Section II: The Characteristics to Success
Always remember to make these characteristics your own so that you head in the direction you desire. Living your path and being of value to others will deliver you with multiple chances to have the focused and productive life you seek. If you are floating, then you are in the right place to make the right decisions so you can achieve the success you desire. Trust me on that.
While going through all of the following values, take a few moments weekly to see how small wins are starting to happen in your life. As you notice these small steps, you will notice yourself moving toward your goal. If your steps are taking you away from your goal, then you need to make a pivot. We all have to make pivots from time to time.
Be kind to yourself and others. We all make mistakes. Apologize for your mistakes and wrong doings so you can get back on track as fast as possible. Not everyone is going to forgive you for your wrong doings, so make them as small and infrequent as possible. Cherish the opportunity to see how far you have come in a month, semester, and then a year. Celebrate little wins with more action in the right direction, and celebrate bigger wins with others while doing something you enjoy.
You can’t work all the time, as the body and mind need a break. Yes, you can remain as structured and disciplined as possible, but you will burnout if you don’t take necessary, scheduled breaks. During your breaks, do something different to stimulate or relax other parts of your brain. If you have a relaxing destination or getaway, then feel free to use this space so you won’t overload yourself. There is a balance that is needed, and you don’t have to be a superhero. Leave that to the people in the comic books.
Trust that you can do it. Everyone starts from the bottom. This book started with one word, and from there it just grew as I was typing according to my goals. You will need all kinds of faith, trust, belief, and that “can do” spirit that you can muster for this journey, but you will make it if you get used to pivoting and not quitting.
This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014. The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.
Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it. During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible! The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them. Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.
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