How to Survive the First Month of School

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Is your first day of school coming up? Are you wondering what your new teacher is going to be like? What pair of nikes you are going to use to sway new friends? What parties and exams are you going to skip or make a priority? What sport teams are you going to watch or try out for? How close is the nearest grocery store, and can I make it in my slippers?

It is about that time of the year again, back to school! For me, that means new kids, new parents, and new desire to inspire young minds to believe in themselves and be nice to one another. The summer is gone, and it is back to the grind in the classroom for many of us around the world.

 

Let’s talk about September

What are the main concerns of an elementary student? 1. Is my teacher going to be nice 2. What do I have for recess? When I was little, every year I would wonder if my teacher was going to be nice, or if I had to watch out for the Big Bad Wolf, or did mom pack my Dunkaroos, or will I have to trade my sandwich with another classmate. As we get older, these thoughts continue to run through our heads, only in slightly different context. 1. Will I meet new friends or like my boss/or professor 2. I should have ate breakfast today/I need to pack a lunch.

September is crucial to your survival in your new setting. The first month will separate the men from the boys. The women from the girls. Your idea and perception of your new setting and experience will be fresh. Your ears will be alert and your mind and body will be focused on the task at hand. But for how long? Some of us will be entering a new school. Some of us will be going back to a similar setting after the summer holidays. Either way, September is the start of the “new” year. How do you have a great start?

 

The First Impression is Key

Don’t show up to school in hammy down’s aka hand me down’s. I am not saying go out and buy the most expensive pair of shoes or t-shirt, I am saying take care of your self and look presentable. Carol Goman writes, “that moment that stranger sees you, his or her brain makes thousands of computations: Are you someone to approach or to avoid? Are you friend or foe? Do you have status and authority? Are your trustworthy, competent, likeable, confident?

 The decision of others and whether or not they will like or even deal with you are made quickly (7 seconds). Leave a great impression and you are well  on your way to an excellent week during the first month of school. Say hello to your collages. Shake the hand of your professor or teacher. Really mean what you say when talking to new people. Do the little things that count. Put in the work early and everything else is smooth sailing!

 Keep smiling

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Being a teacher, I understand what it feels like to be exhausted from smiling and shaking hands with people you typically have nothing in common with or have know desire to be long-time friends with (sounds cruel but it is true). You can’t be best friends with everyone BUT you can be a great acquaintance. People can love to be around you even though they never see you.  Just keep smiling, just keep smiling, just keep smiling, smiling, smiling. Know one said you had to be everyone’s bestie on the first day. Smile, be polite and shake hands with everyone (use sanitizer often). This again, goes with your first impression. People will always remember your first encounter. This will set you up for easier interactions down the road.

Stay ahead of the Game

In my first year of university (for lack of better word) I sucked! I flat-out didn’t know what was doing, decided to watch sports instead of study, went for walks instead of reading and ate cereal to distract me from assignments. To often we allow ourselves to fall behind. We overlook what is ahead of us, and hope that it will magically complete itself the night before

Surviving September is about Staying a head of the Game. Sure, your friends will want to party. Your boyfriend will want to cuddle. Your friends will want to hangout and chat it up, talk about stuff you necessarily do not want to talk about anyway. Than don’t do it! When you are given an assignment, start it. You don’t have to finish it, but at least look and see what you have to do to complete it. A lesson plan, prepare for the week. Heck, prepare for the month if you have the time. A project to fulfill, do the research. Get the resources and be ready to produce some quality work.

Make a list of priorities and “at least”get started before the week that they are due. We all know what it feels like when Wednesday comes along, and you have a 4000 word essay due on Auscultation and Bromhidrosis by Thursday. Yeah, I don’t know what they mean either.

Don’t allow yourself to get in this position. Force yourself to make a list of up and coming due dates, and get started right away. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are done something, when everyone else is scratching to make a deadline.

For me, I make a monthly schedule, of what I want to accomplish, by priority. I take 15-20 index cards, put a hole in each  one of them, and tie a string to hold them tight. I often check my dates and make sure I am on schedule. I see priority and needs and attack those ideas first. Life is a party, you will always have time for that. Friends will understand if they are true friends. Everyone else doesn’t matter.

Conclusion

September is the start of a new year. It is not quite, champagne and balloons yet, but it represents a new beginning. Every September students and professionals go back to the grind. Don’t be that person who, talks about doing things and never get’s it done. We all talk about this person and often fall in the same category at times. Put your words into action and do what it takes to be a head. What are you going to do to make this “new”year better than any other year?

As years go by, you will slowly understand the preparation, both mentally and physically to start fresh, and get off to a good start. The only people I know that can start poorly and still win are Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Muhammad Ali. I guess and a few others. Once you get on their laugh, you’ll have nothing to worry about 😉

Start the grind early!

In the mean time, continue to #BeAwesome

Be Awesome Africa Day 1 Results

Hey everyone,

Day one is in the books and Be Awesome Africa is  underway !

Our goal for week one:

Facebook storm!

What we want to do with week one is shower the largest social media network in the world with post, re-post, statues and private messages about our campaign! It is still very early in regards to where we are in funds and publicity, but we believe that Facebook Storm will be a large part of our success. This week up until next Wednesday, the facebook team will post like crazy, and message as many of our friends about Be Awesome Africa.

What can you do? We ask that you do the same. You may not want to get to crazy (it can get annoying for most people) but a private message is better than a direct link on someone’s wall (Unless you are comfortable doing do). Copy the link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/be-awesome-africa/x/3442576?c=home and send it to all of your friends and family!

Contributions: Thank everyone who has funded our project on Day 1. Our project is 6% completed and we are so pumped about that! With lots of time left we are confident in reaching our final goal $27,993 !!!

Until next time!

#BeAwesome

Champion VS Normal Person

BeAwesome: #329 How to be  Champion Instead of a Normal Person

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Olympian&GoldMedalist

20% of the World are Champions, the Rest are Normal People

 Our world is built upon normal people and champions. Which one are you? Champion? Good choice..

Why is it that less than 20% of our world are champions, and the rest are normal people? Nothing against normal people, but being a champion is much better don’t ya think. What is it that champions do that normal people don’t? What is it that champions have that normal people don’t have? These are all questions we ask ourselves…

Genetics

One of the main things that people use as an excuse for not being successful or smart is genetics. And yes, genetics can benefit you in a variety of ways  BUT genetics do not “make” you do anything. YOU, make yourself do/not do what ever it is the task maybe. You tell yourself you can’t do something, and it more than likely will not be completed.  But this is not the soul reason why specific individuals are champions. What exactly are genetics?  The study of heredity and the variation of inherited characteristics. Still don’t get it? It is simply a process where parents pass down certain genes onto their children. Every child has some gene from their both biological parents.

Now after reading about genetics, does it say anywhere (above) that genetics make people work hard, stay focused or be determined? With genetics helping a bit, it still does not make the individual use these traits (or so called gifts) involuntarily. Is it an advantage? Sure. But only as much as you think. It is only as much as an advantage, as you want it to be.

genetics

Use what you have

Everyone  is born a superstar. It is up to us to let the world know what kind of star you are. We read articles and journals all the time with headlines such as: Born a Star or  Special Talent, etc. We watch and see as individuals rise above obstacles to reach their full-potential on the biggest stage; CEO of major companies, athletes, actress, and entertainers, lawyers, doctors, teachers. These are all professions. Of course some are more intriguing than others, but each profession is something NOT given to you on day one when you are born.

Recently I had the opportunity to read and article about successful people who worked at Mc.Donalds. Rachel McAdams, a Canadian Actress. Fred Durst, American Musician and Film Director. Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. Sharon Stone, fashion model, actress and producer. Macy Gray, musician. Jay Leno, stand up comedian and Tv Host. And the list goes on and on. Do some of them have genetics from their parents? Of course. They all do. But are their parents all famous? No. Did they have to work hard to get where they are in life? Yes.

Finding your purpose for the world is one of the most difficult things you will ever do in your life. Figuring out what you love and do well is not easy. Sometimes you have to go through 2-3-4-possibly 5 other things before you find that something. The secret to being a Champion is to never give up while searching. Once you find that something, you try to maximize that potential in that area.

Here are 2 things Champions have:

Champions have a REASON as well as a PURPOSE for what they are doing. This is the beast that drives them to the maximum amount of potential and growth in their given field or profession. When you have a reason to do something, this reason causes you to become motivated to reach your goal. Have you ever wondered why professionals have so many cool stories about their childhood, and they had to work really hard to reach their full potential. Champions use their negative experiences to drive and create positive outcomes. Normal people don’t have these reasons and most of the time do not have a purpose either. Normal people walk through life and take what ever it is the world decides to give them. Champions play a role in both factors (walking and decision-making)

In some way, shape or form, everyone starts from the bottom and tries to make their way to the top.

Be in the 20% of the world that decides to be a Champion.

-BeAwesome

Thinking about yourself? #GoodIdea

BeAwesome: #327 Thoughts About Yourself

#LoveYourSelf

#LoveYourSelf

Because of fast trends, music, pop culture and people who our world is built around. Celebrities. Videos. Commercials. Technology. Social Media. We now allow all of these things to control who we are and what we do. We change when they change. We eat what they eat. We watch what they watch. We forget about our own image and thoughts. Even our own feelings. As an individual in the world, we need to realize that we are special too. We do not have to be rock stars to be special to someone.

 Think:

Love Yourself

When you wake up in the morning, and brush your teeth, get in the shower and eat breakfast, tell your self “ I love you”. We go days, weeks and even months and years, without having the conversation with ourselves. An important part of self-worth, and confidence is believing that you are special. Every day we will encounter someone or something that tries to make you feel inferior. You need to build your confidence so these moments are used as positives instead of negatives. Negative things are so beneficial to us, but we never realize and understand them until it is too late.

Loving yourself is agreeing that what you see and what you do, and who you are is what the world wants and needs. If you change that (because) of what others say, you are not being true to yourself. People give suggestions. People help change lives. But deep down you need to figure things out for yourself. You need to want to do it. And want to be whom you see in the mirror everyday. What can you do to remind yourself about your worth?

  1. Write down 5 things you love about yourself
  2. Name 5 things you are proud of
  3. Make a funny face and take a picture (frame it)
  4. Ask a best friend to write you a letter explaining why you are both friends
  5. Smile more

Please Read: 

I can’t run the fastest

I can’t swim the sea

I can’t type the quickest
but

I love being me

I can’t kick a ball

or even climb a tree

I can’t roll in the grass
but

I still love being me

You see, this is my life

as others would see
they

don’t know what it’s like

to really be me


So next time I’m about

rolling down the street

don’t think of me disabled

but someone cool to meet

I have lots I can teach you

I have loads I can share

you will never gain my wisdom

if you just point and stare

So maybe I can’t run the fastest

maybe I can’t kick a ball

but I wouldn’t change being me

not for you, not at all

-BeAwesome

20 Facts About A Good Person

BeAwesome: #326 20 Facts About A Good Person

#BeGood

#BeGood

A good person is someone who cares. They care about themselves and the people around them. It does not matter if it is their best friend, family or even a stranger. Good people have a heart for everyone.

Good people do the little things that average people do not like to do: Opening the door for the elderly. Not judging. Being nice and compassionate. Telling the truth. Expressing how one feels. Charitable. Good manners.Being Positive. Being respectful and a good listener. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Being a good person ask you to be and do a lot of different things. Is it a lot?  Heck yes it is! And that is why only some people can do it. Am I happy with whom I am as a person? Do I love my self? These are general questions that are made up to see the bigger picture.

20 Facts About A Good Person

Fact: A Good Person accepts everyone for who they are

Fact: A Good Person never compares themselves to others

Fact: A Good Person is respectful to their elders

Fact: A Good Person is compassionate

Fact: A Good Person helps others

Fact: A Good Person tells the truth

Fact: A Good Person gives 110%

Fact: A Good Person loves to listen

Fact: A Good Person gives

Fact: A Good Person loves one self

Fact: A Good Person is trust worthy

Fact: A Good Person forgives (Never forgets)

Fact: A Good Person is tolerant

Fact: A Good Person is responsible

Fact: A Good Person humble

Fact: A Good Person is educated

Fact: A Good Person faithful

Fact: A Good Person is patience

Fact: A Good Person is friendly

Fact: A Good Person loves

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Being a good person is about trying to do the right thing

(Can we do the right thing all the time? Probably not. But we can definitely try)

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YouDecide

YouDecide

3 Myths about a Good Person:

Own Things

Sometimes we get confused about how to be a good person. We do things “just because” instead of “from the heart”. You do not have to be rich or live in a fancy house to be a good person. You do not have to be wealthy and own fancy cars, and eat fancy food either. The truth is, some good people have all of this while some good people have none of this at all. Objects and things do not make good people.

Religion

You do not have to be religious to be a good person. You do not have to go to church either. You do not have to read the bible. You do not have to do anything when it comes to  Religion, to be considered a good person. You can still be a good person without this. This is a personal choice. It does not mean you are a more or less of a good person if you decide to follow religion or not.

Conceited

Being conceited means: Excessively proud of oneself. Arrogant and vain. This means you believe you are above all. Good people are not conceited. Do not get this definition mixed with good-hearted people. Good people do not need the spot light. Good people do not care who gets the credit as long as someone is happy

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You be the judge.. Are you a good person? What are you doing to make others around you happy? Are you happy?

-BeAwesome

Why you need to STAND UP for yourself

BeAwesome: #325 How to deal with conflict (Stand up for yourself)

SpeakUp

SpeakUp

Throughout life we find ourselves in situations that are uncomfortable. Some of us shy away from these issues and confrontations. Some of us go headfirst. And some of us have no idea what to do at all. For starters, we cannot run away every time something like this happens. At some point you need to stand up and let the person on the others side know you are not invisible. Running away is not always the best option. Sometimes you need to let others know exactly how you feel.

This is easier said then done. I know:

When you are presented with conflict here are a few reminders:

 #1. Body Language

Be confident and stand tall. If someone looks at you and sees that you are afraid or scared, they will mostly likely try to eat you alive (not literally, but you get the point). When you appear weak, the individual will try to take advantage of you. Those who love conflict search for individuals who are weak so they can feel good about themselves (Sad I know). What you do is, right away, send them a message that you are not as small as they think you are. Look them right in the eye when they speak. Listen and take in everything that they say. And get ready to respond!

BodyLanguageMeansAlot

BodyLanguageMeansAlot

#2 Respond Back

You do not have to be good with words to respond in a conflict. You do not have to be a poet or writer either. It can be 3 or 4 simple words (ie. I do not agree, or that is not very nice) If you think the other individual is trying to walk over you, tell them. Tell them that they are being mean, or that they are being disrespectful towards you. These individuals hate being told what they are, so this will give you a leg up on them;-)

FindHerOnYouTube:-)

FindHerOnYouTube:-)

#3 Voice Tone & Eye Contact

Speak clear and look them in the eyes. This will show them that you are serious and not afraid. Clarity will show that you understand but disagree or feel strongly about the situation as well. Be confident in your words.

LetItBeHeard

LetItBeHeard

#4 End the Conversation

If it is serious, you cannot escape the conversation or conflict soon. If it is silly, and for one’s pleasure of trying to make another’s life miserable, end it fast. When you allow the conversation/conflict to go on and on and on, you leave a window of opportunity for the other individual to keep going. You are allowing them to get out what ever frustrations they have on you (most of the time these frustrations have nothing to do with you, but they just need someone to pick on). Be sharp and clear. Make it quick and show them that you have zero time for verbal abuse. See ya later grumpy!

LetThemKnow!

LetThemKnow!

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 From the very beginning you need to show that your feet are on solid ground. Here is some motivation. You should try it: Cooooolll Runniinnggg

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #320 Top 5 Fist Pumps of All Time

BeAwesome: #320 Top 5 Fist Pumps of All-Time

How it works?

How it works?

Throughout history the fist pump has become a popular way to express ones emotion. These emotions are usually positive. The fist pump is a tool to inspire or encourage great action, acts or involvement in an occasion. It is a celebratory gesture in which your fist is raised in your own particular manner. Your body’s adrenaline is racing through your veins like a Nascar. Your heart is beating like an African drum. Enthusiasm. Excitement. Energetic. What is your fist pump? What get’s you excited to do more? Be more? Work harder? Strive for greatness at what you do. Find your fist pump and start changing the world.

Here are the top 5 fist pumps of all time:

Martin Luther King Jr


Watch and listen to the video R.I.P MLK

Michael Jordan


Fast forward to 3:20

The best basketball player to ever play the game. Need I say more? Sure why not. 5 NBA Regular Season MVP. 6 NBA Championships. 6 NBA Finals MVP. 10 NBA First Team. 9 NBA All Defensive Team. 1 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Get my point?

Tiger Woods:


Say what you want about Tiger, but when it is all said and done, Mr. Woods will go down as the greatest golfer to ever play the game. PGA Tour Wins: 77, European Tour Wins: 39 Japan Golf Tour Wins: 2 (to name a few)

Sidney Crosby

Over the past couple of years, Sidney Crosby has been criticized for taking time from hockey and dealing with nagging concussion like symptoms. I know it is a short season (2013) but Mr. Crosby is the Offensive Point Leader so far with 53(As of March 28th/2013). The Pittsburgh Penguins are also the best team in the Eastern Conference. Not to mention The Kids awards: 1 Stanley Cup. 1 Art Ross. 1 Lester B. And the list goes on and on.

Serena Williams

Miss Williams owns 18 Grand Slam Single titles, amongst many more. With this type of resume, Serena has the right to “come on” and fist pump up and down the clay, carpet and grass when suited up for action. (Sorry Sloane Stephens). 

Note: Tommie Smith should have been mentioned in this blog as well

Honorary Mentions:

#ThePresident

#ThePresident

#SandBaby

#SandBaby

Nadal

#Nadal

#Sorry

#SorryHad2DoIt

Find your fist pump and work it to perfection. All the greats have one;-)

-BeAwesome