We all have dealt with it at some point. We are rushing through spring because we are so excited for school to be over and summer to get started, then we wake up one morning at a time that is clearly past when the bus usually picked you up. You now realize that it is summer time and your life of going from class to class to performance to meeting to church to friends house to party to class to…..is over. You now have to take some initiative to figure out what the next couple of months are going to look like. Unfortunately too many spend way too much time trying to create some detailed and lavish plan. By the time they have lockdown all the things they want to do and accomplish, they wake up and are rushing to catch the bus again.
The truth is, planning is important and in fact, it is essential to be successful in today’s world. That said, over planning is a sure fire way to create failure. Now that summer is here, you have the opportunity to catch up on some of those goals you have been letting slip away. Maybe you have wanted to write a journal, well then, go buy a journal and start writing. Write down a summary of what your school year was like and what you are looking forward to doing over the summer. Then, be sure you summarize each week for the rest of the summer. You will soon get into a flow or pattern of writing in your journal. Heroes have journals; they have too, otherwise how are people years down the road going to know about them and the wonderful things they accomplished?
You will find that as you take time to write down your thoughts, ideas, dreams, goals you will soon discover that their motivations and things inside you that maybe you did not even know about. You will discover things that bring new energy to your life. There is something relaxing, therapeutic, exciting and rewarding about keeping a journal. You may never know who will read it in the future but one person that will is yourself. Years down the road you take a look back and realize so many things about who you were back then. It will guide you, teach you and may even surprise you. There is nothing better than learning from a hero, and you are a hero. Do not be selfish and keep all of your experiences to yourself, keep a record.
It is summer time, you have the opportunity to do something simple but will have a lasting impact on you and many others. Don’t wait, get started today.
We have all heard the saying that we attract like-minded people or we surround ourselves with those like us. We have the freedom to choose who we surround ourselves with. I find it interesting when teenagers start going down the wrong path and their first response is often about how others do it. I am not even talking about peer pressure here, I am talking about full on accountability of our own decisions. With the precious freedom to be able to decide who we surround ourselves with, we should want to have those people who will influence us in a positive way. Those that want to see and help us succeed. In return, we should want to be that time of person to others. We are all looking for positive things in our life. We may define them in different ways which is a great thing but the truth is we are all searching. What I love is that when we find these influential people, we want to spend more time with them, we want to create a stronger connection. It is this connection that can really start to move us towards our goals and dreams.
I have tried hard to have people in my life who can uplift me, teach me, mentor me, bring positive influences when I need them most. As I have done so, I noticed that the connections I make lead to others who have a similar vision and passion. It becomes evident that the circle of influence is strong and real. We must take it seriously but also know that it is a living circle. We can add and take away from it. We have the freedom to do so. When we are teenagers, we often feel like many of our freedoms are not there. However, there is something very powerful about selecting good people to be in your life. Your parents, leaders and teachers will have a different view about you and your direction. That can create another level of freedom which can help lead you to happiness. Don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself.
Write a list of the people closest to you in your life right now. List some of the reasons they are so important to you, what have you learned from them, what would you like to learn from them? Take an assessment. If you are missing a key part of your goal puzzle, then go find it. Allow yourself today to find others that can bring positivity into your life. You deserve it. You need connections and positive ones are the type that will get you to where you want and can be.
Make it Happen!
How do you define a hero?
Here are some common definitions from a variety of different dictionaries and sources:
- A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.
- A person noted for special achievement in a particular field.
- A person revered especially for noble courage.
- A person who is looked up to for having done something brave or noble.
- A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal
Now a deeper question, are you a hero? Depending on who you ask and the situation you are referring to, you will get a variety of answers. Many people may not consider themselves a hero even if others identify them as one. The truth is, every single person, especially teenagers, youth, young people have the ability to identify what makes them a hero to themselves and others. It is this identification that is so important. With so many outside influences many of these great teenagers are lead astray and may never reach their full potential because they have not found the hero within themselves.
The journey we are about to embark on has been one where there has been years of preparation, experiences and identification. We have found the hero within ourselves and now want nothing more than to help the wonderful youth of this world help identify what makes them a hero so they can positively influence this world. We hope you will join us.
Founding Board Member
The Pink Shoe Hero Foundation