Where do I get started?
Every one of you has a talent, every one has wishes, and every one has dreams. What stops you from pursuing those dreams? Is it your family, your friends, or the lack of opportunities? Maybe is it because you are 12 or 13 years old and think you are too young?
We can come up with many reasons stopping you from pursing your dreams. What if I were to tell you all those reasons we come up with have one thing in common? The one ingredient that keeps you from reaching your dreams is your personal lack of courage.
Now, I know many of you are thinking "What does that mean? I lack courage?" Let's get acquainted with mile 1 to better understand what that means.
We will begin by listening to this video voiced by Les Brown. Once you have listened to this video, follow the directions below the video.
After listening to the video lets go to our canvas journals. How did you feel after listening to this video? If it made you angry, tell us about it. If it made you question yourself, tell us about that too. Write down in your canvas journal how this video made you feel and then submit. Remember our Rule 1. Be honest with yourself!
Let's dig deeper into change and the unknown! Watch the video below before proceeding.
There are many things people do not like to do, one of those things is to change. No, we don't mean change as in changing your clothes.
What we mean by change is:
To make change to your habits to become something different.
Let's look at this example:
Sarah likes her daily routine but she struggled in her classes. She told us that her daily routine included:
1. Waking up at 7:00 am (School starts at 8 am). Resulting in her barely getting to first hour on time or even late sometimes.
2. Fighting sleep through her classes because she is tired.
3. After school goes to work to help support her family until 11 pm
4. After work, fighting sleep to do homework for 30-60 mins before bed.
After watching Sarah's story, how does her daily routine compare to your situation at home? In Sarah's situation, it was work but maybe your situation is athletics, clubs, or academic studies. We all are fighting some sort of struggle, so what is your struggle today? Let's take some time to reflect on it.
Reflect on this in your canvas journal!
Is it scary to think about what your life will look like when you are 20? 30? 60 years old? It is like trying to find the end to a hiking trail through thick fog, you just cannot see it. That is where we begin to panic a little because we feel lost which can cause fear. The fear of the unknown captures the attention of millions of people everyday. Part of the fear of the unknown, is it is the unknown! We do not know what our lives will look like or how we are going to achieve the goals we have for ourselves right now. Some of you might become an incredible athlete, actor, instrument musician, doctor, lawyer, or marketing specialist. For others, you may own your own business, work for a really great organization, live overseas in a foreign country or do service projects. The list can go and on.
My point? The sky is the limit and, at any moment, you can become what you are dreaming you can become. Do not be scared of the unknown! Instead embrace it because whether you like it or not,the unknown will always be apart of your life. But that is the exciting part of taking risk!
At the end of every lesson you will have a task to complete. Each task will require you to use a camera (of your choice) to video record.
Let's jump down to Mile 4 to see what your first task will be!
Mile 4: task
After you have watched the video by Les Brown, I want you to think about the following:
1. What is your biggest fear for your life?
2. What scares you about getting older?
3. What motivates you to either get out of the circumstances you are in and become better? What motivates you to want to become just like someone you know?
You can record your response utilizing one of the following tools:
1. Video Phone
2. Digital Camera
3. Computer Video, etc.
What type of video you use is up to you. Please remember that the video must be clear enough to see you and loud enough to hear you.
Once you are finished, you must upload the video on canvas.” Is this the same as the canvas journal mentioned earlier? If so, we will need to make sure that all of these match up.