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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UFL chapter.

We all sometimes need a little encouragement and perspective when we become uncertain of our capabilities as women; this is for those who need a reminder of the limitless possibilities embedded within us.

As the semester comes to an end the light of positivity within us may become dimmer and dimmer; we allow discouragement to overstay its welcome, as we begin to forget the motivated and optimistic women who sat at our desks in the beginning of the semester.

How often do we forget to be nice to ourselves?

How often do we get caught up in our insecurities?

How often do we define our potential only by our failures?

Why is it so hard to keep ourselves grounded and confident?

Because of fear of failure or underperforming (or simply being overwhelmed and stressed) we become overwhelmed and insecure of our goals and our place in the world. It becomes easy to forget that we are exactly where we are supposed to be in our lives. We allow our stress to replace our positivism and sense of potential. We allow our insecurities to creep up and convince us that we’re basically about to fall apart.

Confidence is fluid and hard to maintain – if we don’t actively work on our confidence and allow it to shape and mold as we experience different things and grow from them, we end up cynical and doubtful of ourselves. This is a problem for a lot of us. We give too much power to the exterior things in our lives, allowing them to cloud our thoughts about ourselves.  

Sometimes all we need is perspective; to take a step back from stress and shut those pesky voices of insecurity down. I aim to remind you that you are enough, that loving yourself is unconditional (regardless of your grade on that test or paper), and that you can only improve and grow from each individual experience in your life.

Be quicker to love yourself than to tear yourself down. Be quicker to learn from experiences than to regret or dwell on embarrassment, failure, or insecurities. Be quicker to balance and manage than to stress or panic.

You are capable.