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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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                      Last Updated on August 6, 2020

                      6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

                      6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

                      We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

                      “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

                      Are we speaking the same language?

                      My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

                      When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

                      Am I being lazy?

                      When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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                      Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

                      Early in the relationship:

                      “Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

                      When the relationship is established:

                      “Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

                      It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

                      Have I actually got anything to say?

                      When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

                      A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

                      When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

                      Am I painting an accurate picture?

                      One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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                      How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

                      Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

                      What words am I using?

                      It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

                      Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

                      Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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                      Is the map really the territory?

                      Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

                      A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

                      I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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