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|January 7, 2004
Without a destination, any road will get you there.....
By Chief Ronald Richards
Not long after, you'll be pressured to make other choices. What are you going to do after you graduate high school? Military service, trade school, college, or maybe you'll just hang out and get a job. You may still not know what you want to do, but often are influenced by external factors such as family, friends or a character you saw on television!
There are a few individuals in any business,
actors, athletes, public speakers, who are born with a special gift, to
go out and perform without practicing. They are the exception to the rule.
Most people have to study, work hard day in and day out to develop those
skills so they can compete. What's the problem with that? Most
people get bored.
So, what goes wrong? You get complacent. You don't set goals and therefore you accept whatever comes your way. You have to settle for the mediocre job because you weren't willing to put for the effort in school to get the good grades that would have put you in better position than your counterparts... Whoa is me.
Many times you lower your expectations
because you are faced with a challenge and rather than meeting it head
on, it's easier to avoid it and hope it will go away. Try managing your
expectations to keep your dreams alive and continue your pursuit at a reasonable
pace. Again, it seems like a contradiction to what we've all heard at one
time or another. But, actually, there is a way to keep your ultimate goal
in sight, while managing your expectations, so that you can keep your sanity
and still achieve success in life.
Start working on that roadmap
As you lay out a career path for yourself, there are some important considerations. First, write down what you hope to accomplish and how long it will take. Take training and courses that will help you attain your first goal. You can't wait until a job is posted listing special training or experience requirements to react. You need to plan ahead.
Secondly, talk to your elders. Don't reinvent the wheel. Talk to others who have traveled the same path before you. Ask what they did. Question them if they would have done anything differently. Remember, as you grow older you accumulate experience and wisdom. We've all heard the expression, "If I only knew then what I know now....." This is exactly what I'm talking about.
If you take small steps to reach your vision, you can adjust our path along the way. As you move toward and learn more of our ultimate destination, you might find that you don't want the original vision.
Realize that things are what they are, regardless of our perception. By accepting things as they are, and not what you would wish them to be, it makes it much easier to maneuver yourself in the direction you want to go. Sometimes you will have to readjust your perspectives, values and belief systems, to gain some control and obtain a clearer view of our paths.
By managing your goals in this way, you will automatically manage your expectations because you only have expectations of the immediate goal leading you in the direction of our ultimate vision. By taking on small pieces of the whole, you can easily adjust your path along the way. In this way, you must research our goals so that you can understand where you're going. In breaking up the path into the smaller goals required to reach your vision, your expectations for your vision become clearer and less imperative.
Establish a new plan based on the individual components of your overall vision seeing how the newly managed goals and expectations work in your life and how you feel as you accomplish the smaller goals on the way to your vision.
Not only will managing your expectations
will provide you with a more solid career path, but it will also
enhance your quality of life. Instead of being stressed, frustrated, and
disappointed, you can now feel good about the forward momentum in your
own life because you’re in charge of where you are headed.