Watch the news….or on second thought, don’t. It’s bad. Putin is being passive aggressive, North Korea is building nukes, Kim Kardashian ate a Pretzel. (Not sure what is the worst in the list).
I daylight as a High School business teacher and coach. I work with teenagers every day. I work with 14 year olds just trying to fit in and I work with 18 year olds trying to find their way out of the building (which is really soon if they pass their classes!).
The thing I find about teenagers is (and is no shock) is that they really don’t think “down the road.” They think about tonight and maybe next week, but there is no long-term vision. Now, if they had one, it may change weekly.
Teens and even college students just don’t stop enough to really evaluate their lives. “Am I studying something I will use in the future?” “Am I dating someone I would like to marry?” “What is my 5 year plan?”
Even more than that, they don’t stop and think about what their lasting legacy will be. I have an acquaintance that is a former college athlete that saw his brother tragically die in a car wreck some years ago. Having that “opportunity” changed the entire trajectory of his life.
In reality, this isn’t just a teenage problem is it? I’m just going to leave this video here and let you watch it. Powerful stuff. Allow this “opportunity” to change you today.
Do you have a 5 year plan? A 1 year plan? 6 Month? Still struggling day to day on what to do?
A wise man once said “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it everytime.” Unless we are going to set some goals and get concrete in our productivity and mission, we really are at best treading water.
Maybe your goal needs to be finding a job: Set out to research jobs, locations you would want to work, and things you are qualified for. Maybe you need to set out a quantity of job applications you want to put out there a week?
Maybe it’s skill development or furthering education? Maybe it’s financial.
The key is to really spend some time thinking. I promise you that finding a concrete goal is the first part of getting some forward momentum in your daily life. The second part is finding someone to come alongside and join you to keep you honest. (Accountability)
Homework: Set up a plan for some aspect of your life. Make sure you can measure the goal, that it is specific, and it has deadline. Then find someone (like me) to help focus that goal and get you moving toward it. Direction + Passion= Abundant life.
There I was graduating college with a degree in Broadcasting. I really didn’t know what I wanted, other than I knew I wasn’t going to be working in that field. Ironic, wasn’t it? I didn’t want to work the crazy hours for so little pay in events I had no interest in.
As I sat on my rental house’s couch for the next couple weeks (after being deceived into thinking it was a great idea to just hang out for a semester) I watched my bank account drain.
I also felt a tug in my heart to go after something.
I found that life was much more fun with a goal in mind or something to achieve. I really didn’t know what that was though. I stumbled across substitute teaching (because that was the quickest way to employment.) I found out I loved spending my day with the kids, interacting with them and listening to their stories. I had found something I really enjoyed. I actually eagerly looked forward to that call at 6 the next morning that would ask if I could come in and fill in for a teacher.
I found myself up out of bed, motivated to do a good job (which is also fulfilling) and to do it again the next day. I eventually figured out that I wanted to do it full time. So, now I teach. I had goals formed and a direction set and I was able to get to the finish line, all the while seeing things come together to reach it.
Do you have an idea of where you want to end up? Maybe not in a career, but in relationships, in income, in your relationship with God? Let’s hear what you think. Feel free to comment!
Maybe another question would be, why not?
I currently teach High School in the Midwest. I also coach. I have found that I enjoy mentoring and relationships far more than the heavily structured curriculum and strenuous standards I have to constantly meet. I’d much rather make someone’s day than see them get a computer program down pat (not that I would mind either one).
What I really want to do is…..Make a difference. I am a firm believer in finding something to do that you feel passionate about, fits into the “big picture” of your life, and that can be tangibly reached through the proper process and preparation.
The name of my blog has to do with what my pastor is always saying. He says he wants to be “fully alive,” and he won’t take anything less. Jesus said he came to give abundant life. I want that for myself, and I definitely desire that for my clients. As an individual trying to find your niche, you need to ask yourself: What is the point of this? (Purpose), What is my goal and how am I going to get there? (Direction), and Why is this what you want and how do you know you will see it through to the end? (Passion).
I’d love the opportunity to help you out in this journey.