Theme: Orientation Week – Self Regard: New Beginnings; Planning; Motivation; Intentions
“The mind is like a parachute – it only works when it is open” – Unknown
Well…it is orientation week, the start…the first step to being where you want to be in life. Doing well in your academic program takes some planning and motivation to work through the difficult times. Have you ever taken a moment to visualize where you want to go in your life…what you want your life to look like? I mean in real detail! Will you have a job that allows for a balance between your personal and professional life? Will you travel with your work or will you primarily work in the same location?
The problem that most people have with developing a vision of their future is that they tend to limit themselves to what they, or others, think that they can achieve. Open your mind; think about your ideal life and career. Start the vision; try not to limit yourself by negative thinking. Once you have a vision, start thinking about small steps that can take you in that direction. Infuse this directional sense in every choice you make. Will this take me closer to who I want to be and where I want to go?
Open your mind, re-direct the negative thinking that limits your vision and create a future that you would love to be living in your academic life, career life and overall personal life.
Today…try to visualize what you life will look like in 5 years, in 10 years in 15 years? Think about the details, what matters to you, what steps you may need to take to come closer to realizing your goals. The specific steps may not be clear right now, just create general directional steps…head in the general direction with all of your decisions and take advantage of opportunities that move you closer to your goals. Volunteering, participating in campus events, doing something each day that scares you a little (pushing your limits)…
Dream big and take small steps each day that keep you moving toward your ideal life. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
Don’t forget to email me if you want access to the eLearn Modules! Really…you should…loads of good tips to help build your skills…AND…it just may entertain you a little 😉
Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)
FG Success Coach @ Mohawk College