Gold Stars

I have been reading and watching a lot of articles and videos about how some researchers think that those of us who are “Millennials” feel more entitled and don’t want to work hard. That’s a load of BS if you ask me. We have been raised from early childhood to work hard for our “gold stars”.

You remember those gold stars, right? The little charts our teachers would create to mark are achievements in class. From new books that we took on to read to visible improvement in our grades. We were taught to seek those little marks of glory. We didn’t need a grand parade put on for us but if we came to class and saw those new gold stars next to our name, then we knew that we were on the right track.

What’s the real world equivalent of the gold star? A pay increase or a bonus of some sort. It’s not a call out on the company newsletter because that’s sort of meaningless but having a little more gold next to our name is a mark to achieve.

What do you do if you don’t get marks of recognition from your company or anyone else? You make your own chart, set your own goals, and place your own gold stars next to your name. Then you can track your own progress. Before you know it, you will have more gold stars then you know what to do with.

What are some examples of gold starts you can make for yourself? Really, the sky is the limit for what the goals you can create for yourself.

Let’s start with the home:

1. Do laundry this week
2. Take the cans out the curb every week
3. Pay your bills on time
4. Keep your fridge stocked up
5. Lawn care
6. Clean bathroom

Those are chores but as adults, we can often forget how important it is to be happy for making sure you do those little chores on time.

How about some more challenging goals:

1. Read a book a week
2. Meet up with friends for coffee
3. Keep a journal
4. Take a post secondary class
5. Write poetry
6. Learn how to take a photo with real film

Want to go bigger? How about some life goals:

1. Travel to a new country
2. Find a career you love
3. Learn a new language
4. Meet your life partner
5. Have a child (or two or three)
6. Build/buy your own home

I know that not all of the goals I have suggested are on everyone’s radar but I know that at least one of them is on there. If you have a list of goals that you would like to start marking gold stars next to, I would love to hear about them. Please feel free to send me a message on Facebook @ZenMermaidYoga or an email at


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