Keep Those Goals!
By: Lucy Gonzalez
When it comes to fulfilling your dreams and reaching your goals, no matter how outrageous or unattainable those may seem, having the right mindset is the key to success.
We all have goals we want to accomplish. Simple daily goals like drinking enough water or keeping our screen time to a minimum can be reached with some thought and perseverance.
Other times, we have long term goals, such as sticking to a monthly budget or keeping a healthy diet, and those types of goals require more time and effort to succeed.
Yet, for some reason, setting goals and committing to them can feel overwhelming. For students, it can be especially difficult to stay on track with goals after a long day at work and school.
A positive outlook, however, is beneficial to reaching your goals. It can be as simple as this: what you put out is what you receive.
Good energy will bring you closer to your goals. Usually, creating plans and going over your steps to reach your finish line trains your brain to think in the right direction. Don’t get discouraged immediately if your goal seems out of reach or unrealistic.
Persevere through the hardships and obstacles and stay as consistent as possible. Next time you want to set a goal, keep in mind these tips and reflect on the things you can control, like your mindset.
Do you want to get a call back for your interview? Think you will get the job.
Do you want to change your eating habits? Create a plan and take it day-by-day.
Do you want to have A’s and B’s on your next report card? Apply yourself to your work and believe you can do it.
No matter how big or small your goals, you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to as long as you believe in yourself!
The Music in You
By: Lhasa Posada
Quick! What is that song you can’t stop listening to right now? Chances are the catchy tune is stuck in your head, and you keep repeating the same verses over and over. Personally, I’ve been keeping “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” by The Police on repeat!
Music accompanies us in numerous ways on the daily, and that’s what makes it so influential. It lifts our moods, lowers stress levels and can even increase productivity. It’s safe to say that music can really liven up everything.
Studies show that a person’s music taste is developed between the ages of 11-16. Date scientist, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz from The New York Times took up a research project called The Songs That Bind. Its objective is to explore the time period in which music acquisition happens. Results uncovered that a woman’s musical taste is formed between the ages of 11 and 14, while a man’s occurs between the ages 13 and 16. Then, as people become older, the music that outlined and colored their formative years will always remain a source of joy.
In fact, the kind of music you like can say a lot about you. Aspects of your background, personality and way of thinking are ultimately be revealed. The reasons why certain songs and lyrics resonate with us a little too well are personal to everyone. Think of each person as a puzzle: each piece is a song or an artist they either grew up with, have a notable memory attached to or just found somewhere along the way.
If you’re anything like me when it comes to music, you can name those significant songs and artists in under ten seconds. The music shapes you and will continue to do so over time. It can soften reality and get you through the rough patches. Music can help you concentrate or simply keep you going while you’re on a run.