My English class is reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. While I don't necessarily like the book, some of the things it has talked about have really been applicable to my life.
For instance, "Begin With the End In Mind", the second habit, talks about knowing where you're going before you even get started.
The chapter says that this approach to things can help you get them done faster, more efficiently, and with a better mind-set. I think that that is 100% true.
Sometimes, certain things are harder to do than others. You just don't want to do them and you absolutely can not make yourself get them over with. But when you pause for just a second and think about how you'll feel once you've done whatever it is you need to do, it is suddenly far, far easier to go and accomplish that task.
Also, there is something called a personal mission statement, a motto that states what your life is all about.
To have a personal mission statement is to have laid out the most basic guidelines you want to live by.
I'll be working on my own mission statement, and I'm sure many of my classmates will be as well.