A while ago I was looking through a few papers and found some goals I had made along with two quotes. It was interesting to read the goals of a young teacher (about 14 years old) and reflect on where I am now.
W. Lynn Fluckiger, Dynamic Leadership "Any excuse for non-performance, however valid, softens the character. It is a sedative against one's own conscience. When a man uses an excuse he attempts to convince both himself and others the unsatisfactory is somehow acceptable. He is perhaps unconsciously attempting to divert attention from performance, the only thing that counts to his own want for sympathy. The user is dishonest with himself as well as others, no matter how good or how valid, the excuse never changes performance."
My Goals with suggestions from a youth leader:
Mission - Live righteously to go and save your money. Prepare to serve a good mission by studying the Book of Mormon every day.
Graduate from college with a four year degree - Start getting good grades now so you can get in. That means study and do your homework and extra credit. Apply for scholarships.
Celestial Kingdom - Live righteously. Don't fall for Satan. Be married in the Temple and serve others. Have faith in Christ and become his friend.
Help out as much as I can - Do nice things for people. Serve people and be their friend. Talk to Bishop if you want a calling. But, you don't need one to help - be a missionary.
Spencer W. Kimball, Oct 1974 "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask, Why not?... We do not worry about HOW and WHEN and WHY. We say WHY NOT?... I repeat my witness that He will unlock doors and His promises may be relied upon. I know He will stay the opposition. He will mellow hears and He will pave the way if we have faith to pursue."