Volume 4, Issue 10, October 2005
BE A TEN
Brodi and I have been working on this project for a few years now and even though it is not finished, I thought I would share it with you in hopes that it could help you with your journey. Also, if any of you have feedback, I would love to hear from you.
The project is called BE A TEN and it deals with ten positive behaviors. The idea is to aim at the schools and use the ten months of the school year as the frame for the project. It takes 30 days to change any habit, so each point would be used in the schools for the full month.
I use the number ten because that seems to be what we use as a measurement for excellence. Therefore, if we are TENS, then our behaviour is perfect. Let’s look at what it takes to BE A TEN.
1-BE HELPFUL AND KIND
4-BE JOYFUL AND HAPPY
5-BE COMMUNITY MINDED
7-BE OPEN AND ACCEPTING
Being a Ten exemplifies the ten points of positive living. When one lives these ten points, they are saying:
“I will BE HELPFUL AND KIND. I will always be looking to give that helping hand with no need for reward or recognition. I will always be thinking of kind things to say and do.”
“I will BE RELIABLE in my dealings with others. If I am asked to be someplace at a certain time, I will be there. I will not let anyone down. People will be able to count on me. This will build a sense of trust between me and the people around me.”
“I will BE PROUD of who I am and where I come from. I will walk tall and proud. Because of that pride, none of my actions will be self destructive. I will not allow anyone to put me down or make me feel inferior in any way.”
“I will BE JOYFUL AND HAPPY, always looking for the bright side in all situations. Knowing that happiness is a decision, I will choose to be happy and see that joy and happiness is spread about me everyday.”
“I will BE COMMUNITY MINDED in my actions and my thoughts. I will volunteer to help those less fortunate. I will look out for others in my community, understanding that we are all part of the human family and that a sense of community is made up of actions not just words.”
“I will BE RESPECTFUL of all peoples, all life forms and the planet. I will stop using disrespectful language and my actions will give everyone around me the respect they all so richly deserve.”
“I will BE OPEN AND ACCEPTING, that is to say I know that acceptance is not necessarily agreement. By being open, I will allow new ideas and thoughts to enter my mind and not prejudge a situation or a person. I realize that we are all different and that the concept of education rather than segregation will help me to understand and accept the differences in others. I don’t necessarily have to condone the actions of others, but I have to understand their right to be who they were meant to be.”
“I will BE POSITIVE in my outlook with everyone and every situation. I will look for the best in others and give the best I can. By focusing on the positive, I will open myself to having a better outlook on life, the people and the situations around me.”
“I will BE TOTALLY COMMITTED to each moment of the day. By being so, I will be giving 100% to every situation and every person I come in contact with. This commitment will cut down on error and misunderstanding because I will be totally focused on the present; the now. If I cannot be committed, then I will not participate. This I understand is the choice I have. Being committed enhances all of my relationships.”
“I will BE LOVE. I understand that there is a difference in being loved, being in love and being love. Being love simply means that I cannot have any room in my heart for hate, mistrust or violent and controlling behaviour. I will focus on the act, not the person. To be love is to be free from all judgment. Being love is the ultimate connection to all of the energy forces that come to bear on the planet and all that inhabit it.”
The whole concept of BE A TEN is to change the way we think and act. One of the ways to accomplish this is to change our environment. By practicing these ten points of positive living we, in fact, will be changing our environment, our outlook on life and will positively affect the lives of those around us. BEING A TEN is easy when you give it a try.
Best in Life…
SIDEBAR – By Pierre R. Ouellette Hon.B.A., LL.B.
One of the interesting subtexts of Ted’s Model for Cooperative Action is that of taking responsibility for your actions and your life. So what we say is if you do not like your job then leave! But it is not always that easy is it? We certainly acknowledge that the choice has its price! And one of the concerns is where do you go and how do you get there?
I had an interesting challenge given to me this week. One of my daughter’s 20-something friends is looking for that kind of career shift. She’s currently doing well in a call centre position but is looking towards a different future. She asked for my help.
She is bright and willing to listen. So I will get her to take a battery of the standard and not so standard temperament and profile tests. That should give her some options. I have also decided that I will introduce her to women I admire and see if I can get some additional mentoring going. (I am not inclined to play Pygmalion here!) But now I am wondering what more I can do for her…
So I am taking advantage of our wide range of readers to ask for suggestions. Have any of you taken this move? Is there something you would have done differently? I am open to all manner of comments and suggestions! Please email me at Pierre@CooperativeAction.com with my thanks in advance for your consideration!
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