You’re someone with incredible potential. You have within yourself the power to change the world into a better place, and you’ll find your own unique way of doing it! But, in the meantime, you have to work on yourself before you work on the world. Your senior year is the best place to start working on yourself and honing in what makes you unique, and thankfully, there are so many ways to be the best version of yourself – and they’re all practical things that you can start today! Here’s a few of my favorite tips on being the best version of yourself.
Just show up: It’s one of the most important things you can do to better yourself, and it’ll be the push that you need to get things done. Whether it’s studying, getting to class, doing homework, or even just getting out of bed: just show up, and the rest will fall into place. Don’t overthink it, don’t agonize over it, but do get there and do the work, and do your best. Just being responsible and trying your hardest will put you ahead of many others, and build your character to be the best it can be.
You call the shots: If you’re changing for someone else, then you shouldn’t change at all. While you’re working on you, ask yourself often if you’re following your vision for who you want to be, or if you’re following someone else’s. Yes, you do need people to speak into your life to inspire change, but to be the best version of yourself, you need to be you. Don’t forget that!
Don’t count time: Imagine giving yourself an hour to study for a not-so-very-exciting class. If you keep looking at the clock to see how much time has gone by while you’re studying, then you’re probably not really learning anything. Counting the minutes, hours, days, or what have you while you’re working towards your goals will only be a hindrance. Instead, take it one step at a time and enjoy the process – you’ll enjoy it so much more!
Don’t worry about the details: I apologize to the planners, but when you’re working on yourself, you don’t need to plan out every little detail. All you need is the general direction, and the will to make it happen, and you’re cracking to go! The truth is, you don’t know the shortest path to the best version of yourself, but you do know the general idea of who you want to be. Take the steps in front of you, and work towards the goal you’ve set for yourself, and the rest will come.
Ignore social media’s standards: There’s something about social media that makes you always want to present your best, whether it’s an update or a selfie. Because of this, the standards that you see on your social media are unrealistically high, and very fake. They (and maybe we!) are only sharing the good things, and never the bad, so that their lives seem perfect, even when that can’t be true. Ignore those standards, and set your own goals; only then can you step closer to the best you can be!
Start slow, and finish well: You should start walking towards your goals in baby steps. This way, you’ll have a clear perspective on your progress from the get go, and you won’t overwork yourself or stress yourself out from the beginning. Of course, there isn’t really a finish line because no one’s perfect; but throughout the journey, we should have a mind set on finishing well. At the end of our lives, we’re going to want to be able to look back over it and know that we did our best, and that we were the best version of ourselves that we could be.
You have immeasurable potential, but it’s up to you to unlock it – and there’s no better time than your senior year to do it! It’s the perfect opportunity to hone in on what makes you special, and to figure out how you want to impact the world.
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