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Getting Focused

One of the best ways to start succeeding is to focus on what you like about yourself. Think about what you do well. Use what you do well to help you with what you find hard to do. Here are twelve areas that you could focus on developing:

A Healthy Body
Having a good start in life: eating well, cleaning your home, avoiding drugs, alcohol and weapons, and going to the doctor and to the dentist for check-ups

Asking for support, love, and safety from parents, family members, neighbors, and other adults

Boundaries and Expectations
Accepting rules and consequences and having high expectations of yourself and other people in your life

Doing an activity that you value and that helps your community, such as cleaning up the park or organizing soccer games for anyone who wants to play, and telling other people your thoughts about decisions that will affect your life, such as going to IEP meetings to talk about your aspirations

Commitment to Learning
Motivating yourself to learn from school, accomplishing challenges, and working on reading and math skills

Positive Identity
Valuing yourself, believing in yourself, learning what is important to you, and looking forward to planning your future

Social Competence
Learning to understand and sympathize with other people, becoming aware of other people's feelings and needs, and thinking for yourself, as well as working with other people as a team and settling conflicts by talking instead of fighting

Positive Values
Knowing what you value, such as honesty, respect, life and trust, and having the courage to act on them

Cultural Competence
Learning to be a part of different communities and to celebrate and respect your culture and different cultures

Personal Responsibility and Restraint
Learning respect for the law, learning to calm yourself down and think before you act

Constructive Use of Time
Doing art projects, playing sports, and learning about spirituality

Moving Toward Economic Independence
Learning about different jobs and asking for help when you are choosing how to spend your money

This information was taken from Twelve Building Blocks, courtesy of Indiana Youth Institute

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