Chapter 6: Take Action on Your Desired Direction
There isn’t a student or person that doesn’t want to find their desired direction in life. I can’t explain why some people just know when others don’t, but what I can say is that everyone has something they really want to accomplish or achieve. I really believe that every person has a purpose to follow while they are here on this earth. This could just be the teacher inside my heart talking, but there hasn’t been one student that I didn’t want to find their purpose in life. I know that when students do find their purpose, they will work harder and be more focused than ever. They will smile more and be better citizens. They will help others and share their knowledge. The good thing about every person finding their passion is that your community and world are rewarded by your presence.
Depending on the personal factors of health and abilities, every student has about 55- 80 hours per week to work, study, develop interests, and get involved in other commitments. This is a lot of time and we can get many major things accomplished if we use this time in focused action. A major portion of this time should be used to act on your desired direction. You may not know exactly what you want, but you do have some idea of the big picture. That is where your actions start. What are the big picture things you want to accomplish? Once you have an idea of those things, you can now start to ask more specific questions.
How do you get to where you want to be when the path is foggy and the big picture is so far away? Well, if you know your big picture involves you being successful, then you need to act in certain ways during the path of the voyage that you can see. One of the major mistakes I made in high school was believing that I could just turn the success on and off when needed. That isn’t always the case. No one makes it through life without some intense sacrifice if they really want to accomplish something. If you feel that you may want to accomplish something, then you have to start to add a few things to your life that will benefit you no matter where you are on the path.
By acting on your desired direction, you prepare yourself to always act in your best interest toward success. This doesn’t mean that you never help others or lose respect for those around you, but it means that your mission is so important that it will lead you to helping more people as you achieve your personal goals. Some students tend to get stuck on the wrong actions. They are good at doing the actions that take them further away from what they really desire for their lives. How many times have you decided to get involved in an action that you knew was taking you away from the path you really wanted? Without trying so hard to be perfect, it is time to get on the track where your actions are moving you toward your desired life goals. As you ad this characteristic to your daily routine you will see that your successes aren’t as hard, or as far away, as they seem.
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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