This week is the start of a new quarter. As we stand at the starting line, it’s normal to feel a little anxious or eager. Those butterflies in your stomach? Normal. Those second thoughts and distractions? Normal. That eagerness to get started: Why hasn’t it started? Let’s just get it over with. Can we start already? Normal.
First, I recommend taking a deep breath. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. How about I do it with you? Ready? In…Out. One more time…In…Out.
Now for the second step: take a moment and imagine the picture of success. Take time to visualize what success looks like for the quarter, and how what you will learn applies to your chosen career field. This step works best when done with great detail. The more vivid the picture, the more we know what we need to do to make it happen.
For example, if you’re in the Business Management program, take a few minutes to imagine what you’ll do when you are working in your field. Are you working for a company? Are you running your own business? What does that business look like? What time do you go to work? How do you want to feel at work? Imagine being at your best and take a moment to focus on that feeling. Does it feel good? Do you really want to feel like that at work? Now that you know what it looks like and feels like, you can start to make it happen.
Visualizing is the first step. What I have learned as both an instructor and a student is that if you show up and do the work, you will be successful. Take a deep breath, visualize your success, and go to class. Your instructor is looking forward to seeing you!