Foley High School Leadership

Life Skills 101, because life can be tough…

Guest Speakers…Genesis: The Awareness Company

Genesis – The Awareness Company is a national personal and professional development company based out of Spanish Fort, Alabama.  The owners and principle trainers, Elizabeth McGonagle and Gregory A. Banks, are alumni of the Baldwin County School System and, combined, have 25 years of experience in the fields of human resources, management, and entrepreneurialism.  They brought a positive message of hope to the students of Foley High School on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.  

Mr. Greg said he went into speaking because he wanted to give back the things he has learned in life that he didn’t know in school. He stressed you don’t have to be the smartest person in school, you just have to be the best person you can be.

Ms. Elizabeth stressed “If you put out crap, you get crap back. ”

  • negative attitude
  • little or no effort in school
  • talking disrespectfully to parents, teachers, and family

If you give out any or all of these things, what you will get back will be negative. She said we are who we are. We are what we think we are. “You are who you tell yourself you are. If you don’t like where you are now in life, you have to decide to be something else. Pretend to be a nice person – you will become one. Not a good student? Pretend to be one.  Act like it and watch what happens.

How do you get what you want in life? How will you get  that car, that house, that wife or husband, that career?  The things you want…how do you get  them?

Be positive.

When you wake up in the morning, think about something you are grateful for. How will that make you feel? You should feel positive.  Focusing yourself on negative things in life makes you feel negative.

Even thinking about being on the beach can make you feel happy.

Want to make better grades? Learn more in class? Make a subtle shift – make eye contact with your teachers. Teachers will interact with you more.

  • Thoughts are powerful.
  • What you think about determines how you feel.
  • Your attitude determines where you go in life.

Ms. Elizabeth stressed that “the pursuit of happiness” is junk.  You create your happiness. You create happiness by the choices you make.

Mr. Greg pointed out that you make an impression on people who don’t know you. You are important.

Ms. Elizabeth and Mr. Greg are both “glass half full kinda people.”  How do you see life? Is your glass half empty or half full?

Mr. Greg and Ms. Elizabeth’s tips on relationships with parents:

  • Be respectful to your parents.
  • If your parents aren’t setting the greatest example for you, or don’t model the best behavior for you, then you model it for them.
  • You can’t change other people; you can only change yourself.
  • As you become more positive with your parents, positivity will come back to you.
  • Learn from your parents, and teach what you learn to your children one day.
  • If your parents treat you like a kid, then chances are you are acting like a kid.
  • You can’t control other people’s behavior, but you can affect it.
  • You can say something seriously or joking can change other people’s lives.

Big Concepts to focus on.

Your life starts and ends with you.

Decisions you make now will affect you for years to come.

Your choices affect both your life and other people’s lives.

Your decisions are critical.

If you want it, and you can see it, you can achieve it.

A Big thanks to Ms. Elizabeth McGonagle and Mr. Greg Banks for giving up their day to speak to over 450 students in both Leadership classes, PAWS,  and other academic classes as well.

We really appreciate your time and positive energy, and we send out best wishes for the success of your company.

A.  Major


Genesis – The Awareness Company

Genesis – The Awareness Company consults with companies and corporations to help them fulfill their full potential and maximize their most important asset – the talent that they employ.

Genesis specializes in cultivating a culture of shared vision between owners, managers, and staff.  Genesis also works with individuals through personal development seminars.

You can contact Elizabeth or Greg at or call (251) 510-0104.


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