I have always been impressed with people, who know exactly what they want in their lives. I struggled my Senior year, because everyone kept asking me the old famous question...SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN YOU GRADUATE? I remember feeling frustrated because I really didn't know what I wanted to do with my life at that point. In my Junior year, I was engaged and after I broke that off, I was only sure of one thing... that I didn't want to be married right away...especially at 16 years old! I knew that I needed and wanted to move away from home, but I wasn't sure about college because I struggled so hard in High School. So I really didn't know! So when I would hear other Seniors say..."oh, I am going to ...., I am planning this for the next 4 years or ..whatever. I envied their ability to make a decision on their future and to have ANY type of direction in their life.
"To the person who does not know where he wants to go, there is no favorable wind."...Seneca
Now that I am a mother for the 4th time of a Senior, how grateful I am that he is better prepared for the REAL WORLD than I was, actually all of my kids have been. I have repeated to them, on more than one occasion (when they say they don't really know that they want to do for their future), that "it isn't vital as a Senior to know exactly what you want to do in the future. What really matters is what DIRECTION you are going." I should have known and focused on that, in those early years. So since this last Senior of mine, is into sports, I found a poem, which is an Attitude Plan by Billy Donavan (William John "Billy" Donovan, Jr. (born May 30, 1965) is an American college basketball coach and former player. Donovan is currently the head coach of the Florida Gators
Even though I am not a Senior anymore (well that type of Senior anymore :), I still think this is great advice to remember!
BILLY DONOVAN'S ATTITUDE PLAN
Always making today my best day
Taking pride in a job well done
Treating others with respect
Isolating my negative thoughts
Treating tasks as opportunities
Utilizing my talents every day
Doing the job right the first time
Expecting positive outcomes daily
Speaking well of others every day
"The key to motivation is motive. It's the why. It's the deeper "yes!" burning inside that makes it easier to say no to the less important." - Stephen R. Covey
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” ~ Will Rogers