Kevin Washburn, author of this article, states that attention is part of resilency. Resilience requires the ability to imagine what the future can be. Teachers can equip students to focus on the present, the way forward to a future. This article has great modeling dialog - teacher and student - interacting one step at a time so that task becomes manageable.
Teaching resilience: Attention. Kevin D. Washburn. 3.27.14. SmartBlog on Education.