Most high school and college commencement speakers tell graduates something akin to “you are the future – this nation depends on you!” And most parents tell their children something similar, perhaps like “you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.” Unfortunately, for the majority of graduates, one of two things happens: (1) little to nothing, or (2) they fail once or twice and have no clue what to do next – so they give up. We hear lengthy discussions from professors and college officials about today’s college students responding weakly to challenges and failures. If today’s young people – ostensibly the leaders of tomorrow – are going to change or improve the world, they are going to have to begin by changing THEMSELVES – soon!
How to tell if your high-schooler has the basics for success:
- · Have a beautiful, lofty life-goal yet, even if it’s probably unrealistic?
- · Take initiative toward his/her goals and hopes?
- · Take some small step(s) daily or at least weekly toward it?
- · Demonstrate self-discipline by forgoing immediate gratification for future success or gain?
- · Thoughtfully decide how to use his/her time, both work-time and leisure?
- · Rebound or recover from defeat reasonably?
- · Maintain attention to time control, i.e., keep a calendar or daily planner – and follow it?
- · Receive positive, encouraging parental support toward his/her goals and dream?
Of course, no teenager (or adult?) will be absolute in these areas – so your question becomes – how much is reasonable? Does s/he demonstrate these habits -
· Very little?
And here’s the bigger question: is anyone ‘in charge’ or taking the lead in further strengthening them? If you’d like to learn how you might strengthen your student’s possibilities, please email or call us at Launch-Your-Life.com, (518) 475-1538.