By Bro. Michael D. Wynn

“It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude” ~ Zig Ziglar

Attitude: You have a choice in the way you perceive whatever is going on. You have the power to choose whether you think the glass is half full or half empty. Perception is the key, especially if you graduated from high school by a thin thread or you’re currently struggling with a college readiness plan. Well, the time is now — you must be pro-active and take a strong commitment to building and completing your educational career.

You may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  •   What is your interest and attitude toward college?
  •   Are you willing to pray more and seek motivation at your lowest point of frustration?
  •   Is college really important or worthwhile to you?
  •   Are you willing to give up whatever it takes in order to be successful in college?
  •   Are you able to eliminate negative “self-talk?”
  •   How clear are you about your own educational goals?
  •   Do you really have a “Plan B” or second major in mind?

    Consider how a college degree will fit into your future and see for yourself. Attitude: If you think you can, you can, and if you think you can’t, you’re probably right. Your excellence is not a skill, but your attitude is everything. Try this — using the right words and thinking, “I have a positive attitude”; strive for optimism, keep positive people in your company; and know when you need to change.

    When you know you aren’t happy, admit it to yourself and take action to reverse it. Listen to what others have to say. Appreciate the things you have; don’t join in with negative conversations around you; and keep a journal of your positive attitude, list and document your progress in discovering new ideas. Your positive attitude which will affect your outlook on college.

    Blessings be with your new attitude and new journey.

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