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The Secret DVD is great to use with a unit with a Psychology unit on thought. There are several great activities and writing prompts that work well with the DVD. Below are questions that can be presented to students before watching the DVD. The questions and responses can spark some great class discussions.
I hope you find them useful.
The Secret: previewing questions
The mind is an amazing and powerful thing. People have thought of cures for diseases, how to make an atomic bomb, and how to use technology to improve lives. Since thoughts are so complex, one question cannot cover it, so I will give you several ideas. Pick the ones you identify with the most. The only requirement is that you write QUIETLY for the time allowed. If you finish answering one question, select another and continue writing.
- In general, are your thoughts positive or negative? Do you think about what will go wrong, or what will go right? How do you think the “attitude” of your thoughts affect your daily life?
- Do you believe in “positive thinking?” Do you think your attitudes and thoughts impact events? Can thinking positively make a difference in your life?
- We all have so many thoughts that run through our minds throughout the course of the day. Some people thoughts might be: Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? What will I do in the future? What’s for lunch? Who is on facebook / twitter? Will everyday humans ever travel to the moon? Will I be happy? Am I reaching my potential? Who will be my college roommate? Where will I go to college? Who will I marry? What are some of the thoughts that you have frequently? Include some of the ideas you have for answers.
- “You are creating your life in every moment with the thoughts to which you give your most attention.” (page 11, a Complaint Free World) Analyze what thoughts dominate your thinking. Explain how these thoughts translate into action. (For example if I am very focused on the college application process. These thoughts may lead me to put energy into meeting deadlines. If I am thinking about an upcoming performance (music, sports, etc.) how do these thoughts translate to my attitude and actions?
- “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.” – Buddha “We become what we think about.” Earl Nightingale What are you becoming? What thoughts are shaping your life?
- “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale In what ways can you change your thoughts to improve your life? Give specific examples to illustrate your point. In what ways would you like to change the world (or your world)? How difficult is it to change your thoughts?
- “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” Analyze this quote. What do you think it means? How has it been true in your life so far? Explain how it will impact you in the future.
- “When I was a boy, I used to stand by the lake and throw rocks as far as I could into the water. After the initial splash, I would watch the ripples travel out in every direction until they lapped the shores of the cove on every side. Together we can create a ripple; right now, in this small community, we can begin something that can touch and transform the world.” (page 13, a Complaint Free World) Discuss a time in your life where you feel your actions had a “ripple effect” that impacted many people. Explain your role in the activity and specifically how you became aware that you were impacting more people than you expected. Do you think something like being positive or not complaining can make a difference in other people’s lives too?
- “You can change the world, by simply becoming an example of positive change.” (page 18, a Complaint Free World) Select a person who you think is an example of positive change. Give reasons to support your choice. (Rudy, Emanuel, Mother Teresa)