Five Things You Should Start:
1) Surround yourself by people who make you better.
The people you surround yourself with should inspire you to do better and motivate you to accomplish your goals. It’s psychologically proven that you begin to pick up other people’s habits subconsciously as you hang around them, so why not have friends that participate in greatness? If you find yourself lowering your standards or being influenced in a negative way, it’s time to find a new group of friends.
2) Hold yourself accountable.
A common thing for people to do when they don’t achieve their goals is to blame other people. Other people may, in fact, play a factor in the result, but you should always ask yourself, “What could I have done better?” or “How can I improve for the next time?” When you reflect upon yourself, you can help prevent the same mistakes in the future.
3) Increase self-care.
Self-care is more than a face mask or a trip to the nail shop. Sometimes a mental health day off when school or work gets too overwhelming can be beneficial to your body as well. Mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s always important to work hard, but when you overwork yourself to the point of unhealthiness a line should be drawn.
As teenagers, it is very easy to entertain, and get sidetracked by, the wrong things. Believe it or not, every decision you make at this age can cause a difference in the outcome of your future. It is important to maintain a healthy balance between social life and school life; just make sure one life doesn’t outweigh the other.
Taking the time to reflect upon yourself is important. Whether it be through keeping a journal or even through telling a friend, making note of your own improvements are vital. Congratulate yourself for your advancements.
Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
By: Sullivan Anderson, Sophomore, Jones College Prep