Dear Parents and Caregivers,
As our students engage in their exams and assignments, I encourage them to think about how committed they are to their studies and to be the best they can be.
There is an important difference between being interested in a life goal and being committed to a life goal. Often, we have goals we are interested in and will happily do what is convenient if that action happens to point us in the general direction of our aim. But if we are only interested in, rather than committed to our life goals, we will often bail out when the going gets tough. We will believe our own excuses and stories about why we can’t put ourselves through the necessary pain to win some gain (normally getting off social media or u tube and putting that time into the assignments). If we are not truly committed, we become victims of the reality we ourselves create in order to excuse ourselves from fully committing to the prize. We lose our passion. Our dreams dissipate and disappear.
People who are committed to achieving their dreams are going to be successful. They never give up personal accountability for their own actions and the outcomes of those actions. They will do ‘whatever it takes’, although they must put ethics and honesty before everything. People who commit to the prize will have many more reasons for why they must, rather than they have for why they can’t or why they won’t. There is a story of a Viking Warrior who wanted to conquer an island. To ensure that his men were fully committed, he burned their boat as they pulled ashore. He made it happen, he was fully committed to the goal.
As all our parents would have taught us, if you are going to do a job, do it right. A job isn’t worth doing unless it is done well. And good enough is not good enough if it can be better.