Dickie Oppen Jr.

SHIP PROGRAM FOR DISABLED PRISONERS (part 5)

#11 EMPOWERING YOURSELF

I remember a quote from a book entitled “Adolescence at risk”
By Gary Philips. ” I am empowered less by luck, by heredity
or by circumstance, then by my capacity to envision the very
best I can be.”

We live in a day where the word “empowerment” is often used.
But, when you think of it, being empowerment is a lot more
then just feeling good about yourself.

Being impowered is as much a part of how you deal with
Situations as it is about how you deal with your own self-talk.
Your circumstances are often directed by what you look
forward to.

For many people that might be called vision or a long-range
goal. Such a vision or a goal implies that you have used
your capacity to envision the very best you can do or be.
And this is how you ” impower yourself.

#12 WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO

When I talk about “Goals” or Goal Settings,” many people
become Apprehensive. Somehow, we’ve turned goal setting
into a very difficult task.

Goal setting is nothing more than what you look forward to.
If you were to ask a group of people, “How many of you are
looking forward to the weekend,?”

Most of the people would say, “Oh, yes. I certainly am.
” But if you were to ask,
“Well, do you have any plans for your weekend?”, they
would tell you any numbers of plans they have for that
Weekend.

In doing so, they are setting goals. Every time we look
forward to something, we set a goal. Now, if you were
to ask, “How many of you are looking forward to Monday
morning, back to work?”, there would be several mumbled
answers, along with a few sights and, ” Oh, no, not Monday.”

It’s easy to get excited about things we enjoy and that is
goal setting But , whenever it comes to actually setting
goals, especially when we perceive them as difficult,
we often back away.

I believe that successful people are people who not only look
forward to fun things in life, but they also set goals and
Look forward to more challenging and difficult obstacles
they must face.

Every time we set goals and have a vision, we want to
move forward. The other end of that vision is current
reality. Many times, as we set goal, we must challenge
Ourselves to move away from current reality the way
things are at the present and move toward the way we
would like things to be.

There’s often a significant gap between current reality
and your vision. This gap is called “gestalt” or “stress.”
Stress is created when the picture of future we hold
(our vision) and where we are presently
(the current reality) doesn’t match.

In many cases, this stress causes people to back off from
their vision instead of sticking with it or moving toward
the vision. So, if we as disabled people envision the future,
we can look forward to goals that have not been reached.

Thank you for reading my blogg please stay tuned for the
next segment. # 13 Comfort zones.

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time. Your comments are valued.

Dickie Oppen Jr.
DOC #947545

S*HIP PROGRAM FOR DISABLED PRISONERS (part 1)
S*HIP PROGRAM FOR DISABLED PRISONERS (part 2)
S*HIP PROGRAM FOR DISABLED PRISONERS (part 3)

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