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How to Persevere

19 Nov

Perseverance requires perseverance.”  -Anonymous

What is perseverance? Well, Dictionary.com says this: “not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it’s hard.”

College students, let’s be real for a minute. This time in the semester is probably the worst. Everything is winding down, and professors are trying to assign everything before we go off for Thanksgiving break. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling completely swamped. During this time, the word perseverance is a word that we should definitely put back into our vocabulary.

So how do we persevere? When everything around us feels out of our control, or wrong, or just hard – how can we possibly tell ourselves to keep going?

1) Set a Goal – By identifying something that you want to accomplish, you’re giving yourself incentive to get that task done. In my dorm room, I have white board where I write down tasks that I must get done during the week. As I finish the task, I’m able to erase it and my list becomes smaller and smaller. There’s some kind of reassurance in erasing a task off of my list that really helps me. What do you want to get done? How are you going to do it? These goals may be challenging. But remember, meeting them takes perseverance.

2) Get Excited about Something – Do you have something that you can look forward to? I know I do! I am so extremely ready to be home with my family for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see a table full of beautiful and delicious foods, surrounded by the people I love the most. That right there – that’s my incentive. I plan to work hard during this trying season, in order to be proud of the work I’ve accomplished and enjoy all of my time spent at home. Find something that motivates you. Let that be your perseverance.

Learning perseverance now as a student, is going to be very helpful to us as we begin our adult lives and careers. When it comes to motivation, your belief in your ability is more important than your actual ability. Believe in yourselves, always. Don’t give up. We’re just getting started!!

I know you can do it!

-xoxo, Emily

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How to be Confident

28 Oct

Confidence is such an attractive quality – ask anyone! For a while, I used to struggle with confidence, especially in high school. There were areas that I felt like I had confidence in, while others needed serious improving. When I got to college, I told myself that would all change. There was no reason to be afraid! We are all born with confidence inside of us, and I’ve learned that the best way to become that confident person you can be proud of – is to embrace it! Practice does make perfect.

There is never any reason for you to feel unsure or insecure about yourself. Our personal insecurities are often clouded by our own clouded judgments. Do yourself a favor and never let people tell you that you are not capable of something. Something to keep in mind is this; always expect success out of yourself. That way, you will be constantly striving to give your best efforts that in time, will result into something that you can be proud of. We all have strengths and weaknesses, but make sure to trust your own capabilities. If someone criticizes you, take it this as an opportunity to improve. If someone does better than you, see it as an opportunity to learn from them. If you fall short at something, realize you can get closer next time. Be confident in your personal potential. We cannot control the future or be in charge of what happens to us on a daily basis, but this is no reason to have fear. Embrace the unknown, step out of your comfort zone, and jump right in there! I often find myself believing every negative thing that is said about me… and I forget to be equally thankful for compliments and praises from others. It’s okay to receive praise as well as receiving constructive criticism from others. There is absolutely no reason for us to compare ourselves to those around us. Be confident in who YOU are & never let anyone tell you that you can’t or that you’re not worth it.

Here is a quote that I found today, that I thought applied directly to this post and was very worthy of sharing:

Above all, remember you are capable and worthy—just as much as anyone else, regardless of what you’ve achieved, regardless of what mistakes you’ve made. Knowing that intellectually is the first step to believing it in your heart. Believing it is the key to living it. And living it is the key to reaching your potential.” -Lori Deschene

Happy Monday! Keep your head high!

-xoxo, Emily

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