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

I’ve always found it easier said than done: thinking positive things into existence. Whenever I’d have a test, interview, presentation or anything big or important, I’d go into it expecting the worst — or at least, not expecting the best. I didn’t want to get my hopes up; I didn’t want to jinx it. My mom told me she stopped asking me how my tests went in middle and high school, because I’d always say I thought I failed it, just for it to always come back fine. I never trusted in my ability. I felt that every time I thought I did well, the tests came back worse. So, I stopped thinking that I performed well. 

Now, I’m in my third year in college and I’m still trying to fix this mindset, but I have made STRIDES. I have recently learned from people in my life about the importance of thinking positively, especially when it comes to myself and my abilities. They’ve told me I need to “manifest” the outcome I want. Those people — old coworkers and classmates of mine, my friends and family — have changed my life. Please listen to me when I say this way of thinking has made the world of a difference. It isn’t a consistent way of thinking I have found, as there are low moments, but that’s life. If you just catch yourself when self-destructive thoughts start creeping in, overtime those mental corrections become reality. 

In my experience, thinking positively about life, in general, aides in an optimistic viewpoint that leads to a brighter approach to life. I have always been a believer that everything happens for a reason, but now with a more positive approach, I find myself thinking differently on these reasons things happen. I’m seeing the brighter side of my life outcomes. My failures don’t have to be seen as a detriment; they aide in growth and lessons learned. I am better because of everything that happens. And with that, I know I am capable. 

You are capable. You are capable of anything, I do hope you know that. If you don’t, please let me share some lessons I’ve learned on my journey to positivity — what people have shared with me. 

If you believe it, others will believe it. Believe in yourself and your ability to do what you’re striving for. If you think negatively of your skills and accomplishments, that energy translates into how you present yourself — even if you’re good at “faking it.” You bring into your life what you put into it, so put in good thoughts and good intentions. Radiate true confidence, and the world has no choice but to notice. 

For those suffering from Imposter Syndrome or something similar, you are not an imposter; you belong exactly where you are and doing exactly what you’re doing. If you are passionate, working to get better and open to learning, you are not an imposter. You are en route to being a pro. You are rocking at life, and all you have to do is believe it, yourself. As long as you are doing your best, there is no reason to feel doubt in yourself. You are talented and are on the right track. Make the world see that, too. 

I read something on the internet recently that said, “know the universe has your back.” Recognize you are a strong, talented and capable individual, and the universe will be there to back you up. You got this in every way.

Now, go into those tests, interviews, presentations and big life moments, knowing that they have nothing on you — you are going to ace every minute of it. You deserve good things and you will receive good things.

Kelsey is studying Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specific passion for Sports Communication. Catch her on campus with a coffee glued to her hand, baseball on the brain (go Cubs!), and one earbud in. If you ever want to talk about sports, music, dogs, or anything, she is always open for good conversation.
I am a senior at the greatest university— the University of Wisconsin. I am in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, double tracking in reporting and strategic communications and earning a certificate in and Digital Studies. I am a lover of dance, hiking, writing for Her Campus, the Badgers and strawberry acais. I am also a president of Her Campus Wisconsin.