A RealWorld Student writes:
I HAVE THIS TEST TO TAKE IN ABOUT 51 DAYS, I HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS EXAM FOR ABOUT 9 MONTHS AND I HAVE TO ACE IT , SOMETIMES I HAVE SELF DOUBTS ABOUT MY CAPABILITIES WHICH I ALWAYS TRY TO SAY MYSELF THAT IT IS BY BEING SUCCESSFULL IN THE PRESENT THAT YOU CAN EXPECT A POSITIVE FUTURE. I JUST WANTED TO KNOW HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO BE POSITIVELY MOTIVATED AND ACTIVE IN MOST OF MY PREPARATION.
To be stay positively motivated, you must first stay positive. This isn’t the easiest thing to do, because we live in such a negative world, and we’re surrounded by so many negative people. Now, I know that doesn’t sound very positive, but it’s the truth. The first word a child learns in the English language is “NO!”
As a motivational speaker, as well as professor, one of the toughest jobs in the world is trying to keep students “motivated.” I try to do this by staying positive myself (most of the time). My students will tell you that I’m motivated ALL the time, but that’s just not the case (even though I try to be).
I tell them that when it comes to your attitude, you should always remain in two positions — either UP or GETTING UP! As for how to maintain a positive outlook in stressful times — put your faith in something that’s greater than yourself and your problems. That’s what I do.
I don’t know your religious beliefs, but I believe in a God who is bigger than my problems and even my human potential. I also believe that the Bible is the true word of God. Therefore, I believe what I read in it.
And there are two particular scriptures in the Bible that serve as the cornerstone for my “positive” motivation (even during roughest of times). In fact, I have a rock with one of the verses etched on it sitting right on top of my computer monitor in my office on campus, and the other scripture is written on my computer screen saver. Therefore, whenever my students come into my office to talk to me, they see both of them. I believe it actually changes their attitude (at least sometimes). So what are two scriptures?
1. Philippians 4:13 — I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.
2. Romans 8:28 — ALL things work together for good for those who love Him…
Why are they so significant? Just look at the capitalized words in each. The first suggests that there’s NOTHING that I can’t accomplish through Christ (even doing well on a standardized test). And the second suggests that even if I don’t do well (on the test), EVERYTHING will eventually work out for the best (even if it doesn’t make sense right now).
Now, I must admit that I rely on the second scripture a little more than the first, because things don’t always go as I planned them. I’m sure you can relate.
I even gone so far as to have Romans 8:28 engraved on my bracelet. And I wear it EVERYWHERE. It’s my constant reminder that I serve a mighty God, and he has great plans for me to prosper and be successful, whatever the outcome may be.
Please take these words to heart as you go through your situation. Whether you believe in the God or not, it’s important that you believe in SOMETHING that is bigger than your problems. Personally, I believe my God is big enough for both of our problems — and I’m willing to share Him with you (it’s free). Take care and as always, live purposefully!
Living Purposefully — Prof. Martin