Pave Your Way to Success With the Three P’sPosted: June 16, 2011
Another word I substitute for “goals” is “dreams.” To me, they are one and the same. Children have dreams of becoming doctors or ballet dancers. As they grow older, the dreams become a little more specific, dreams of getting into the right college to become that doctor.
Then the dreams get practical like buying a nice house in the best neighborhood or losing 10 pounds before that summer vacation. But all dreams or goals, whether small or big, practical or nonsensical, have one thing in common: they take a lot of hard work and effort to achieve.
Some might even argue losing those 10 pounds is just as difficult as trying to get into medical school. “How in the world am I going to do that?”
Luckily, many people already are seeking a solution after pondering this question. The entire first chapter of Texas State Technical College’s Taking Charge: Your Education, Your Career, Your Life is all about planning for your future, and this is where I came across the “Three P’s.”
The first P is Plan. You really want to shed that winter weight before soaking up the sun at the beach? Plan to workout. This actually might be the hardest step. Everyone can say they’re going to do something, but half of the time, especially when it comes to something that seems so unattainable, hardly anyone follows through. Write down on a calendar the exact times you plan on going to the gym. You can even write down what you plan on doing while there. Of course there are many other elements like eating healthy, so you can plan on changing your eating habits by setting up a specific meal plan.
The second P is Prioritize. If you’re a student studying to become a doctor, partying on a Tuesday night is probably not the best idea. Priorities. Study first, play later. This step takes a lot of self-discipline. I don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to watch my favorite TV show but had to turn the TV off because I had to study for an exam. There are always other options, like in my case, I could access Hulu, the website where you can watch television shows 24 hours after they have aired. Prioritizing can eliminate stress and frustration later on.
The third and final P is Persevere. Some goals, like the goal to become a doctor, can take years and years to accomplish. The only way to get through it is to keep your eye on the prize. As a doctor, one day you’ll be helping people. After losing those 10 pounds, you’ll not only look, but also feel great. Often when we relentlessly chase our dreams, it can be difficult to see the finish line. But if you really want something, you can make it happen.
The “Three P’s” are a great way to pave your way for success. Although, I think there should be a fourth P. After you Persevere and achieve your goal, you should give yourself a Pat on the back. Or throw yourself a Party. You’ll probably deserve it.