Posted by Liz Wick on
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
No matter where I am, whether it is in the classroom or outside, I will always have emotions. However, sometimes these emotions can limit my success. With the weather about to become dreary and grim, I think it is always important to keep your head up with your eyes on the prize.
Growing up there was always one thing that was said: "The only thing you can control in life is your attitude," and to be honest I believe this to be true. Not only can your emotions sometimes hinder you, but they can also influence everyone around you. Success is driven but also limited by your emotions.
Here are some helpful tips to help with your outlook:
- Realize that you have a choice. This is blunt, but we really do have the choice to look at the glass half full or the glass half empty. Even when things don't go our way in classes or in the life outside, you are always able to come out of the situation with some new knowledge. When you miss a due date or you didn't study enough for the big test, you can then condition yourself not to make those mistakes again. Give yourself a break and realize that this is not the end of the world. Instead make a note of the situation and strive to never make the same mistake twice.
- Dreaming and goal setting. It's crucial to have goals. Not only do goals set a benchmark, but they subconsciously push you to succeed. You can visualize yourself achieving your dream which will help with your attitude. These goals can be long-term or short-term, but they will help you stay on task and feel pleased and motivated once you achieve them.
- Passion. It is so important to find an activity or career path that you love. If you are not committed to what you are pursuing then a desire to be better won't exist. Topics that you are passionate about will keep you motivated and happy. You will seek new knowledge and enjoy learning the fundamentals of a topic that you are passionate about. Try and find something that is fun!
- You influence others. Although you might be having a bad day, others may not be. Try and keep your morale up for everyone else around you. Sadness and anger is defiantly contagious. It is never a good thing to bring others down with you. Let this be a technique to remind yourself to be energetic and passionate, not sad and lazy.
With all of this said, it is important to note that asking everyone to be happy and motivated 100 percent of the time would be unrealistic. However, it is more important to realize that your success is dictated by your attitude. With four years of hard classes it is easy to get worn out, but keep your head up SU! Everything is within your capability.
Rob Heer, NSM