Positive thoughts bring positive change
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I am happiest when I’m chasing a goal. The more ambitious the goal, I find, the more satisfying the outcome. Even if that particular goal isn’t reached, being proactive and maintaining focus will always lead to some measure of success. It is important to treat every opportunity like it will never be offered again.
In spite of all the pressure and stress of being a full-time student, I can honestly say I am the happiest I have ever been. Before I started earning my degree at Colorado Mountain College, I was working in retail making just enough money to get by.
I realized that I wasn’t going anywhere, and even felt guilty, as though I was wasting the gift that is my life. One day, I clearly remember deciding that I needed to make a change, and I found the best thing I could do was go back to school. I then began the process to start classes in the fall.
After a successful first semester, I got really involved with my college and ran for student body president. More responsibility brought a larger sense of accomplishment. I continued to work on keeping a steady GPA and am now a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges.
When I set out to go back to school, I knew I would have a better life than before, but I didn’t realize that taking chances to better myself would bring me so far, so fast.
Once I understood that college was the key to my success, I began to think about the social influences in my life. There are people in life who can uplift a person, and there are those who tear people down.
I found a crucial cornerstone to having a fruitful and healthy life is to surround myself with positive influences, people who have goals of their own who are encouraging and motivating, people who can relate to the challenges of trying to grow.
I have observed that having a bad attitude is a habit, and having a good attitude can become a habit as well, especially if practiced every day. About a year ago, I decided that I wouldn’t allow myself to get out of bed until I could find something positive about my day, whether it is some event to look forward to, or an opportunity to do something important. I practice this every morning, and haven’t had an actual bad day since I started.
The most important thing I have learned over the past few years is that attitude is everything. If you practice having a good attitude, you can reach a point where self-destructive thoughts can be cut off before they are even regarded as a full thought. It is important to maintain positivity.
I try to live by the saying, “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”
Robert Morrison will graduate from Colorado Mountain College this May with an associate of science degree. He next plans to pursue his four-year degree.
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