Pick a Prize

The prize is whatever you decide it will be.
Decide now so you’ll know what to keep your eye on, and then keep your eye on the prize. The prize isn’t always easy to focus on. If it were everyone would have it, and it wouldn’t mean much then.

Now that you know what the prize is, you know that the prize is not your part time temp job, or a relationship that you are really not ready for, or partying. If your focus drifts toward any of those things, snap out of it. You can’t focus on the prize if you’re focusing on why he hasn’t called in three days. You can’t focus on the prize if your head is in a toilet. Work hard now. Enjoy life when you have earned the prize. The prize is worth celebrating. Turning 21 is not the prize. 

Own your mistakes.You’ll never learn from your mistakes if you don’t own them. How can you focus on the prize if you keep making the same stupid mistakes?

The prize is moving. Move more. You don’t want to wake up one day and realize the prize has moved too far away for your atrophied ambition to reach. 

Be kind to people while you focus on the prize, and to yourself.  Don’t talk yourself out of the prize. Having the prize isn’t scary. Not having a prize to focus on is.
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The Daily Post, February 12, 2016, Daily Prompt: Alma Mater~You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/alma-mater/”>Alma Mater</a>

2 thoughts on “Pick a Prize

  1. “Own your mistakes.You’ll never learn from your mistakes if you don’t own them. How can you focus on the prize if you keep making the same stupid mistakes?” Great advice!

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