School just commenced in California, at least here in the Central Valley. Like many new beginnings, students are dreaming about what they want to accomplish this year. They are thinking about making good grades, which clubs to join, sports to play and how they fit into the big picture of life.
In the 2006 – 2007 school year, Brock Osweiler, who is now one of the quarterbacks on the Denver Broncos was starting his senior year at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana. Ahead of Osweiler in the lineup for the quarterback is the famous Peyton Manning. Since being drafted in 2012, Osweiler has dreamed of becoming the number one quarterback for the team.
Being the quarterback for the National Football League (NFL) team takes definite qualities. Osweiler must possess these qualities if he hopes to accomplish his goal. According to Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post, Osweiler had a lot to prove this pre-season and is starting off right.
He spent the last three seasons in the NFL’s green room, waiting for an opportunity that will never exist as long as Manning is upright. ~DENVER POST
According to the article, the head coach of the Broncos has pushed Brock Osweiler to develop certain qualities such as better footwork and releasing the ball at the most opportune time. If Osweiler works on and improves these, he is sure to reach his goal of becoming a famous NFL quarterback.
1. Have the student make a list of what he or she wants to accomplish this year.
Look at the list of what they want. The list should be unique to them and their dreams and goals. Do they wish to make straight A’s for all classes or just a specific one? Maybe they want to be the quarterback or represent their family in the school art exhibit. Some students may aspire to be the president of the student council or be a Chief in Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC). The chances are that each student has an idea of what they want to accomplish this year. Also, the chances are that some don’t have any goals in mind for the year, but just “want to be.”
This is a list of wants, and many people are great a creating this list because we are all tuned into what we want out of life. The next step will take this exercise to the next level.
2. Make a list of qualities a person would need to have the desired outcome from list one.
This list is more complicated, as it will cause the student to have to think less about the want and more about themselves and changes they may have to make. As mentioned before, many of us know what we want, the issue is that we do not know what it takes. People see the student getting straight A’s and may think that the student is gifted or has some special skills. What they do not realize is that although very few fit that gifted or special skill category, more often it is the hard work and dedication of the student that leads to the desired grades.
The point of separation for the student that accomplishes what he or she wants in a school year and the student who does not, is the personal qualities they possess or gain.
These characteristics can be achieved in a short period if needed. Let’s say a person has the desire to be the top student in the class. Since this is the beginning of the year, timing is perfect. Everyone is starting at ground zero. Each student has the chance to be the top student. If a student wants to be the top but procrastinates when it comes to getting papers written, then the student may need the quality of an “action taker” to become the top student.
How can someone gain that quality if he or she have gone ten years procrastinating on writing papers? That is where step three or list number three comes in.
3. This step is where people fail. Make a list of action steps. MOST IMPORTANTLY take action.
These actions must work toward the qualities that the student desires gain. Each action step taken will improve the chances of accomplishing the students goals.