Propelled By Stress


It’s Saturday afternoon and I am sitting in the Barnes & Noble Café with Parker, studying. I remember being in the exact same place last year—barely through my first semester of law school. There was so much uncertainty, so much fear. Studying for hours on end, thinking all my effort was never enough…

Now, here I am. I made it through my first year of law school—a different feeling this time around. I made it. What seemed like impossibility turned into victory.

We have all had these moments—gut-wrenching, stress-inducing fears of failure. They make us want to delay, hide, or quit completely. Yet, such moments rarely last for long. As soon as they come, we need to recognize them, and call them what they are…the distractions, lies, and obstacles they are.

We need to use such fears, such stresses, to propel ourselves forward. Stress isn’t the evil obstacle we are tempted to believe: It’s been discovered that we can use stress to our advantage—by putting our fast-beating heart to good use. UC Berkeley researcher, Daniella Kaufer, believes taking stress head-on is healthy—because stress boosts brain power.

All of us have untapped resources and strengths within us. We need to use them. Too often, we talk ourselves down, backing ourselves into a corner, thinking we are incapable of accomplishing our biggest dreams and goals. The saying, “Thoughts are things,” is really true: Our thoughts manifest themselves within our world. If you don’t start thinking that you are a winner, you will never be winner. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one is going to believe in you. You are your own greatest cheerleader. If you’re not going to do it, no one is going to do it. Believe you can do it. Because you can.

I learned a lot about my capabilities during my first year of law school. I faced my goals, fears, dreams head on. Are you ready to face yours?

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