16 Aug Never give up on your dreams to find true success
All routes to find true success start with having a dream – and then working hard to make that dream come true.
As with everything, Back on Track Teens began as an idea, a dream, to help make the world a better place for teenagers and young people who were struggling to find their way in life.
The principles that Back on Track Teens was founded upon and the foundations of the programme itself, reflect the ideas, attributes and behaviours that lay down a pathway to success.
And in helping so many others to find their pathway to success we are also able to celebrate our own success. Back on Track Teens is thriving. This is great news because it allows the company to reach more and more young people who need support to achieve their own success.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
Set a goal and stay positive to find true success
Success looks different for everyone, but it always starts with having a goal, striving for that goal – and staying positive!
Of all the superpowers dream chasers need to hone, positivity is the big one. If you can stay positive you will always find a solution to keep chasing your dream, even if you get knocked off course a little.
Backing up that positivity though, is resilience. It has been found that ‘grit’ is the secret ingredient to success. Your willingness to stick at it and get stuck in when the going is tough. Getting through touch patches will let you get to other side where you can enjoy your success.
“A good half of the art of living is resilience.”
Alain de Botton
Find your hero and be inspired
There are so many amazing examples of people who have had a dream, then shown courage, resilience and positivity to achieve that. To help you take the steps that you need to on your journey and achieve your dream, find people who will mentor and support you, those who have followed their own dream or whose vocation is to support young people.
Look for examples in public life too – with all the sport going on this year you won’t have to look too far. There was a time with the FA did not allow women to play football, the England’s team has just shown just what women can do when they are given the chance!
“The most important characteristics you need to succeed in business are resilience, determination and persistence.”
Choose your ‘why’
So how do you start? Set a goal! But the ‘why’ for your goal is just as import as the goal itself. Know why you want to do something and keep a hold of that reason every time you need a little push or reminder. Your ‘why’ can be whatever you want it to be, but always use it positively to keep you motivated.
- Do you want to buy your dream home?
- Do you want to have the freedom to travel?
- Do you want to win a world title?
- Do you want to make your parents proud?
- Or do you want to make a positive change in the world?
If it is your why, it is always a valid reason to chase a dream.
Be open to opportunities, accept that your pathway may change but keep the ‘why’ in your heart and your goal in sight as you follow your pathway to success, however bumpy it may be on the way. Never letting go is the answer when you really want to achieve something.
“You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.”
Dates for your diary
International Youth Day, August 12
This UN day aims to make sure the talents, abilities and welfare of young people are considered and allowed to flourish in working to make the world a better place. This year it recognises the problem of ageism against young people, where their views are ignored. On International Youth Day, young people are invited to have their say on world issues and, in particular, sustainability. Take this day as a reminder to speak up, be heard and strive for goals with a positive mindset that you can make a difference.
Never Give Up Day, August 18
Never give up, that says it all really. If you have a dream, or there is something you want to achieve, never give up. That is the only way you are going to achieve it. As the organisers say, ‘be prepared for disappointment, but never give up’. That is the secret to success. On this day, celebrate your own determination, double down on your goals, or celebrate some who has supported you or shown great resilience.
World Humanitarian Day, 19 August
World Humanitarian Day acknowledges humanitarian workers, and the sacrifices and differences that they make. This year the theme is #RealLifeHeroes with people being encouraged to acknowledge and celebrate real life heroes. For TeeJay, her real life heroes are kids who turn their tribulations and traumas into triumphs and victories to change not only their own lives but the lives of others too.
Back On Track Teens has secured funding for a 4-day residential course for 17 to 21 year olds, which focuses on developing personal leadership into employability. Funding has also been secured for four 4-day ‘Careering in the Future’ programs for 17 to 24 year olds. This is also an employability program with a difference, where training will be delivered to the Young Offender Service Team, including Ignition! modules.
TeeJay is delighted to further develop the support on offer to young people and said: “We are chasing our dreams of expansion and growing the team with new premises that have our own training and coaching rooms.”
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals -that is, goals that do not inspire them.”
Choose the life you want to lead
Having a purpose in life starts with setting a dream – but that dream has to be for you, it has to be personal, and you should be clear in your reasons for pursuing it if you want to reach success – always keep your ‘why’ in mind.
Having a purpose is often linked to happiness, and this is certainly true for setting a dream and following it. The sense of self-worth and resilience that you will develop in working towards a dream will transform your outlook on life. Be prepared for setbacks but be prepared to dust yourself off and carry on – it is this resilience that makes a difference.
Are you struggling to find your ‘why’, or to set a goal to follow? Back On Track Teens has mentors that will help, or you may find the answers that you need in our online community. Share your experiences, offer advice or find support at:
Start today and set out a goal that you would like to achieve, however small or grand. Take the first steps, know your ‘why’ and get to work on developing a resilient and positive attitude. Before you know it, you will be amazed how far you have come if you stick to your plan and keep your goal in sight.
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