Your life could be this easy: you know where you come from, you know where you are, and you know where you want to go in life – and then you plot a plan to go to where you want to go, and then you go there.
The problem is that so many students don’t pay attention to where they are, and have never asked themselves where they want to go in life. Then they passively bounce their way through life, careening hither and thither. There is neither plan nor purpose. Nobody gets too far.
Talking about life goals and purpose and direction in life is the job primarily of parents. But in the beginning of the year I act in loco parentis and have students write a letter to themselves about goals and what they want to get out the school year.
Then I take that letter and secretly mail it to students during the difficult “Farch” (February + March, before spring vacation) time of the school year when students and teachers are tired and losing focus. The letter, which they forgot even writing, appears in their mailbox. It helps to keep students focused on the larger goals.