Setting Goals, even ones beyond what you think is possible
My mother taught me so many things in life and one of the very first lessons that I paid attention to was never stop trying to reach for the goals you set. She would always read me the story, The Little Engine That Could before going to sleep as a child. Well, that bedtime story worked because my tests in life began at an early age. One of my first tests that I can remember was to overcome my "learning disability," as I was so kindly labeled.
My issue was grasping Math, especially fractions...yikes! All I needed was a good teacher who was patient and could break down the material in a way that I was able to understand (visual learner). For all of my elementary school years, I had to fight my way out of that classification. The story that kept me motivated was The Little Engine that Could. Each year leading up to 6th grade I would progress one step closer to letting go of that label and feeling dumbed down and by the time I graduated to middle school I was sailing free.
This may seem like an easy goal to reach, but when school staff and "experts" are telling you to your face "you will NEVER graduate," at times it made it a bit difficult. Talk about firing me up, little warrior spirit reared it's face at them. I didn't say much in response to what they would tell me but to what I knew secretly, I am the little Engine that WILL graduate. My actions spoke louder then my words and here we are today.
I think I'm going to pay those experts a visit ;)