“Vision without execution is hallucination.”
When it comes to academic and lifelong success, few quotes are more true than this. We experience it in the form of saying that we are going to work harder in the coming term, we are going to stave off procrastination, or that we are going to ask for the help we need. It’s all much easier said than done though isn’t it?
The first test comes around and we see the deadline approaching from far away but still choose to wait until the last minute. Last time we said never again, this time we accept our faults.
There has to be a better way. The way forward begins with a similar vision for how the coming term will play out. Much before the first day, we must find a path to executing our vision by deciding that we are going to work harder, deciding that we will stave off procrastination, and deciding that we are going to ask for help when we need it.
The difference with the method first described and this new one is that we now have actually decided to do it. This decision implies that we are willing to do whatever it takes in order to make the vision into a reality. It means skipping parties, it means avoiding comfort, and many times it means making ourselves uneasy with the expectations we have set for ourselves.
The silver lining in this cloud is that when the reality is accomplished, the feeling of achievement and growth that come with it are valuable in themselves. Look forward to the fact that these feelings of accomplishment will be so fulfilling that they will plant the seed for the process to start again and a new vision to be created.