3 Mottos That Can Ensure 2018 Will Be Your Most Successful Year Yet

3 Mottos That Can Ensure 2018 Will Be Your Most Successful Year Yet

Here comes the fork in the road.

With journals filling up with resolutions for the new year, everyone seems to be rooting to be better in someway, whether through dieting, stopping procrastination or simply being more active. Resolutions represent what one wants to be in life; however, it is difficult to follow through and truly accomplish new goals that require not only a change of actions, but also a change of perspective. How can one then be a successful person without changing too much?

1. See life as a competition without a winner.

To be a successful person, perspective must be changed. Without motivation, dedication, or any driving force behind the motive, there is no purpose for change. One must see life with constant fluidity; there is never one person at the top, but climbing the steps to reach the top is nothing but possible. Not a day should pass without taking either a big or small step. The fear of irrefutable failure and downgrade of reputation would thus be the driving force behind a successful person. The competition of life would ultimately not result in achieving the best of the world but rather finding the satisfaction in the effort exerted into each and every situation. Although there will never be a winner in the competition of life, human greed for wealth, fame and power will subconsciously reveal the path to success, only with the correct mindset.

2. Don't quit before the miracle happens.

In other words, do not be afraid of change. Albeit scary at first, a positive note always emerges at one point. The more a situation changes, the more prone one is to negative thoughts associated with something unfamiliar, creating a fear bubble that then corresponds to all things new. However, this change of perspective brings about a new idea: all things would then be negative as those things are foreign ideas, thus making any change the new negative idea as negativism becomes positivism over time.

A mouthful of confusing words, yes, but logically, nothing can stay positive and negative forever; therefore, change should not be feared rather embraced. Ultimately, take all opportunities as they come. Would it not be tragic for one to quit five minutes before the miracle happens?

3. Open Mind, Open Heart

Open mindedness is the key to development, which ultimately brings change for the better through experience and finally success. Being open to ideas exposes the mind to diverse and contradicting information, which can serve to test judgement and decision making. Analyses of other ideas can be fused to create a better idea then the prior, as so often said, "Two brains are better than one." Taking varying ideas from different creators allows one to see the causes and results, determining the final product based on previous success rate. For example, see it like a super-scored SAT. Take the best from each section to create of the best of all sections, which equals, success.

Take the chance to start fresh with 2018, and keep thoughts straight and determined. Satisfaction will come in a blink of an eye. Good luck. Each step starts with you.

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.

I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.


When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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