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10 Motivational Back-To-School Quotes

10 Motivational Back-To-School Quotes

With September just around the corner, now is the time to sharpen those pencils and bring out those backpacks, because it’s back-to-school season! This small but golden collection of motivational quotes are applicable to every student at any point in their academic and self-discovery journey. Remember, the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow. You have the power, and you have the choice to make the school year ahead memorable. It all starts with the decision to be proactive.

1. Try Your Very Best

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    School can be challenging. No, school will be challenging. Don’t let that discourage you. If you give it your all (or somewhere close to that), expect great rewards. It won’t happen overnight – but it’s going to happen. Keep dreaming, and keep believing.

    2. Keep Trying!

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      Trying new things early on in life will help you determine the path you take in the future. Some interests may remain unknown forever unless you simply give it a try. Writing? Singing? Acting? Whatever it may be, just give it a try.

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      3. Taking Initiative

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        Most, if not all students, have a unified goal of being successful after school. But the road to success is different for every single student. Make sure you know and go after exactly what you want. Don’t make the ever-so-common mistake of walking in someone else’s footsteps. Also, have a plan B ready. There’s always a plan B.

        4. No Pain, No Gain

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          It’s easy to get caught in wallowing in disappointment when the pressure kicks in, and everything starts going haywire. Remember that the sun is always shining somewhere, as cliché as that sounds. The rainbow after the storm will be worth it. Learn to live in the present, but always appreciate the past, and cherish the future. That’s when happiness will find you!

          5. Risk-Taking

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            New discoveries and inventions happened because people conquered their biggest obstacle: fear. Instead of being afraid to dip your toes in the water, start swimming. It doesn’t have to be an immediate decision, rather, a shift in mindset. Doubt will only work against you if you allow it to. Is it a new, out-of-this-world idea that begs to be heard? A confession concerning lingering feelings? An enchanting place yet to be explored? Whatever the occasion, take the first step – row that ore.

            6. Just Get Started!

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              This especially applies to large projects and long-term goals. It seems like an endless march of work: drafting, writing, revising, then proofreading. The deadlines seem so far away, that the end of the tunnel remains barely visible. Breathe. Take baby steps, because in the end, you’ll look back and wonder how you’ve managed to accomplish so much.

              7. Never Give Up

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                Sometimes, when the goal is just one step away, we give up. That failed audition. That mediocre test grade. That rejected proposal. The secret? Try just one more time. One more email. One more smile. One more self-talk session.

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                8. Open-Mindedness

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                  Don’t let your dreams scare you – there may be moments when they overwhelm us. Like Audrey Hepburn, keep a positive attitude. The next time someone tells you that “there’s no way”, or “that’s completely absurd”, keep these words in mind and you’ll be able to keep your head up. Confidence is beautiful.

                  9. Keep Moving Forward

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                    While moving up to the higher levels of academia, it is normal to feel discouraged when setbacks and obstacles block us from our goals. Keep swimming to stay afloat. Making the mistake isn’t the problem – dwelling on those negative thoughts are. Motivational thoughts and perseverance are what push us forward and propel us.

                    10. New Opportunities

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                      Opportunities are everywhere. Sometimes, we don’t see them. In that case, try to build your own doors. It sounds odd – but it truly works. Explore. A simple smile may be all it takes to form a connection.

                      So there you have it. Now put yourself out there and chase after your dreams, fellow student!

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                      The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                      The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                      In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

                      Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

                      Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

                      Conflicts are literally everywhere.

                      Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

                      Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

                      Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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                      Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

                      Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

                      Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

                      The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

                      Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

                      Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

                      How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

                      Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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                      Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

                      Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

                      How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

                      Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

                      Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

                      Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

                      How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

                      Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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                      Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

                      Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

                      How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

                      Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

                      Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

                      Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

                      How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

                      Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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                      Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

                      Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

                      How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

                      Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

                      Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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