Good luck on the fight against Perfectionism. Seems there are a lot of us in that fight with you. From my own fight, here is an affirmation that helped me in school: It is OK to make a B. This affirmation helped me to enjoy school greatly with a focus on learning rather than on grades. It also came in pretty handy when I decided that I could skip the work needed to memorize the reactions in Organic Chemistry, enjoy my focus on theory and problem solving only, and still get at least a C. [A metaphor for Organic: To get a C, use the Cincinnati residential phone book to call Mr. Anthony Jones. To get an A, call Mr. Anthony Jones without using the phone book because you should have memorized the phone book this semester. Next semester, you will still need to remember everyone's phone number and you will also have to memorize everyone's family tree with birth dates because you will be asked to call Mr. Anthony Jones' second cousin who was born in 1971 and who is not an identical twin.]
Enjoy the process in school and good luck with your sports and music goals.
My name is Randy Walters. I am a 19 year old college student/athlete at Northern Kentucky University. I have been on the SparkPeople system for around 3 years now. Throughout my SparkPeople Adventure, I've learned so many things about myself.
I also contribute a lot of my success to the SparkPeople system. I started using the program in high school. In high school I was involved in many things. I played basketball and soccer for the school team, I now play soccer for the NKU soccer team where I recieved a scholarship that pays for 3/4 of my tuition. I also was an active member of Student Council, where in my senior year I was a Chair of the Service Committee. I participated in a lot of community service where I extensively worked with kids. I tutored 2nd grade students for 3 of my 4 years in high school. I still continue to visit those kids whenever I get a chance.
I enjoy going to heavy metal concerts in my spare time. I've been to 30+ concerts in the past 4 years. I've seen my favorite band Sevendust 10 times. I have also been playing guitar for about 2-3 years now. I've never taken lessons, but I like to write my own songs. I wrote a senior farewell song for my senior class in high school. I am now taking lessons to learn how to sing. I've been only taking lessons for 2 weeks now but I am eager to get better.
I constantly struggle with being perfect. This has given me a lot of problems in the past. If I'm not perfect at something, I give up on it usually. It can be a real problem and is holding me back from reaching my potential in many areas of my life. I've gotten better over the past few years because of SparkPeople and because of my best friend/cousin/coach Joe D. I really look up to because he has helped me realize so many things about myself.
I'm unsure of what I am going to major in at college. As of right now, I'm leaning towards Psychology, specifically Sports Psychology. This field really interests me, but I don't want to rush my decision.
Some of my long-term goals are:
1) To be a Division 2 All-American 2) To get under 10% body fat 3) To write enough songs for a whole CD
That is all for now. I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of the SparkPeople around the world.
"Don't give up, Don't ever give up." -Jimmy Valvano
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