We all do it, some more than others. The question is, when? Setting goals for the future can start at a very early stage in life. As a child we are either leaders or followers. We decide if we are going to keep leading or keep following evening as a child.
The Leaders in Early Life
There are many leaders in childhood. The teenagers that join sports and win the game, score high, and are inspirational to other students may be destined to be a leader. When a student encourages teammates to try harder a do better at sports and school this may inspire him/her to become a teacher, coach, sports player, or more. A good leader, especially early in life, enjoy the influence they have on their team, the inspiration they have to make their team do better, and is not hard on their team when they fail; but encourages them to take it as a lesson to learn from and do greater the next time. Being a leader is not easily learned. It is a gift born to a person that has patience, a kind heart, potential admiration, and firmness to teach a lesson and earn respect from the team.
Followers Early in Life
Are you a leader or a follower? I asked myself that questions many times when I was a child. It is sometimes difficult to be a follower when one has the heart of a leader. There is a time and a place for everything, when it is destined it will happen.
There are times when followers need a little growth in their goals, their enthusiasm, or their desire. As teenagers grow into a young adult they may not want to be in submission to bosses all the time. This can be one of two things, rebellion or forward-looking. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of forward looking is concerned with or planning for the future. Have you ever been like this in the past? If you have you are a leader.
High School Graduation, College, Days Thereafter!
High School Graduation
High school is the best time in life, next to college. Great experience, friends, life lessons, sports, art, and so much more. Although by your Sophomore/Junior year one should know what he/she wants to do in life, at least have an idea of the Field they want to be in.
Already this early in life we need to set goals for what we want to be when we graduate college. There are many life goals popping up all of a sudden. You want to get married, graduate college before marriage, do you want to even go to college, stay local of go out of state, and more. There is so many decisions as graduation comes up, life is just starting.
The Days Thereafter
After college what is going to happening? Well we all want to find our career, right! well in 2010 only 62% of college graduates had a job that required a college degree. Also only 27% of college graduates had a job related to their major.
What does this mean? Is it important to go to college? Maybe it is just a waste of money? Well evidently a college degree will get you a job better than working at McDonald’s, but you are unlikely to get the career you are aiming.
A Little Advice
You may be wondering why I am writing about this. Well I have been through this. Even when I graduated High School it was not likely to get a career for the degree. You were more likely to get a better paying job. Now even a good paying job is hard to get by day to day. First thing I am going to advise everyone is to work out a budget. I have been working on this since my first job in High School. When I did have a serious budget going I was able to save money. When I got away from my budget I was tight to a dime. Always keep bills first, but budget some “free money” so you can go out and have fun.
The second thing I want to advise on is time. Time you will never get back. It does not matter if it is work, family, business, friends, whatever manage your time so you can get tasks do efficiently and effectively.
Finally I want to advise to think ahead, form a plan. I do not mean to take out the garbage. I am referring to starting or reforming a business, family events, college reunions, or any long-term events. This helps relieve stress when you go, lets you enjoy life, and feel free. Of course there is no problem to take a immediate weekend trip or make a immediate sale. Some things need planned and others need to happen.
It is not hard to set goals for the future. Listen to your heart, rationalize with your mind, and follow your dreams. Dreams is what makes us aim high and win, it does not matter where we started early in life.
Ryan A Carson