Redefining Success at Calo

Success is measured in terms of self-improvement rather than by triumphs over others.

Albert Bandura, David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Science in Psychology / Emeritus at Stanford University
Have you ever tried keeping up with the Joneses? Not only is it exhausting, but it can be damaging to your self-esteem.A lot of times in life we define our own level of success by comparing ourselves with others. For example, rich people are deemed successful because they have more money than most. Smart people are considered successful when they do better on standardized tests than others. By constantly comparing ourselves to others, we are setting ourselves up for a big let-down. There will always be someone with more money; there will always be someone who does better than us at school, or at work.

We can never really achieve success if that success is based on comparison.
One of the goals in our Recreational Therapy program is to help our students at Calo redefine success for themselves. Through physical challenges and achievements, we can boost their personal sense of self-worth and self-love. This love of self creates a strong core belief for our students that they are worth something, and that they are important.One of recent physical challenges we had our students participate in to demonstrate personal success was to prepare and take part in an extended bike ride. Each student had months of training to gear up for the bike ride and they had to set and achieve goals along the way. Some students rode up to 50 miles, while another 100 finished somewhere in-between. Their total distance was not important this therapeutic recreational activity was about giving each student the opportunity to do their personal best and achieve success on their own terms.