How embracing our imperfections can help manage student stress and improve well-being resulting in greater success both academically and personally.
At SEG, we want our students to succeed, so we focus on ensuring their well-being and reducing student stress.
Success is unique to each individual; we are all different in our personality, character, and interests, so naturally we hold a variety of opinions about what success is. We base our success on our goals, values, and beliefs.
Students can feel enormous pressure to be perfect, conscious of high expectations from the people most important to them. For some students, success can mean getting good grades; for others, learning new things or making new friends.
General tips on how to be successful – such as managing time well, setting realistic goals, and engaging in extracurricular activities – are well known. One thing often overlooked is how the power of embracing our imperfections can lead to improved well-being, and ultimately a more successful life.
Here are a few reasons why:
How can we learn to embrace our imperfections? Here are a few tips:
Embracing your imperfections is a journey, not a destination. Changing your mindset and learning to accept yourself for who you are takes time, but is well worth the effort. Remember to treat yourself with kindness. When you embrace your imperfections, you'll be more likely to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Part of accepting our imperfections includes redefining our idea of success. But to define our vision of success, we need to know our values. Values are the things or attributes that are most important to us in life. Knowing these can help us prioritize what is truly important in success.
If you need help identifying values, here is a list of examples to help you understand them and what they may mean to you.
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Once you have completed identifying your values, you can define what success is to you. Here are some suggestions on how to redefine your idea of success:
The formula for your own success depends on YOU, the authentic, imperfect YOU!