Many of us have been told that we need to fail to succeed. That something good will come out of what you’ve lost to. Even though it’s SO much easier to feel defeated. The past few weeks have been pretty challenging, trying to stay in a positive mindset when so many negative things happened around me. I kept telling myself, “alright, this isn’t my week, next one will be better”, but each week began to throw new challenges at me. My grades were dropping & I couldn’t identify what I was doing wrong. This brought me back into bad habits from last semester, staying up late and waking up very early for my 8ams. It led to me getting sick with a cold and feeling worn down (mentally & physically). Although it wasn’t great in the moment, I find that in this struggling time is where I learn/grow the most.
Sometimes I learn new tricks, but most of the time I remember. I remember how to motivate myself, to pick myself back up from defeat, and to identify where I fell short, so I can improve next time. Sure, these were hard to see in the moment, but now that I have more time, I can reflect on what I’ve experienced.
Success for me comes through trials I have. I’ve never been the student with straight A’s or the student that understands the concept the first time (congrats to those who do have that skill though, that’s a great skill to have!), but if you struggle like me, know that grades don’t define you. If you are putting forth an effort and reaching out to the resources provided, you will find growth in that, even if the outcome wasn’t what you were hoping for. Just don’t knock yourself down. Your worst enemy is yourself, it is SO easy to push yourself down. Use this energy, except in a positive way! Build yourself up, one day at a time, so when life really throws a curveball at you, you’ll be able to get back up stronger than last time.
Many of my blogs are for myself, these words are for me to remember, writing out the good that comes from the bad is what helps me continue forward and what motivates me. Find what motivates you & go for it, find the positive out of the negative, and don’t give up after small failures.