Faith Column: Challenge yourself every day!
Don’t wait until the new year to make improvements; make every day your motivation
Ringing in the New Year is all about new beginnings and allowing yourself a fresh start. Not only is it a brand new semester in school, which may allow you time to make changes in your studies or social life, but it is also the time of year that people start talking about resolutions.
New Year’s Resolutions have some controversy to them. Countless people have said that if you want to do something badly enough, you don’t need to wait until the new year to get started on it. While that is true, this time of year just brings out a feeling of motivation to make important changes in your life.
That’s what resolutions are really about — changes. Some changes are pretty simple. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make my bed every day. So far, I have done pretty well at that one because it really does not require much effort. Other changes in our lives require a lot more motivation, like hitting the gym every day, or improving your GPA.
Big changes like the aforementioned require strength, perseverance, and determination, which interestingly enough, are some of the synonyms of “resolution” on dictionary.com! These qualities are internal. If you want a change it means that it will have to come from within you. You need to want it badly enough that you will be strong and determined and persevere through even the most challenging situations.
As students, we are faced with many challenges, and so my wish for all of you this semester is to have the perseverance to make it through the challenging situations that arise and that you have the strength and determination to achieve your goals and make the changes that you want in your life.
Once again, you don’t need to wait until New Year ’s Day to start on these changes. Challenge yourself to find changes that you want to make in your life regularly throughout the year.
I hope that 2015 brings you many good things and joyous experiences, but most importantly, I hope that you work hard to achieve what you want. As overly quoted as it may be, remember Mahatma Ghandi’s words, “Be the change you wish you see in the world.”
It certainly is a great big world out there, but you are such a huge part of that world, and in order for the world to be better, we must better ourselves first.
God Bless you this year, and welcome back!