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Dream Big

I recently took a road trip with a couple of my friends where we saw about 11 different Universities to get started on our college applications process. Among these included the Ivy Leagues and several others like New York University and The University of Chicago. I was impressed by every college that we visited and would love to go to any one of them. The reason that I am talking about this trip is because seeing all of these colleges, all of which are very prestigious and have extremely low admissions rates, inspired me to dream big as I navigate through the college admissions process. I still have lots of research to do before I start applying, but having a dream is the first step of many and I can’t wait to get started on this journey!

I want to encourage everyone to dream big, no matter what. That is the first step. No matter how lofty it may seem, it is the first step in propelling you to achievement.

Anxiety

As a junior in high school, I take many tests. Recently, everyone had to take state tests for science and history, as well as the ACT. Between studying for that and all of the homework that has been piled on, I haven’t had much time for anything else-like sleep. I’ve also noticed that there is a lot of anxiety. Everyone had varying degrees of anxiety; but it seems to be fairly consistent with 3 different variables. They were

  1. How much a student prepared
  2. When that prep work was done
  3. How important the test was to each student.

To discuss the first point; how much a student had prepared. Those who had studied for several hours were a lot less nervous than those who hadn’t studied at all.

Next; When that prep work was done. Those who had started studying several weeks in advance also felt more ready for the tests than those who had started only the day before or none at all.

Lastly; how important the test was to each student. After being told that the state science test wasn’t only important and the only score we would receive was a pass or a fail on the bottom of a transcript, many people weren’t worried too much about studying for this test. In contrast, we have all been told that the ACT is very important for college admissions so many people were very nervous going into this test.

Based on this, I have a solution for dealing with anxiety over specific projects, and no, it’s not just self-care like exercise and salt-baths (however self-care is also very important). As soon as you find out about an important project, whether it be a test or otherwise, put it on your calendar. Then, now that you know how many days you have to study or prepare, determine how much time you can and want to commit to working on it each day, or which days you will work on it. Planning that out is one thing, but actually doing it is another. If it helps, it may be useful to even write down the days on your calendar that you plan to study or work on that specific thing. Determine how important that thing is to you; a Finals test would be more important than a single homework assignment, and would therefore have more time dedicated to working on it. Just by doing a simple action such as making a plan and following through with it, you can greatly reduce anxiety.

The Beauty Not Captured

A few days ago, I was walking and something caught my attention. It was the moon, and between that and the colors of the sky around it, I was awestruck by the beauty. I quickly pulled out my phone to snap a photo, but as always, it didn’t quite capture the beauty of the scene. I’m sure most everyone has experienced those “reality vs. expectation” moments where what your phone captures just doesn’t look like what you’re expecting. But, like many other things, there is a lesson to take away from this. Just like a phone camera, it is difficult to catch all of the little details, there is so much to learn about each person that you meet. I want to encourage you in the coming week to see the beauty and potential in everyone, and remember that what you see may not be the whole picture.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!! I have had such a great 2018, starting my Junior year in High School, earning my drivers license, and making great progress on all of my goals. I can’t wait to accomplish even more in 2019. I’ve already been setting goals, like for the Girl Scout Cookie Sale and my Gold Award Project. One of my favorite New Years traditions is setting a resolution. It has become common to dismiss this as a joke, as many people set a goal to lose weight, buy a gym membership, and never go through with it. However, I think that this is a great opportunity to really set goals for yourself and want to give you some tips for achieving your New Years Resolutions.

  • Set reasonable goals for yourself While you may want to do something, sometimes it may not be achievable. It is up to you to determine what you are realistically capable of. You should always set goals to challenge yourself, but never past what you think you can do. I would never set a goal to read an entire novel in an hour, I know that I’m just not capable of reading that fast, but I could set a goal to read it by the end of the week or month. I know I could do that and have enough time to enjoy the book
  • Make a plan for how to accomplish them In my speeches, I have always talked about how important tracking my sales were for me for the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Every year, I set my large goal, then break it down to see how many I need to sell each week, day, and hour (this also helps me determine if it is a reasonable goal). By setting this plan, I achieve many things. First of all, I’ve made the goal look a lot easier to reach by breaking it up into bite size pieces. I have also determined how many hours I need to spend working on my goal.
  • Set a deadline “A goal is just a dream with a deadline”-Napoleon Hill By setting a deadline for yourself, it is a lot more difficult to procrastinate forever. It is a lot harder to say “I can do this tomorrow” if you have set a deadline of having it done by tonight. Just imagine how many projects that you wouldn’t have completed if you didn’t have a deadline. Same goes for personal goals- if you find that you’re not completing them, set a deadline for yourself.
  • Have an accountability partner Having someone to remind you to accomplish your goals is a great idea. Nobody is perfect, we can forget sometimes or just not be in the mood to do anything that day, so sometimes all you need is a little nudge from a friend to help you along in your goal.

Reaching ALL of your goals

I haven’t posted in a couple weeks because I’ve been very busy with homework, so I wanted to post this week about reaching all of your goals, and not just a few. I set a goal to start posting weekly, but I also set many other goals when the school year started, and even more before that, so once my homework load got larger, posting took the backseat, but I still do want this to be a priority. SO, here is my advice for (1) remembering to take the necessary actions to achieve all of your goals and (2) making sure that you are prioritizing the right things on the right days; get a planner! This can come in many different forms depending on what your preferences are, but the point of a planner is to write down everything that you need to do and perhaps even designate certain days for different things to make sure that you don’t feel overwhelmed to do everything all in one day. For me, I use a planner that I got at the dollar store, which is set up so I can see what I need to do everyday for the entire month. I know that there are also planners that display one week, a few days, or even one day at a time. In addition to this, I have small whiteboards which I also got at the dollar store, and as I have temporary things that I need to do I write them down. Usually I use the whiteboards for writing a to-do list for the same day, like writing down which classes I have homework in as the day goes on.

By creating a planner and writing down  what I need to do on what day, I am much more likely to reach ALL of my goals. Even if you just write a to-do list on a sticky note, that works just as great, because the point is that you should aim to write down all of your goals. Plus, it is very satisfying to be able to check off things as you do them!

Sandler Training

This past week has been very busy for me between school starting and everything else that has been going on. One of the most exciting things that happened was that I finished my foundations course with Sandler Training, which is a 9 week program where I learned a lot about communications, success, and sales. I am so grateful to Mike Crandall for inviting me to take this course, and I learned so much that I have started applying to expand my motivational speaking business. At one of the first sessions that I attended, I learned about how to communicate better, and have been applying what I’ve learned even in everyday conversations, and the difference that it’s making is amazing! I still have a lot to work on and learn, because I hope to never stop learning and growing better, but I really appreciate Mike Crandall and David Curran for teaching me so much!

What to do when you don’t reach your goals

Setting goals is awesome, but it does create the possibility of not reaching them. I’ve found that one reason that people don’t set goals is because they are afraid that they won’t reach them. That’s also a reason why people don’t set their goals very high. But I always say that even if you don’t reach your goals, by setting one and then taking actions to achieve it, you have achieved more than you would have without one. For example, you set a goal to read two books in one week, and you read when you can, but only end up reading 1. Although you didn’t reach your goal, you still took actions to do so and ended up reading one book, which is more than you usually do!

When you see that you won’t be able to reach your goals, you have a few choices. If it’s possible, you can extend the deadline or adjust what your goal is. You can also change what you are doing to reach your goal. Over the summer I set a goal to raise $10,000 through speaking to donate to a new urban camp that my Girl Scout council is building, but I found out very early on that that was easier said than done. So I adjusted my goal. Instead of trying to raise a specific dollar amount, I set a goal for how many businesses I would go to each month to see if they would be interested in having me speak. This turned out really well in the long run, because these goals were much more achievable and I was able to gain speaking opportunities to help me raise a lot of money. I also extended my personal deadline to raise money and am doing speaking events into the school year instead of keeping it exclusive to the summer so that I will be able to take more opportunities.

Goal Setting

I am constantly setting goals, I’m sure that almost everyone has some kind of goal. Some may be more difficult than others, like getting out of bed on time in the morning, but no matter what, you have to take actions to achieve them, like setting the alarm clock. I’ve set a goal over the summer to raise money to donate to a new camp that my Girl Scout Council is building, and I’ve been making great progress on it so far! If you are interested in having me speak for your business or have questions, you can fill out the request information form and I can get in contact with you! I talk about both setting goals and how I achieved all of my goals (and how you can too!)

Girl Scout Cookie Season!

It’s time to start selling Girl Scout Cookies again and I am so excited! My goal this year is to sell 17,000 boxes of cookies. 45 cents from each box will be donated towards my troop goal to raise $10,000 to donate to the new urban Girl Scout Camp that my council will be building soon. I have heard so much about it and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. While the planning process is still going on, I have heard that there will be many opportunities for learning about STEM and high adventure skills for Girl Scouts of all ages. If you would like to support me on my goal, you can order through my digital cookie website at http://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/katie463896/girlSiteDashboardPage

Thank you so much!

What I’m Thankful for

I had a great time this Thanksgiving getting to spend time with my family and learning a new recipe. I took the time to truly be thankful for all of the things that I have as well. Family, friends, and everything I need to be happy. The cookie sale is also something that I am truly thankful for. It has provided me with the opportunity to learn, which I believe is one of the greatest gifts. I have learned business skills and I’ve also gotten to interact with people outside of school and classes. I’ve heard many touching stories that have stuck with me about all sorts of different topics. I also know that none of it would have happened if it weren’t for my mom allowing me to spend all of my time during the cookie season selling cookies. Each year my mom spends all of her free time driving me around to different places all over the city so that I can sell cookies, and I am so thankful that she has done this for me.