The following is a guest post by a friend:
Going to college was a goal I grew up wanting to achieve. I promised myself that I would be a college graduate, no excuses. I wanted to get my masters in human resources and hopefully the lessons would come along the way.
Every single day when I woke up I read a new quote that I would post on my mirror the night before. Sometimes all it takes to succeed is a little extra push at the beginning of your day to remind you where you want to be in the future. But sometimes plans change and the way we deal with the change and vision is what really makes us who we are!
First, drop a habit that has kept you from reaching your potential!
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. –Joseph Campbell
Sometimes the lessons learned along the way teach you that your plan may not be the best for you. The plan is just that, a plan. And usually, when we make a plan, we veer off because circumstances have changed by the time we need to follow through.
Secondly, act on your dreams!
Great dreams contain inexhaustible truths, and orient us, like runes, toward our future. One hesitates to try to explain them; one wants to dance them, act them out in living gestures. The more we put ourselves into a great dream, the more we get back. Great dreams are wells that never run dry. –Michael Grosso in Soulmaker
Your personal well will never run dry, if when you veer off, you follow your dream each day not necessarily your plan. Don’t let yourself be limited by the plan. DREAM! If tomorrow you want to be a writer then be a writer! Just because your goal was human resources does not mean you cannot still keep that goal while adding a new goal. Clearly, now the goal needs to be tailored with both visions of the plan and the dream.
HAVE THE COURAGE TO LIVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE
In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience- the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men- each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. -John F. Kennedy
Not only should you not limit yourself by your personal plan but you should not limit yourself in your beliefs because of others. Don’t let your decisions or opinions be overtaken by others, although suggestions should be seen as possible opportunities. The opportunities will each have obstacles that present themselves throughout the way and recognizing and dealing appropriately is the goal for the dream!
HAVE THE COURAGE TO OVERCOME
The world is full of suffering. It is also full of the overcoming of it. We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world…. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. –Helen Keller
When your personal plan does not go the way you planned, take it as a learning experience. Just because you are feeling consumed by the impossible and the changes take a second to let it strengthen your dream. Come out a winner!
HAVE THE COURAGE TO ENDURE
Coming out a winner does not necessarily mean winning. Winning is when you endure through the problems, through the bumps, and come out standing tall. The lessons learned throughout are the most important!
Winning means living your goals!
Nothing worthwhile ever happens quickly and easily. You achieve only as you are determined to achieve… and as you keep at it until you have achieved. -Robert H. Lauer
Each vision or goal that you hold is tailored by the way you overcome, how you live in your actions, and what you believe deep inside!
It is only by thinking about great and good things that we come to love them, and it is only by loving them that we come to long for them, and it is only by longing for them that we are impelled to seek after them; and it is only by seeking after them that they become ours. -Henry Van Dyke
Henry Van Dyke says it best with the last quote! He is my favorite!
Which ones are your favorite quotes? Do you have any to share?
REMEMBER: Believe in yourself; go get it and finish strong and proud! Whether it is for your degree or not, you can achieve anything you put your mind to!