Thinking about the benefit of their school work in the lives of others whom they know right now, which is often the parents, is the first time that we’ve looked at developing empathy directly. Other sessions in the program will continue to develop the concept of empathy, but this is the first time empathy is directly addressed. Some students find that they are more focused when their motivation for others is stronger than their motivation for self which is a step in the right direction.
Being that this concept sometimes adds stress for many students, the main goal is just solely to introduce students to this kind of thinking. Some students are already used to using this type of thinking and excel. Some students have a hard time with this. The point is for students to be able to understand and put this concept to use. We’ll continue to go over the idea of empathy, especially in sessions 7, 8, and 9 of the Academic Life Coaching program.
From the Academic Life Coaching Workbook
Here’s a chart for you to map out the pain and the benefits that happen when you achieve the outcome you want as well as add what will happen in your own life and in the lives of others when you follow through.
Note: When thinking about the impact in the lives of others, it’s not necessary to have an answer. It can be difficult to think about the benefit of what getting all A’s and B’s will be on your family 20 years from now. However, it’s still useful to think about the impact on how your decisions now will affect the future.
Outcome you want: