I Prefer to Learn 197

JOURNAL ENTRY 25 200

• ONE STUDENT’S STORY Melissa Thompson 204

Employing CriticalThinking 204

Constructing Logical Arguments 205

Asking Probing Questions 206

Applying Critical Thinking 207

JOURNAL ENTRY 26 209

• Lifelong Learning AT WORK 209

• TECH TIPS: LIFELONG LEARNING 212

 

 

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Believing In Yourself Develop Self-Respect 213 Live with Integrity (i.e., No Cheating or Plagiarizing) 213

Keep Commitments 215

• JOURNAL ENTRY 27 217

8 Developing Emotional Intelligence 218 • CASE STUDY IN CRITICAL THINKING After Math 219

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