Student Support Services: Mindful Behaviour

By Fred Standil
Student Services Advisor at Herzing College

In this time of rapid change, it is important to take stock of the choices we make and the behaviours we display.

It is rare that a day goes by when we are not exposed to new ways of doing things as we navigate our way through life in 2023. As I have been known to say from time to time, “The only constant is change.”

We live in a time when choices are so plentiful that many people become paralyzed when deciding what is right for them. It is remarkable that people who deem themselves to be “influencers” can be so effective when it comes to manipulating people. What happened to the idea of independent thinking and free will?

Previous generations had a much clearer path when it came to developing as unique individuals who knew the value of being true to themselves. Certainly, this is still possible in 2023. However, issues such as peer pressure, envy, spite, bullying, and a host of other concerns are amplified to unprecedented levels.

People have always been directly and indirectly influenced by their families, friends, and circle of acquaintances. The need to think for oneself has never been greater than it is at this time in history.

Consider this as food for thought. Regardless of your age or the generation to which you belong, YOU have both the ability and the right to make your own choices. Some would say this is also an obligation. Own your words and your behaviours. Excuses are just empty responses.

The great thing about doing this is that it truly enhances our sense of self. Most people wish to be seen for who they are. They do not wish to be manipulated.

In fact, many tragic events refer to the person in question as wanting to be seen or heard or wanting to belong. What better way is there to ensure this is not a deficit in your life and to attract like-minded individuals into your orbit?


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