Stop Making Excuses
November 20, 2012

About New York City, Frank Sinatra sang, “If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere.” It really is true. But, it can be easy to let yourself get swept up in the hype of New York City, without actually taking any steps to make your own dreams come true. I’ve realized that while I’ve put myself out there in the last year, you only get as much out of New York (and NYU), as you put into it.

During a leadership retreat over the last weekend of September, I wrote down goals I want to achieve this year. What is it that I want to accomplish, and what steps do I need to take to get there? This was the best thing I could have done, as it really made me kick into gear. In my notes, I wrote in underlined massive letters, “STOP MAKING EXCUSES – You have no reason to pass up on opportunities, just because you’re scared of failing.”

Well, then.

Since writing down my goals, I have taken the steps necessary to get to some of the places I want to be by the end of the year. These include getting an internship this semester and going to work in a hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand over Winter Break. And it wasn’t even that hard! I just had to start thinking about myself and my goals, and push aside the fears I had in the back of my head. For if you want to “make a brand new start of it, right there in old New York,” as Sinatra sang, you have to stop doubting yourself.

I would encourage anyone – at any age, in any point in schooling or a career – to write down their goals for the year (and for the next ten years, as I did.) This may seem trivial, but think of it as a to-do list for the next decade – and just think, how great will it be when you can cross off some of those goals? From experience, I can tell you, it feels pretty great.