Leg #1: Motivation
Last time, I asked you to think about what “success” looks like for you. If you did your homework, skip to the next paragraph. If you didn’t (Lesson learned: do your homework! There’s usually a reason for it), go ahead. Do it now. We’ll wait. <bored humming> Ready?
Understanding what your target looks like and who you want to be when you get there, is one of the most important things you can do as a
student human being. The clearer that picture is in your mind, the more likely you are to do whatever it takes to make it happen. That mental image of who you want to be is your motivation. It’s the reason you do what you do. Find a way to make that picture in your mind as real as possible: look for photos in magazines, on websites, or books that represent your dream. Write a paragraph describing that idea and post it somewhere you’ll see it every day. Record it and play it as you go to sleep. However you do it, you need to keep that picture clear and accessible.
Is that the only motivation in your life? Of course not. You go to your job and work hard in order to earn money to pay your rent, feed your family, and pay your bills. You may hate that job, but you do it because your vision of yourself now includes a roof over your head and food to eat. You volunteer at your kid’s school because your vision of yourself now includes being an involved parent. For our purposes, we’re looking at your vision of yourself ten years from now.
Homework: Before next time, keep track of how you spend your time for a week. (There are schedule templates in MS Word you can use, or you can search on-line for a “time management log.”) The key to this exercise is to be brutally honest. No one’s going to see it except yourself. No one will judge you for how you spend your time. Next time, we’ll look at how much time you’ll need and analyze your schedule.