The most negative things in the world are the easiest to access. You can find a complainer on every corner, tragedy on every news channel, braggers with every scroll of your feed, and a reason to live in sheer fear around the clock.
For busy college students, negativity may come in the form of peers who are starting to compare the way their path is shaping up against yours, professors who might be less than encouraging, and family members who still are not supportive of your major and goals.
I’ve always been a huge rejector of self-defeating thought. Super ambitious and forward-thinking from a young age, I have always gravitated to like-minded people. When you do have these traits though, you’ll often find you’re in the minority, which is a tough pill to swallow, I know.
Here’s the reality: the majority of people in the world have a limited mindset. Most people are also average.
When I say average, I don’t just mean, not known or not wealthy, I mean basic thinkers. The majority of people on earth choose the path of least resistance.
It’s the exact reason why the majority of people you know never left their hometown, or if they did, they never settled anywhere outside of their home state or province. If they were honest, they probably settled in their relationships, are not as fond of their “friends” as they’d like to pretend, are miserable despite the smiles in their social media posts, and feel generally unfulfilled.
That’s a pretty average state of being, well, AVERAGE.
If you find yourself thinking positive, upbeat, and excited about life, I know a couple of things about you. For starters, you know what you want, no matter how small, and you’re not afraid to go after it. You probably also do not fear taking a risk, or two, or three.
I also know that you see the cup as completely full, even if it’s not full at the moment, you have confidence and hope that with a little luck and a lot of work, you can get there. Thank you for being you.
For college students that practice positivity on the regular, I want you to keep the spirit of this mood alive during the tough times as you begin building your career because they will come, sometimes all at once.
As someone who’s several steps ahead of where you are now, but still figuring out how to be a beam of light in a dimmed world, here are three tips for creating staying positive on your college or university journey:
1. Guard Your Peace
This is my number one because, for those of us who want to thrive in positivity, it’s the most valuable. I think of negativity as a disease. Those who spread it are the carriers and it is our job to make sure we create a strong shield against their ideology. There are three approaches you can take when dealing with negative bloodsuckers:
Respond to their negativity with debate
Counteract them with positivity