It is every parent’s dream for their daughter to have a positive outlook and discover their passion, which helps them learn valuable skills of resilience, grit and confidence. The reality is that no one in this world ever lives day-to-day without failure, setbacks or adversity. Despite these obstacles standing in our way at times, we need to find the light at the end of the tunnel and that glimmer of hope, which allows our girls to carry on with their head held to the sun.
Being positive and passionate are the most important qualities to living a healthy, happy life. Yet when hormones begin to kick into gear and the body naturally changes during teenage years, many issues surrounding body image, self-esteem and mindset can rise to the surface. This stage of a young woman’s life is bound to attract these physical and psychological challenges so we need to find new ways to keep the positivity and passion alive.
Here are five ways to help boost positivity and build passion within girls:
Embrace new opportunities
"To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams." - Hillary Clinton
When you were little, did you run around constantly, play multiple sports, or enjoy a hobby that you eventually quit? Primary and secondary years are the prime times to explore your passions, find your creative outlet, enjoy team-oriented sports, and discover your strengths so that when you complete Year 12, you will have a strong idea of the kind of person you wish to become. Embracing new opportunities allows you to be open-minded about learning new skills in an area that could eventually blossom into your passion.
Discover your passion
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." - Oprah Winfrey
Those with passion have the capacity to change the world. A passion is not a career choice; it is a skill, idea or hobby that you wish to excel in and explore further. Everyone has a passion in some area; sport, fashion, music, art, technology, science, mathematics, writing, media, legal or business to name a few. Rarely, do you find your passion on the first try. It takes stamina and persistence to find what works for you. You might even surprise yourself with what you are good at! Dive into as many co-curricular activities at the school as you can, aspire to leadership positions, create an idea and pitch it to staff and students, be involved in charity work and community service, and attend local events.
Journal negative thoughts
“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.” - Oprah Winfrey
It is important to keep a healthy and happy mind by documenting your thoughts down onto paper. Physically writing down your stream of consciousness can be an effective way to vent your frustrations. It is vital to remember that during all the adversity, there is always a way out or around. Keep up a journal daily or weekly to ensure your thoughts are clear, your concerns are expressed and your mind is ready to take on the next day.
Keep a gratitude jar at home
“It’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people.” - Taylor Swift
When you are on a mission to finding your passion or achieving a goal, your support system will back you at all times, particularly when you encounter rocky seas along the way. Your family and friends are your support systems who will be there for you no matter the circumstance. To keep a positive mindset, have a gratitude jar at home and write one thing per day that you are grateful for. Then you can read them aloud to each other!
Affirmations are more powerful than you may think
“If you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” - Wanda Sykes
If you are not the super positive or energetic person that you usually are, perhaps writing daily affirmations could be for you. An affirmation is a clear and simple message, usually a sentence long, and you repeat it in your head over and over. The messages can be the same every day or they can be different, as long as the affirmation is full of genuine belief and honesty. Have visual reminders in your room, mirror, locker or laptop to keep that message at the forefront of your mind.
Examples of positive affirmations:
“I will surround myself with positive people who will help bring the best out in me.”
“My imperfections make me unique and special.”
“I have the power to create change.”
“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.”
“By allowing myself to be happy, I inspire others to be happy as well.”
If you ever need to talk to someone ask your family, friends, and even staff members who you trust such as our Wellbeing team or your tutor. This is your time at Toorak College to take control of your journey and make it truly special for yourself.