Work Ethic Chapter 3 Prepare for Tomorrow, Today

When I was a high school teacher, I would assign a project where my freshmen would share the things they wanted to accomplish in life. Students were not only to share what they wanted to accomplish, or attain, but show it in pictures. At the time, I knew it was good to visualize what you wanted in life, but I didn’t understand the true value of knowing and going for what you want. When you accomplish a few things, you tend to stop asking bigger and bolder actions of yourself. Looking back on those projects, I know there were some bold actions those students wanted to do. I wonder if they accomplished them, or fell into a life of good enough. At this point in your high school career, you have to ask the bold questions that will lead you to the real desires of your heart. You don’t need to know the exact steps, but you do need to develop a specific direction.

These thoughts will jump-start your thinking and actions so you are working on goals that will lead you toward your desires. What are the steps to get to your goals when you don’t have the specifics? Daily, you should take 20 minutes and visualize what you need to do and what you want to accomplish the next day as it relates to your long-term goals. At the end of your day, take time to visualize how the next day will go, and make a list of things you need to accomplish. Doing the status quo will lead to an end point, but those accomplishments may benefit someone else more than they benefit you. By taking a few minutes to prepare for tomorrow, while living in the present, you assure yourself a road map to follow as your journey unfolds.

There are many ways to prepare for tomorrow, today. Saving some of your money will ensure you have cash when something you really want comes along. As an entrepreneur, I have to constantly plan for tomorrow. Most of my actions are done for me to accomplish what I really desire in the future. As I have improved my thoughts, it is easy for me to delay spending a few dollars a day on food and making the choice to eat at home. My actions are designed for me to achieve something in the future.

Think of today as the opportunity to accomplish your immediate goals, and to get one step ahead on your future goals. When I was teaching, I would remind my students that today is filled with opportunity to either get ahead, or fall behind. Taking today to prep for tomorrow isn’t as hard as it seems. Just take a short period of time, say 20 minutes, and plan for the next day as it connects to your accomplishments.

Prepare for tomorrow by understanding your desires for success will help move you into action. I have worked with many students that have truly wanted to be more successful in school and in life. These thoughts were exciting and scary at the same time. Much of what students experience regarding the future is related to a lack of confidence in accomplishing their goals. Talk is cheap, yet we give so much credit to some of the best talkers in our society. Don’t set yourself up to only be a talker. Face your desires with truth, and get to work on yourself so you can accomplish them one day. How do you know what you want to accomplish? How do you know what success is? This is the advice I received, and still use to this day. Success is very personal, and it is totally up to you to decide what your life will look like. This means you may not make a million dollars, but if you are doing the things you desire a high percentage of the time, you may call that successful. The beauty of your life and mine is that I get to define what I believe as successful, and so do you. Are there some general rules to our society? Sure. However, to each their own if they don’t want to live by those rules.

If you take the time to soul search and listen to your desires you will be able to take the appropriate actions to achieve what you want. Even if your actions take you in the wrong direction, your desire for success will help you to correct the mistakes and keep pushing toward a better future for yourself. There is no way you are going to get through this life without making mistakes. Most will be small, but there will be a few big ones in there.

Pierce Brunson , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at,, and

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