Whether you are richer or poorer, in the penthouse or the projects, running the yard or getting run off of it, we all want to GROW! As student leaders, we all want bigger and better. We want better programming, more attendance to meetings, and more recognition on campus. In order to do bigger and better we have to grow and redefine our student leadership and become more powerful, effective and balanced student leaders.
We have all heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals, but they can only get you so far. Exapanding your horizons requires you to reach for the stars. Set a goal that is only attainable if you operate at your most powerful, effective, and balanced capacity, something that is going to make you stretch! Picture yourself the master of your craft, your community a thriving utopia, or any other flowery superlatives you can come up with. Set a goal of greatness. NO MATTER HOW GRAND, SET BIG GOALS, without them you will never know how close you are to your destination. Big goals help create powerful visions.
After you set your goals, align them with reality. If you want to be a top executive or graduate at the top of your class (which are not as closely related as people make them seem), do some dang research!! Figure out how the people doing what you want to do did it and pattern (not copy) your plan accordingly. You want to have the most community service hours on campus (even though you only have 10 members/4.6 that show up to service events), figure out what your campus counts for community service hours and figure out how your group can maximize the parameters of the system. REALIZE GREAT GOALS REQUIRE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK! To maximize your work, be effective; eliminate doing stuff just because and do the things that matter first!
Keep your options open. It is perfectly fine, and incredibly intelligent, to adjust your plan/focus to maximize your current conditions. Some of the greatest comebacks happen after halftime adjustments are made! Don’t be too proud or arrogant to believe that your original plan was so gangsta that it was bulletproof!! Situations, “people,” and you have one thing in common….they all change! And your goals and plans should leave room to accommodate those changes. Also, educate yourself on the resources that are available to you; are there any partnerships or special assistance offered by your school or job that can help reach your goals? ALWAYS HAVE OPTIONS.
This is the most essential part of the G.R.O.W. strategy. You can set all the goals in the world and have all of your options open and primed, but if you never START the process, it doesn’t matter. As a leader, it is your responsibility to inspire and ignite the WILL of your group. It is your WILL that provides the catalyst to achieve your aggressive goals. Your WILL can reshape your reality and create options that you never expected. Your WILL can motivate you to conquer your failures and drive your successes. Your WILL will when your dreams can’t! Your WILL puts the Miracle in your G.R.O.W.!!!!