Typically, we live our entire lives with some type of goal in mind. We often listen to our everyday goals that make sure we take out the trash, feed our pets, or finish up an assignment.
However, much of the time, our more extensive to-do list is sitting in the back of our minds, waiting patiently to be accomplished. Whether we want to skydive, write a book, or start our own business, we generally reassure ourselves that “It’ll happen some day,” without taking charge in the present.
Most of the time, it’s much easier to say we’re going to accomplish something than to actually do it. Somehow, we are able to make elaborate plans for situations we haven’t experienced yet. But when it comes to when those situations will occur, we’re usually at a loss for words.
For example, after the countdown is over and the clock turns to midnight, how often do we actually stick with our New Year's resolutions? How often do we even start our resolutions?
Of course, it would be impossible to set a goal without thinking or talking about it first. Something as big as starting a business or writing a book requires a monumental amount of planning and dedication; even skydiving is worth researching before deciding to just go for it. However, there comes a point in time where the planning becomes a way of stalling, ultimately pushing away the goal instead of working toward it.
It’s excellent to not only possess self motivation, but to have someone supportive in our lives who can help. For me, that person is my mom. She pushes me to pursue opportunities that I would’ve been too timid to take without her motivation and reassurance.
For example, when we saw the article in the Post Bulletin asking for teen columnist applications, I was immediately intimidated, as my experience with writing consisted only of school essays and projects. I had never written for anything before, let alone a newspaper. However, thanks to my mom’s persistent encouragement, I turned in an application.
Sure enough, despite feeling a bit anxious at the start of the program, I couldn’t imagine not being a part of it now. It was definitely worth the short-lived apprehension, and I could say the same for many other experiences in my life.
This comes to show that most of the goals we set for ourselves are entirely achievable, it’s only a question of how much preparation is truly required and how much motivation we can harness from ourselves and accept from others. When all is said and done, maybe we will have done more than we have said.
Grace Sprecher will be a senior at Mayo High School. Send comments on teen columns to Jeff Pieters, firstname.lastname@example.org.