The past several years have gone by in a blur. It seems like yesterday that I was sitting in High School preparing for my next examination, when in reality it’s been nearly five years.
I had it all. I had the intelligence to make it pretty far, I had great teachers, and I had the right group of friends who didn’t hinder my learning experience. One thing I didn’t have though, was motivation and a will to succeed. My goal is to alter that mindset so that I can make a worthwhile living and one day provide for my family.
I woke up every morning with school being the furthest thing from my mind. Though I was in honors and AP classes, I took nothing away from the classroom because I would be thinking about what I’d do when school ended. Rather than coming home and doing my homework, I would sit my backpack down and immediately move onto something that I considered much more worthwhile: playing video games. It wouldn’t be until the next morning when I would see my backpack again.
As the consequences of my actions began to mount up, I folded. Instead of fixing what I had broken, I gave up completely, dropping out of school with the promise to my parents that I would get my GED online soon thereafter. Five years later, I’m finally getting around to doing what I promised.
I had an epiphany of sorts. Sitting around and doing nothing won’t help anyone, me least of all. I made it my mission to fix my life, and getting my GED is the first big step to completing that mission. But I know that even if I pass my GED test, nothing much will come of it unless I decide to make it mean something. And that’s where my goal comes in, that’s where having the right mindset comes into play.
It’s a day to day struggle at times. Every now and then, my lack of motivation rears its ugly head, and I have to fight to remind myself of my goals.
As a way to remedy the problem, and work toward accomplishing my goal of a healthier state of mind and increased motivation toward my future, I’ve created a strict schedule for myself. I do house work, I exercise three times per day, I allow myself time to read my favorite books, and I study for my GED test. I follow that schedule to a T every single day, and it has led me finally taking my GED test, which I can confidently say that I will pass.
What my future holds for me is a higher education, a career that will provide a steady income, and a healthier relationship with my friends and family. And all of that will come as I continue to stay on the path to completing my goal, and maintaining my improved mindset.
For the first time in my life, I am truly motivated to make a future for myself. I’m truly motivated to right all of the wrongs I’ve made. And I’m truly motivated to stay motivated. And if I can do that, then there is no limit to what I can do with my life.
It’s great that you discovered what was holding you back! Many people truly have the intelligence to pass the GED, but they don’t have the drive. That can sometimes seem like a lack in intelligence when you can’t focus on your work, but you saw past that and realized that you needed to find what motivated you. Congratulations on getting back on track, and thank you for sharing your story with us! We’re certain you’ll pass, so be sure to come back and let us know what the future holds for you!