Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing

Bravery - courageous character or behaviour. How brave do you think you are? You may think you aren’t as brave as you probably may be. It is often tested when we are put through moments that we never expected we would be in. How we get through them tests our bravery. Every single one of us has had to be brave in our life and every single one of us reading this is here now, so it shows that we have had elements of bravery that have gotten us through.

I found this amazing article written by Gabrielle Treanor, in the ‘Happy News’ Newspaper that I just had to share with you.

Belief is a tricky one, right? It’s not a tangible thing you can hold in your hand. It’s not a fact, it’s what we’ve decided is true. You can believe a little or a lot. It can be unwavering and it can wobble. Belief is trust, it’s faith, it’s opinion, it’s conviction. It’s accepting something without proof.

With belief we can climb the steepest mountains. Without it we can feel cast adrift on the ocean.

Henry Ford famously said: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t - you’re right”. When it comes to self-belief, he has a point. You might have tonnes of evidence that you can do something but it amounts to nothing if you don’t believe that you can. And there may be zero proof that what you dream of is possible but you believe wholeheartedly that it can become a reality for you.

Our world is created by our beliefs.

Believing that you won’t get the job you want stops you from applying. Believing that you can learn to be a safe driver has you signing up for your first lesson. Believing that it’s selfish to take care of yourself sees you overwhelmed and burned out. Believing that it’s okay to ask for help prompts you to reach out to a friend.

Our beliefs aren’t formed in a vacuum. They’re influenced and created by the society and culture we live in and the messages we’re given. If you don’t see someone who looks or sounds like you doing what you want, that can make it harder to believe it’s possible.

But with belief anything is possible.

We had no proof that a human could run a mile in less than four minutes. Roger Bannister tried because he believed he could and passed the finishing line in 3m 59.04s. We had no evidence that an African American and Asian American woman could be elected to the position of vice president of the United States but Kamala Harris, and others believed that it was possible. And they were proven right.

With belief you can open doors not only for yourself but for others as well.

Questioning the belief that is underneath what’s stopping you from doing what you want or being your full self can reveal that it’s not your belief to hold, and that it doesn’t serve you. This allows you to look at dismantling it, setting it down and freeing yourself from its power.

Beliefs aren’t set in stone or finite. They can be acquired, recognised and released. They can be planted, nurtured and strengthened, and by doing so empower us to thrive and flourish.

So what beliefs do you want to set aside?

And what beliefs do you want to sow, nourish and build, to support you to be your truest self?