The Power of Positive Thinking

In our busy day-to-day lives, we’ve had to come up with lots of tricks to remind ourselves of important things.

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In our busy day-to-day lives, we’ve had to come up with lots of tricks to remind ourselves of important things.

A note on the refrigerator reminding us of an upcoming online university test. An alarm set to remind us when it’s time to put dinner in the oven. A string around our finger so we don’t forget to stop at the store on the way home.

On our computers, calendar programs pop up with reminders of our scheduled meetings and tasks. We ask spouses and family members to call and check in to make sure we didn’t forget something. Smartphones even have apps that use GPS to remind us when we wander into a neighborhood near an errand we need to run or something we need to take care of.

But when it comes to remembering the things that are most important, our biggest goals and dreams, only some of us have come up with reminder systems to keep us on track.

Some call them mantras; others, mottos. They’re our daily affirmations, the messages we scrawl on a note and display above our workspaces or repeat out loud to ourselves in the mirror each morning. They help us remember why we work as hard as we do, why we are on the paths we’re on and just how worth it all this effort is going to be.

We asked WGU’s Facebook fans recently to share their mantras and mottos. Here are some of our favorites:

  • One student, a blogger known as wguguy who is in WGU’s online accounting degree program, needs only two words to remind him what’s he’s capable of: "I can."
  • Similarly, Marnie likes to say, "I’ve got this!" And Daniel takes it one step further: "I can—and I will."
  • Lacie reminds herself, "There’s always room at the top."
  • For Nan, it helps to remember that the end is in sight: "You can do anything for a short period of time." School isn’t forever, she says, and it helps to keep in mind that if you work hard now, it will pay off in the end. Tairra agrees: "Short-term sacrifice, long-term gain."
  • "I'm the only thing standing in my way," says Keith.
  • Annmarie’s motto, "Well done is better than well said," is certainly quote-worthy.
  • And for Mary, her motto is more than just inspirational; it’s instructional: "Just do the next thing."

So what’s yours? Post your slogan, your mantra, or your motto—funny or profound or inspiring or all of the above—in the comments below!

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