It is often said what we think we become.
Let’s take that one step further: What we do we become.
Two weeks ago on this blog I introduced three ideas worth practicing in our lives: Awareness, Assumptions, and Actions. Once we have an understanding of what we do, and why we do what we do what we do, we have a better chance to plot an appropriate course of action.
Actions help create our movement for improvement—beyond our limits and toward our potential. Dreams can be great motivators. However, without disciplined action those dreams will quickly turn to fantasies.
Some students come in all fired up and ready for action—or so they assume. They have the latest technology; they have a full load of classes; they are ready to tackle it all and get to their finish line as soon as possible. “Come on, professor, give it to me. I’m ready, ready, ready. I can see the degree in one hand and my first million in the other.” What do I see? In four weeks they’re out of gas.
Sometimes we feel like that, too—we run out of gas.
Some students run out of gas because they lack an awareness of how “to do college.” But more so, there’s a question of discipline; a question of “stick-to-it-iveness.” And many times they are not aware of this.
A recent study of first-year college students by Noel-Levitz found that nearly one-third self-reported that they either get bored or quit within a few minutes of a study session. About 40% said they do not have a system of personal self-discipline.
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It becomes difficult to succeed in school, relationships and life without persistence or disciplined action.
Here’s your homework. Let’s apply these ideas. Pick one area of your life where you would like to gain (or begin to gain) a clearer awareness of what you are really doing. It could be a goal, a challenge or a full-blown crisis. Something that you would like to confront. Something that if challenged or embraced will require that you tap into the genius that is already living in your soul.
1st. Are you truly aware of what you are already doing or would like to do in that space? Can you describe it in detail? How do you know what you say you do is what you actually do? Consider a coach, mentor, good friend or video feedback to help you reflect on your action.
2nd. Once you know exactly what you are doing, ask yourself, “Why do I do what I do?” Why do I respond like I do? Why do I act like I do? What values underlie my actions?” Are you validating yourself or are you betraying yourself? Once you know exactly what and why you do what you do, then you have a better chance to plot an effective course of action.
3rd. We need to move from preparing for action to creating action. And that requires discipline and commitment to make those constant little adjustments necessary that are the prelude to serious action and then lead us on our movement to improvement. Ask yourself again how you know this is the correct course for you. Does it align with your values? Again, dreams without actions are fantasies.
It is often said what we think we become. Let’s take that one step further: What we do we become. Awareness. Assumptions. Actions. Let those become the three ideas worth practicing in your life!
Make it a wonderful week—H.T.R.B. as needed.
Information on my newest book, Choices for College Success (3rd ed.), can be found at Pearson Education.
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