As a parent myself, my advice to others would be don’t leave your teenagers future up to fate, you really might not like the landing. These 3 simple steps to ignite your teen’s passion for life can help you help your teen set long-term life goals. Don’t wait till they are teenagers to start, start at an early age. Discuss what they want to be when they grow up. There answers may and probably will change,
often, but by the time they are teenagers you and they will have a better idea of what direction to go. What’s important here is that by working though these steps they become more aware that they have a Life Goal and will be less likely to fall into life’s early traps, you know the kind that can totally derail their future.
At my age it’s easy for me to look back now and see I kinda missed my mark when it comes to long-term life goals. I had things I wanted to do with my life that might’ve taken me in a whole other direction. For example I wanted to join the Air Force and eventually work for NASA. But I didn’t have anyone sit down and explain life goals to me. No one helped me make a plan for my life. And I certainly didn’t do it on my own, how many of us do when we’re young?
Now I’m perfectly content with where life has brought me. A simple housewife having been with the man I’ve loved since being a teenager myself and having together raised five wonderful daughters. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit occasionally I get some little tug at my heart that makes me wonder if there’s not something I should been doing that would have impacted our lives for the better.
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1. What are you passionate about.
Make a list of things that make you happy and careers that your interested in. Note what job descriptions you think you would enjoy. Take a trip to any local career fair and have a look at what programs
are available for your interest. It’s worth noting that some local high schools offer college courses. Make an appointment with the academic advisor and discuss your options. You could also use the internet or library to do your research. And remember just because your taking initiative and starting early doesn’t mean anything is set in stone. As we grow and experience more our goals may change.
2. Make a plan for your future.
Now that you know what you want to do let’s plan out the steps that will help you reach your goal. Determine what educational program or training you will need. List which companies or employers pique your interest in the field you have chosen. Note family or friends who may be able to help you network with others in those fields. You may think that you’ve thought of everything, but be prepared to make changes if something new comes up.
3. Take steps to reach your life goals.
The seed is planted and the plan is penned, so what next? Pursue the courses that will help you in reaching your goal. Don’t overlook school activities, part-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities. Market yourself by finding the unique value you can provide to others and communicating it. Ask for help if you find yourself stumbling. And stay focused on your goal by reading your plan once a week reminding yourself that your already on your way to creating a life you can’t wait to live.
Where do you want to be in say 10 years, 20, 30, 40 years? You may find that you have more than one goal for your life IE: marriage, family, and career. Hold yourself accountable by discussing your life goals with your family or friends. Share with them your success and failures when they happen. Having them to support you can have a major impact on your over-all success.
But most important, making life about being true to who you are and not what your family, friends, or society tells you that you should be. Only then will you truly find your passion.
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