“All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don't you take it away from yourself.” - Michael Crichton
For a lot of people, the pressure they face from family, friends and even themselves to achieve great things is high. We all want to do great things. Whether it be to score a goal for your team or to get into the college of your dreams or to finally get up the courage to speak to your crush, we all have aspirations. And like with many things in life, things don't always go as planned. That's okay, that's part of the path. But the key to resilience is this: pride. Not the sort of pridefulness that can get a person in trouble. Being proud of yourself is as important as it is challenging.
Ask yourself when the last time you felt proud of something you've done? Maybe it was just today or maybe it was so long ago you can't even remember. We're here to remind you to change that. To be proud is to give yourself a little hug. To be proud is to be pick yourself up off your feet and to keep on. To be proud is to be your own cheerleader when no one else is around.
So just remember the next time you're getting ready for a big game or you're waiting to hear back from the college of your dreams or you're sitting next to your crush- go for it. Be proud of yourself no matter the outcome. That is the key to success and lifelong happiness.