YESS Institute at West Leadership Academy
There are now 4 weeks remaining to the school year. The students are in a weird combination of motivated yet lethargic. There is something that throws off all students by having state testing occur a month before school ends. So although the students are excited to end the year strong, they are also comfortably close to the finish line.
So as we conclude the year students were focused on analyzing their belief structures. We discussed the cycle people go through as they hear powerful words, such as you can/can’t, you must/mustn’t, you do/don’t, etc. One example provided by the students was what they have heard some teachers/substitutes say to them, “If you don’t do your work, then you will end up in taco bell.” Most of the students that emphasized the impact of this comment are in middle school. First some said, “My (grandma, mom, brother, sister) work in taco bell.” We all agreed there is nothing wrong with working at taco bell, especially if the highest education some people have is a high school degree or less. Their circumstances in their environment help create the circumstances that exist today.
With that said, students discussed their belief structures. We went though the cycle found in the curriculum. We discussed how this event made them feel. They would usually say frustrates or angry. Then they would notice how in their heads they allowed the powerful words to influence their decision. “If I am angry at _____, then I won’t do my work.” Then they made it a belief. “Well, I am not going to work for ________. Then taco bell is my next option.” Their “hot button” being triggered allowed them to create a self-fulfilling prophesy. They knew they should have done their work. They understood that their decision to work would affect them negatively. What they didn’t realize was that their decision was built upon the words we hear others tell us. At this point, they realized that they weren’t living their belief system (they knew that this wasn’t true), however, they were living the prophesy someone else dictated all because they allowed their emotions to take hold of their belief.