09 August, 2008

Back to School - 10 Rules for Success

By John Bishop
What happens when the new school clothes are dirty and the new book bag is torn?

Parents will spend almost $14 billion on school supplies and new clothes hoping their children will start the new school year successfully. Isn't there something else we can do that will last more than a couple of weeks?

John Bishop, Executive Director of Accent On Success®, a not-for-profit organization dedicated helping children succeed, thinks there is a better way to prepare our children for success in school and in life. He has written an award winning book, Goal Setting for Students and offers free teaching moments life skills ideas to help children thrive. Below is his top ten list to help students take more responsibility for their education.

Back to School - 10 Rules for Success

1. Use the "YES! Count On Me" words: yes, I can, and I will.

2. To get ahead in school and in life – read more, learn more, do more.

3. Learn how to set and achieve goals and how to use these principles in the classroom.

4. No Vision = No Direction. Write down what you want to accomplish in the first four weeks of the school year. Repeat for the next month.

5. Don't find a fault; find a solution.

6. Minimizing the Bummer Words – no, can't, won't, never, maybe, and if. These six words will hold you back from reaching your full potential.

7. Eliminating excuses.

8. Regularly ask yourself: "Did I give my best effort to today's activities?"

9. Help others.

10. Remember: Luck comes to those who work hard.

These ten life skills will help your children develop a "YES! Count On Me" attitude that you can use in the classroom and in life. Good luck!

This is your life, your goals and your success. You are a WINNER!
After a life changing event, John Bishop became a social entrepreneur and started Accent On Success®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teenagers succeed. He has written Goal Setting for Students® which has recently won three national book awards. www.GoalSettingForStudents.com

Note: Thanks to Mr. Santosh Kanavalli for mailing this article to post.