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Find Your Passion

Step 1: STOP!
Try to stay put for a few moments and just be by yourself. "Disconnecting" from distractions lets you "connect" with yourself.

Step 2: GO!
Ask yourself "what gets me moving?" What activities or classes make you excited? What things do you do that you would you be willing to wake up early for and give your time for free?

Step 3: STOP!
Can't figure out what you love yet? It's OK. Make a list of the things you definitely DON'T like. Sometimes being clear about what you are NOT passionate about is just as helpful.

Step 4: GO!
Find places where you could get more experience and education and EXPLORE your passion! Incorporate all of this into your goals. Your passion might lead you to a job or career you love. Explore possibilities at CareerZone.

My Goals Worksheet (PDF: 203K)

Personal Leadership

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?"

- Robert Schuller

Personal LeadershipMaybe you don't like to be in the spotlight but still have a passion to create change...

Or maybe you just want to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

This is where personal leadership comes in. Giving yourself the opportunity to live up to your own potential is one of the best forms of leadership!

Getting Started

  • Find Your Leadership Style.

    There are different kinds of leaders. Identify your strengths and think about what kind of person you are. Are you a visionary? a Doer? an Organizer? a Connector?

  • What's Your Passion?

    Leaders usually focus on something that they want to change. What issues in your school, program, community, country, or world get you excited?

  • Set Goals. Leaders know where they're going - or at least they have a pretty good idea. One way to build your leadership skills is to learn how to set good goals and work toward them.
Your goals should be:
  • YOURS...not someone else's.
  • Stated in a positive way. Say "I WILL..." not "I might..."
  • Specific. Try "I will decrease my time in the 100-meter dash by 2 seconds" instead of "I will be faster."
  • Realistic. But don't short-change yourself!
  • Written out.
  • Achievable. Include a way to measure so you know when you've arrived at your goal.
  • Finite. Have a beginning date and an end date. There should also be time in between to review your progress.
  • Manageable. Include smaller steps if a long-term or a large goal.
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