Expect great things and great things will happen.
Have you ever allowed worry to fill your thoughts with negativity? Many people have. Negative thinking has almost become a natural response when circumstances do not go as planned. When people do this they create self-doubt, anxiety, and bad results. Absolutely nothing good comes from worry.
Picture yourself sitting in class before a test. You didn't study for the test due to procrastination or lack of time. Every hour leading up to that class, you worried and said things like, "I'm going to fail that test,""I'm so scared," and "I can't remember anything." By the time the test came around, you had no confidence to put forth effort and your mind was only full of negative thoughts. There was no room to even possibly remember anything for the test. If you aren't prepared, don't worry because that only makes the situation worse. Simply have everything ready next time. On the other hand, if you are equipped and set to face a challenge or perform a task do not doubt your ability. Replace your fear and worry with motivation and goals.
At the beginning of the summer, I said to myself, "My senior year of high school will be amazing!" I didn't just leave it at words of hope though. I began to act on my words. Everyday I would wake up expecting great things to happen. I also made an effort to receive great things. Acting is one of my passions, so I constantly checked casting calls. I anticipated to perform on stage before school started. As a result of great expectations, I was able to enact the role of a dance team member in a modern day version of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing.' I received greater than my expectations by earning a speaking part and by leaving with more acting knowledge than I had before performing. Most importantly, I walked away from that experience with a confidence upgrade. I've approached my senior year with the same expectancy as I had for acting. Every morning, I declare a great day. During the day I expect opportunities, new friends, and all around success! I receive nothing less. I'm in my second week of school and things are wonderful. Although, challenging days are apart of life, I approach them with positivity. Negativity escalates the problem and results in misery. A good attitude will keep you afloat in life itself.
Loving yourself and having confidence are two major things that contribute to a successful school year. Whenever you're surrounded by people in your age range, it's easy to start comparing yourself. I've learned that comparing yourself to others leads to discouraging thoughts. You have to motivate yourself and understand that you are great! You may not have the same skill level or as many friends as someone else, but you-are-great! If you do not believe that, expect it. Verbally say, "I am great and great things are coming my way!"
Sending out positive vibes, I hope you all have an absolutely marvelous school year! Expect great things, work hard, and stay positive!!!
By Kaci Hollingsworth