back. Let’s take your success train on down the track. Your totally terrific
success tips are waiting for you. You’re the success train boss. You know what
! You Focus and then TAP the
this chapter to do some success work. Are you up to it? Sure you are so let’s
get down to it.
ever thought about “to it?” There’s up to it. There’s down to it. If
you spy a package of cookies, you might get in to it. If we have time, we might
get around to it. Okay, I hear you. We’re thinking about the success train. We
better get back to it. Let’s do it. Let’s focus on your success.
the first thing I need to mention. Focus means you’re paying attention. Do you
ever have trouble paying attention? Sure you do. Everyone has difficulty paying
another secret for you. Check to be sure no one is looking over your shoulder.
This is really secret stuff. It’s just between us. Be sure to zip your lip.
Only the success train boss can know about this.
problem isn’t paying attention. You always pay attention. The problem is paying
attention to the wrong things.
says this to you. “You’re not paying attention.” Has anyone ever said
that to you?
someone tells you that you’re not paying attention, Here’s the problem. you’re
just paying attention to the wrong things. Think about this.
school, sitting in your classroom. Your teacher is telling the class some stuff
about science. You’re just sitting there paying attention.
some important questions. What are you looking at? Are you watching your
teacher or looking at something else? Looking at your teacher is the best way
to pay attention.
you listening to? Are you listening to your teacher or to other sounds? There
are a lot of sounds in your classroom to listen to. Other people are moving
around and making noise. Sometimes the lights make a buzzing sound. If you
listen, there are a lot of things to hear. Listening to your teacher is the
best way to pay attention.
you thinking about? There are a million things to think about. You can’t think
about them all but can think about a lot of stuff. The best way to pay
attention is to think about what your teacher is saying.
get the idea? To pay attention, you look, listen, and think. That’s a start.
You can do even better because your soooo smart.
focus. That means that you look, listen, and think but you do more. You focus
on what’s important. If your teacher is talking, you focus on your teacher. If
you’re reading a book, you focus on what you’re reading. If you’re playing a
game, you focus on playing the game as well as you can. What do you do? You
Focus, Focus, Focus. You always say “Yes” to your success.
that your success depends on Timing, Timing, Timing. When it’s time to climb
aboard your success train, you climb onto it. Woops. There’s another one of
those “to it” things. Did you see it? Climb on to it.
pretty tricky. You want to do things on time. You don’t want to be late. When
it’s time to do something, you want to be ready.
people are always late. They are never ready on time. They run out of time
before they get things finished. Did I mention that they don’t pay attention?
They don’t pay attention to time.
“I don’t worry because there’s no hurry. I’m having too much fun to get
things done. You’ll just have to wait when I’m late.”
know people like that? Sure you do. They don’t pay attention to time. They make
things very frustrating for everyone else.
some secrets you can use. They will help you with time. It’ll be great to never
! Think about the things you
need to do. Do them the first chance you get. You’ll have more fun after you’re
done. You know how. Do them now.
! Give yourself more time than
you think you’ll need. If you think it’ll take ten minutes to do some stuff,
exactly ten minutes is probably not enough. Whether you’re doing your homework
or cleaning the sink, things usually take longer than you think.
! Here’s a little tip I’ve
saved for last. You can run out of time by going too fast. You rush through
things and aren’t careful and neat. You think you’re finished but the job isn’t
complete. You may want to pout and argue and fight but you aren’t finished until
you do the job right.
comes after Focus and Timing? Sure, you’re right. It’s Attitude. It’s not just
any attitude. It’s the success attitude.
already know about stopping to think about your goal. You have something you
need to do. Before you start, you take a minute to think about your goal. You
think about how you’ll feel when you’re finished. You make a picture in your
mind about how things will be when you reach your goal. Once you have thought
about your goal, you climb aboard your success train and get headed toward your
great success train boss. Some people yell or argue or fight. They pout and
frown and don’t do things right. You have the success attitude so you don’t
sniffle or whine. You smile to yourself because you’re doing just fine. You
have to do things you don’t like to do but the sooner you do them, the sooner
you think? Was that a pretty interesting rhyme? Here’s another one about the
success attitude. You can decide if it’s true for you.
I’m not a
giant or a meek little lamb. I am me, that’s who I am. I’m taller than a cat
and shorter than a tree. I’m the very best me you’ll ever see.
I like to
laugh, I like to smile. I like to daydream once in a while. I’m growing up but
I’m still just me. I’m the very best me I know how to be.
try to do my best. I’m good at a lot of things and getting better at the
rest. Here’s the truth for everyone to
see. It’s totally terrific being me.
tell you more stuff about who I am. I like spaghetti and strawberry jam. Here
at last is the most spectacular part. I’m extra special because I’m soooo
that for a little rhyme? You can read it again anytime you want a reminder
about the success attitude. I’m thinking about giving it a title. Do you think
“ME” is a good title for that rhyme? Okay, thanks. That’s what its
title is. It’s called “ME.”
okay to move on to Persistence? We need to put it in here because your success
depends on Persistence, Persistence, Persistence.
on your goal. You never look back. You think about success as you head on down
the track. How far will you go? How long will it take? You have enough
persistence to go the distance before you put on the brake. You always say
“Yes,” to your success.
is like fuel for your success train. You’re up to it and will stick to it until
you reach your goal.
know people who don’t have persistence? They aren’t up to it. They don’t stick
to it. They have trouble doing a good job and reaching their goal.
almost to the end of this chapter. We could quit now or keep at it until we’re
finished. Okay, I hear you. You have persistence. We’ll keep at it until we’re
finished. There are a few more important points about persistence. We’ll get down
to think of some little rhymes about persistence. Do you have time to help with
that? Thanks. You’re totally terrific.
rhymes about persistence. I’ll start them and then you can think of good ways
to finish them.
! You can’t get finished if you
don’t start. You know that because you’re…. (How did you do? Did you finish
! Did I finish the job? You
don’t have to guess. I always say….
! I stick to it, yes I do. I
stick to it until I’m…
! I’ll reach my goal. I’ll go
the distance. I know it’s true because I have….
you do? Did you figure out a good way to end each of those rhymes? Great. I
knew you could do it.
one more really important thing you need to know about persistence. Some people
don’t reach their goal because they forgot. There were things they needed to do
but they forgot to do them. They think “I forgot,” is a good excuse.
advice do you have for those people? They use “I forgot,” as an
excuse for not doing things they need to do.
you say? Are you surprised that I asked you for some advice? Sure I did. What
advice would you give to someone who uses “I forgot,” as an excuse?
You know a lot about persistence and can give people good advice. I know you
can do it because you’re….
You made it all the way through this chapter. You used Focus, Timing, your
success Attitude, and Persistence. You definitely say “Yes,” to your
Take a little break. When you’re through, there’s more in Chapter Four waiting