The former UFC light heavy weight champion Lyoto Machida once said, "Every time you achieve a dream, you must set another one. Because that will strengthen your path. Or you will become dead, because if you have no dreams, you have no life."
I'm approaching finals and so far my grades have been satisfactory. In fact, my grades have bumped up significantly by 50 places. (Here's some background information: we have around 120 students in our year and after each exam our ranks gets posted up with our unique anonymous ID).
Recently I've been feeling very lazy and have lost the urge to study. I feel like my previous test scores have met my goal for this year and I don't need to do anything further. Actually, I feel dead.
After being reminded of the quote by Machida, I realize that my failure to progressively construct dreams has cost me my vitality.
Just because I have met my long hoped goal to improve on my appalling grades doesn't mean that my work here is done. It is rather more important that after I achieve my immediate goal, I set higher standards that will challenge me to strive for greater things. To really reach out to my long term dreams that have driven me to choose the track of medicine.
As I write this, I am setting my new goal to reach the first quartile of my class. And once this ambitious yearn has been fulfilled... who knows? Aim for top 10?
In the end, I don't want to be dead and fruitless. I dearly pray that my life can serve as an instrument that could bring joy, hope and encouragement in others.