Why Teen Stress Can Be A Good Thing
I was not stressed in high school or in the early years of college and that’s exactly why I performed so poorly as a student and less than my best as an athlete. I was not a good student athlete and it cost me my dream and many years of frustration. For many years, probably from ages 14-24, I was too laid back. Yes, that’s a real thing. Now don’t get me wrong, you don’t want to be a high strung ball of stress. But without some sort of pressure (ie. stress, accountability, responsibility), you can’t make progress. And progress (on targeted goals) is THE goal! That said, you must create and implement positive forms of stress (ie. eustress) into your life. Some examples may be: short-term goals, milestones, long-term goals, deadlines, etc. And most importantly, accountability partners! These are people in your life that will hold you accountable to those short and long-term goals. Without them you’re destined to fail. You can’t be the only person holding yourself accountable. It just doesn’t work. Especially when you’re a teen or young adult. Most teens and young adults are just not mature enough to do that yet. Heck, most grown adults aren’t!
Listen closely… When you coast, you’re toast! And when you don’t weigh the cost, you’re lost! This reminds of the famous quote, “If you fail to plan, then plan to fail.” Wow… If that doesn’t wake you up, then I don’t know what will! This is why it’s so incredibly important for you to have some positive stress in your life. And like I said before, you must have goals and you must have people like parents, coaches, teachers, mentors, and maybe even some of the RIGHT friends in your life who will hold you accountable to making progress on those goals. Look, I love my parents and some of the coaches I had, but if I’m being honest, NONE of them helped me set goals and obviously didn’t hold me accountable to any. Now, I’m not throwing anyone under the bus, because that’s “water under the bridge” and it is what it is (in my past). But I lived through that and experienced the pain of it, and now it’s my duty and calling to help you avoid that pain. This is what I meant when I talked about “weighing the cost.” You must think about the potential pain you could experience if you don’t have a plan (ie. goals and accountability). For example, will it cost you:
- Your dream to play college sports? (like me)
- Getting into your dream college?
- Your dream job/career?
- Several incredibly valuable years of your life? (like me)
You must weigh the cost! You can’t just coast through life, because what will you be if you do? That’s right… TOAST!!! This is exactly why Platt-Form Performance Coaching exists. To help you set those goals and hold you accountable to achieving them. To help you raise your game, become your best, and rise above the rest!
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