When we’re young it seems that our whole life stretches in front of us and we have unlimited opportunities and endless time to do everything we want to do. What we often don’t realise is that if we don’t make a conscious effort to plan for our lives, opportunities and time can slip by and we are left with little but disappointment. Going along with the crowd may seem like the fun and easy thing to do, but if we really want to make something of our lives, we may need to take another approach.
Making a Dream for Life
The great achievers in life are all great dreamers. Most people who have accomplished impressive things have imagined the day when they would see their dreams come true. They set themselves big goals then work out what smaller goals are needed to see their dreams realised.
Making a Direction for Life
It’s true that if we don’t care where we want to go, any road will get us there. But if we do have an end goal, we have to work out the pathways that will reach it. This may mean study, learning a new skill, changing habits, or even changing the people we mix with. It certainly means focusing on the end place we want to be, and moving steadily towards reaching that place. It may seem that our life is in a mess and that we can’t move forward, but remember, our present circumstances don’t determine where we can go; they merely determine where we start.
Making a Difference for Life
If we look around us and say, ‘This is not the type of world I want to live in’, then maybe we need to change it. The best way to make a difference is to look in the mirror and start making a difference in our own life. Lack of ambition, substance abuse, negative friendships and risky behaviour may steal our opportunity to reach our potential.
Making a Difference in the Lives of Others
Looking beyond ourselves to our family, friends and community allows us to make a difference in the lives of others. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Being a role model, helping friends to make good choices, and being involved in community projects not only makes a difference to others, it helps to develop and define who we are.
We can drift through life allowing happen-chance to determine our future, or we can live a more deliberate life, making conscious decisions about what actions to take, and preparing ourselves to take our place in shaping the type of community we want to be part of. This will help us to take control of our own destiny. It will also prepare us for the exciting process of Making A Difference for Life.