Are you in charge or are you a victim? Do you have control over your future or is it predetermined? You do not have control over the economy, interest rates, government regulation or income tax rates, but you can control how it affects you. Does your behavior and attitude influence your outcomes? How do you manage risks? Risks are a series of choices and it is up to you.
Doing nothing is a choice too! Many unsuccessful people do exactly that, nothing. That’s right doing nothing is a choice. I have students who do nothing in my class and fail. They made a choice! They usually do not have skills to perform and they stopped trying. They failed so many times they gave up! This attitude or behavior must change or their future will be determined by others. In the real world, they would be fired.
You are responsible for your success or failure. How do handle opportunities? School was an opportunity to invest in you. The grades you achieve in high school or college can change your situation. If you have good grades, it is more likely you will be admitted to a good university. Graduating college with good grades will help you get a better job. Isn’t that why we go to school?
Grades are a measurement of achievement. It demonstrates that you were determined and worked hard over a relatively long (four years) period of time. It is proof that you acquired knowledge, skills and abilities that you can apply in the workplace. Remember, school is your first opportunity to demonstrate skills and your grades indicate how well you learned them.
It may be the first time you set goals and achieved them. School offers other ways to demonstrate skills too. Sports, student government, clubs, volunteering and part time work. You are beginning to establish habits, behaviors and attitudes that will help you achieve success or fail. It is your choice! You have control over your future by the choices you make. If you think back to high school, you made a choice to study or not.
The victims of the world will say they did not have a choice. They will say it was the teacher, friends, parents, or something else that prevented them from getting good grades in high school. Even students will poor grades can change their lives by entering community college and work really hard to make up the bad grades. The students who do not take control of their lives will blame others for their mistakes.
Taking charge of your life means you are taking responsibility for your decisions. Taking charge means you will have much more control over the outcome. You recognize the choices you make affect the outcome. You will be much more conscientious about the decisions and achieve more success in the process. Many people call this achievement or goal oriented. Success makes you more confident in your decisions and handles change better.
If you believe you have control over your future, you will be successful. Taking charge means setting and achieving goals. You gain confidence from success and you are using your skills to have more success. Making good choices and decisions build confidence and judgment. Everyone can make small changes and become more achievement oriented. This leads to better problem solving skills and success. Are you in charge of your life or are you a victim?
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