Well I have three main things that I live by which are really helpful and have made me a better person I believe, and honestly that is a success right there!
- Expressing gratitude whenever someone does something for you, no matter how big or small, a genuine and sincere expression of gratitude can really boost both your mood and their mood. I know that when someone is sincere and shows appreciation for something I’ve done, it gives me a good feeling, so adopting this and sharing it with people surely benefited both myself and those around me. Showing appreciation for all things and expressing this has helped me become a happier person, and honestly being happy is as much as a success as any academic or monetary achievement!
- Being kind to people is really important as you may never know what kind of day that other individuals are having, and your one nice comment towards them, or even just a smile in passing may be the one nice thing that they remember about your day. Know your limits though, don’t let yourself be exploited by other people for your kindness, from personal experience with a single individual it can be a very detrimental relationship and very emotionally draining. Know your limits and don’t be afraid to set boundaries for yourself. Being kind to people gives me a spring in my step and warm feeling in my chest, once again, happiness is as much as a success as anything else!
- Finding a balance with serious thing like work/study and fun things like socialising/media consumption is crucial. During the first year of the HSC I was so focused on my studies and it lead me to isolate myself and caused all this unnecessary stress and emotional breakdowns which were detrimental to both my grades and my social life, so finding a balance really saved me. Limiting myself to working only on the weekends and allowing time for one or two social events after school each week really gave me the stimulus I needed to benefit myself and as a result my grades improved and my social life improved, and in the end I though that what I had achieved was a success!