What’s Your Attitude?


Take control of your attitude to improve your college and career prospects.

Taking control of your attitude to improve your college and career prospects

When you think about your life after high school, what kind of attitude do you tend to have on a regular basis? Are you usually positive and optimistic or do you struggle with stress and anxiety when thinking about future plans?

Many high school students experience a wide range of emotions when they consider the changes that will take place after graduation. Most of the time, there is excitement about moving into a different school environment and the chance to meet new people; however, often this is accompanied by some stress as to whether they will be accepted to a specific college and what major they should choose to pursue.

What is your attitude towards life after high school?

Author Zig Ziglar points out that 85 percent of people who get jobs and grow in those jobs are people who have a great attitude. Consider for a moment: you are an employer, hiring for an open position. What types of attitudes would you be looking for in people who you were interviewing? Would you hire someone who seems negative or someone who is positive about the position.

While it is not realistic to expect people to have positive attitudes 100 percent of the time, everyone has a choice as to which attitude to have on a daily basis.  Take a moment and consider your current attitude. Would you say you are negative, anxious, optimistic or positive? Explain your current circumstance and ideas about improving the situation.

Look forward to what lies ahead

Rather than allowing anxiety, stress and other negative emotions to overwhelm you during your high school experience, begin to look forward to what lies ahead and how God wants to work in and through you. This is the first day of the rest of your life. You can make better decisions now that will last forever.

Ask yourself:

  • How would I like to see my future?
  • How will God view my life?
  • Did God put me here for a particular reason?
  • What is the purpose of my life?
  • When I am 84 years old and looking back on my life, what would I like to see?

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:6-7

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