Last Updated: December 21, 2017, 3:48 pm

To Boldly Go: Take first step in goal achievement


Don’t come to college this semester still cocooned in a passive mindset and floundering in personal discontent.  

Are you 75 pounds overweight yet dreaming of a career in modeling?  Are you dying to ask out the cute junior you pass every day in the cafeteria but sitting and eating alone instead?  Do you fantasize of famous speeches while you are too terrified to do anything but whisper during class presentations? 

What mystical force is stopping you from achieving all your hopes and becoming the person of your dreams?

The only thing holding you back is you.  Realize that, and everything else is easy.  You have wings, be they sparrow or eagle-sized. Use them to leave the nest of your fantasies and leap into the future of your reality.

Even if you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, you should know very well who you want to be. Every movie you’ve ever watched, every book you’ve ever read, and every paper you’ve ever written has contained a little glimpse of the person you are dying to be.  

Those glimpses are the fluffy down feathers that warm your little baby bird nest. They comfort you. They keep you warm, alive and dreaming. They smell like the life you want for yourself. What life do you want to live?

Today, be honest. Grab a pen and some paper, sit down in a quiet place, and imagine your future. Imagine yourself, happy, successful, fulfilled. What do you see? Describe the scene as it comes and don’t spare the details. 

Dig deep and discover what the life of your dreams looks like. Admit what you long to be. Decide what you are willing to do to achieve the pinnacle of your personal success.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. How far are you willing to fall before you finally fly?