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

Lately, I’ve come to realize the profound impact of my daily thought patterns on my overall life experience. Instead of perceiving situations with a negative lens, I’ve made a conscious effort to maintain a positive outlook, consistently seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. Some may argue that such a mindset is a slippery slope. Maybe you’ve encountered circumstances in life that have influenced you to adopt a more pessimistic perspective.

Personally, I’ve definitely found myself in similar situations before: anxiously awaiting an exam, standing in front of a mirror, or grappling with a daunting task. These moments are crucial opportunities for us to harness the power of our mindset.

So, when you’re stepping into that exam, be confident in your ability to succeed and implement the information you studied. Stand tall in front of the mirror, affirming your worth and capability. And when faced with a challenging task, remind yourself of your resilience and determination to overcome it.

A personal example would be one of my exams I completed last year. Despite dedicating a full week to studying for an exam, I found myself doubting my preparedness. I had diligently utilized Quizlets, thoroughly read my textbook, and meticulously taken notes. However, when the exam day arrived, I hesitated. Instead of facing the challenge head-on, I decided to back out, citing illness in an email to my professor.

Later that week, when I finally walked in for my exam, I realized that my study routine hadn’t significantly changed. I knew there was little more I could have done. Despite my initial doubts, I went ahead and completed the exam. To my surprise, I received a score of 91%. Reflecting on the experience, I couldn’t help but wonder how much sooner I could have recognized my potential if I had pushed through my fears and taken the exam as scheduled. If I had shifted my outlook, and encouraged myself instead of invalidating my efforts, maybe I would have done even better.

As we navigate life’s challenges, it’s important to remember that being an optimist in a world of pessimists is not always easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding. Embrace the challenges as opportunities for growth and development. Surround yourself with positivity—whether it’s through art and music, positive affirmations, or spending time with supportive friends and family. Cultivate gratitude for what is going well in your life, no matter how small they may seem. And most importantly, believe in yourself and your abilities.

Hi!! My name is Sarika and I attend USF!! I love writing about mental health awareness, fashion, relationships, and anything else I find important or interesting!! I hope u enjoy my articles:) <3