Teen Choices

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The teen years are tough! They are the time when youth are formed as persons. Young people are forced to deal with many choices. Some are difficult, and have long term implications. This book helps teens think about decision making, identify useful life values and principles, develop practical, relevant skills and prepare themselves for making effective choices. It encourages them to focus on what really matters, to establish priorities and act on those priorities. 

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Table of Contents

PART I. THINKING ABOUT DECISION MAKING

  1. Purpose
  2. The Importance and Scope of Decision Making

PART II. DEALING WITH LIFE SHAPING DECISIONS

  1. Who Do You Choose to Be?
  2. Select Principles by Which You Will Live.
  3. Select Your Personal Values.
  4. Develop Your Character.
  5. Know Yourself.
  6. Recognize Your Self Worth.
  7. How Should You Relate to Other People?
  8. Recognize That We are All Related.
  9. Be Inclusive vs Exclusive.
  10. Develop Meaningful Relationships and

PART III. CHOOSING HOW TO VIEW THE WORLD

  1. Human Nature and Human Rights.
  2. Positive or Negative?
  3. Scarcity or Abundance?
  4. Who is in Control?
  5. Change.
  6. Fairness & Justice.
  7. Work.

PART IV. CHOOSING HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE

  1. Practice the Golden Rule.
  2. Develop Life Goals and Objectives.
  3. Think Positively.
  4. Serve – Determine How You Will Give Back.
  5. Practice Compassion.
  6. Be Generous.
  7. Be Grateful.
  8. Accept Responsibility.
  9. Maintain Self-Control.
  10. Seek and Preserve Beauty.
  11. Seek Balance and Harmony.
  12. Demonstrate Respect and Reverence for Nature.
  13. Use Time Wisely.
  14. Live Every Day.
  15. Relish Experiences.
  16. Practice Mindfulness.
  17. Select a Vocation.
  18. Face Up to Adversity

PART V. CHOOSING WHAT TO EXCLUDE FROM YOUR LIFE

  1. These Substances Kill People.
  2. Health Effects.
  3. Behavior Modification.
  4. Distorted Self Perception.
  5. Addiction
  6. Effects on Others.
  7. Peer Pressure.

PART VI. CHOOSING A PROCESS FOR DECISION MAKING

  1. Process Criteria.
  2. Process Outline.
    1. Frame the Issue.
    2. Identify and Gather Relevant Information.
    3. Identify and Clearly Define Alternatives.
    4. Consider the Likely Consequences.
    5. Consider the Impact on Others.
    6. Test the Possible Choices Against Your Values.
    7. Test the Possible Choices Against Your Goals and Objectives.
    8. Tune into Your Intuition.
    9. Think It Through.
    10. Make a Decision.
    11. Implement It.
    12. Evaluate Past Decisions.

    PART VII. SOME USEFUL DECISION-MAKING TECHNIQUES

    1. Brainstorming.
    2. Lateral Thinking.
    3. Scamper.
    4. Pros & Cons.
    5. Matrix Analysis.
    6. Probabilities and Expected Values.

    PART VIII. WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

    1. Spirituality and Religion.
    2. Purpose.
    3. Meaning.
    4. Wisdom.
    5. Love.

    PART IX. YOU CAN MAKE BETTER DECISIONS!

    1. Sharpen Your Decision Making Skills.
      1. Recognize the Importance of Decision Making.
      2. Seek Knowledge, Truth and Wisdom.
      3. Develop and Apply a Process.
      4. Evaluate the Importance of Your Decisions.
      5. Carefully Consider the Context.
      6. Develop Your “Systems Thinking” Abilities.
      7. View the Situation from the Other Person’s Perspective.
      8. Think It Through.

    2. Follow Your Conscience.
      1. Act Morally and Ethically.
      2. Seek and Tell the Truth, Always.
      3. Care About People.
      4. Practice Personal Integrity.
      5. Accept Responsibility.
      6. Meet Commitments.
      7. Respect and Preserve Our Natural World.
    1. Sharpen Your Personal Skills.
      1. Learn to Learn.
      2. Learn to Listen.
      3. Read
      4. Use Time Wisely.
      5. Control What You Say When You Talk to Yourself.
      6. Think Before You Speak.
      7. Be Adaptive.
      8. Be Persistent.
    2. Appreciate Life
      1. Choose to Think.
      2. Choose to Make Your Life Meaningful.
      3. Choose to Let Your Life Speak.
      4. Choose to Really Live.