I always start with the best intentions. I choose the healthiest blooms, the nicest, most well-crafted planter, select great soil, place it in a well-lit area, and then…hope for the best.
My plants always seem to do okay. I mean they don’t die right away. But I am forever jealous of the folks who have the same plants, the same planters, same soil, and for whatever reason, their plants are vibrant and full of promise. Their plants are not just surviving. They are THRIVING.
Turns out life is super similar to my plant habits. A great start is important. But “hoping for the best,” isn’t the most productive approach when it comes to cultivating growth. Hard work and care are required.
Hard work is important. Diligence is required to grab those goals. But your body and your mind need times of refresh as well. We all need to take a step back every now and again. Sometimes being too driven or focused on one thing can zap your energy and actually do harm to your progress.
Many people struggle to meet their goals. But I’d venture to say more of us struggle with setting goals. Reaching that finish line or hitting the target begins long before your feet hit the pavement or you aim your bow. The proof is in the planning.
When setting goals, it’s important to make sure they are SMART goals!
Let’s be honest. Times are tough. Our current circumstances can make it feel like the walls are literally closing in. But at some point…some day…not too far away…this too shall pass. Better days ARE ahead. So what do we do in this present space? We prepare for those better days.
A weird trend has developed and boomed with the invention of social media and our ability to share thoughts on the daily. The concept of “national days” is everywhere. Anything from National Donut Day to National Talk Like a Pirate Day, there’s something for everyone. But today’s “national day” struck me as something of which we can all use an extra dose. March 20th is the National Day of Happiness.
Do you have a support system? A friend, family member, or co-dreamer who cheers you along in your pursuit of your goals and life-change? If not, building your “team” could be the missing key to your success.
When people think of post-high school education, most automatically think about college. But your road to continued education may not lie in a traditional 4 year college. Are you considering a trade? If so, your skills and talents are in demand.
Need a kick start to your day? We all need to shake things up every now and again to get us going and begin our days with confidence and new energy. Even small changes to your am habits could shift your perspective and set you up for greater success in study, work, and life.
One of the greatest joys of working in our Student Success Team is hearing from real students, making real decisions for life change. Discovering what motivates and continues to encourage our students to keep moving forward is truly inspiring. Take a moment to read Stephen’s story.
If you are anything like me, life is busy. There are work, school, family, and life responsibilities at every turn. If you aren’t careful, trying to do “all the things,” can stall your progress and result in burn out.