Today's Update: Tuesday, January 19

January 19, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  

Most people don’t keep them. We tend to set lofty goals that aren’t realistically attainable, and that leads to feelings of failure.  

As I shared before, I’ve selected a word to frame my 2021: peace. So far, it’s going well. It’s been very helpful to have a constant thread throughout my days and weeks, and I appreciate all of you who have helped remind me when I start to wander a bit. 

Another way to think about the start to a new year and semester is by thinking about New Year’s Opportunities.  

Ask yourself:  What am I going to do in 2021 to take care of myself that I have not done before? Or: What am I going to do in 2021 to enhance my resilience that I have not done before? 

Your answers can take you far closer to your goals than any “resolution.”  

And while we’re talking about how to face 2021, I want to stress the importance of perspective. We know these are stressful times, and that is not likely to change dramatically any time soon. Many of the stressors in our lives are outside of our control. From the pandemic to racial injustice to the headline of the day, there are countless things we can worry about without being able to actually change them.   

We can’t control those realities. What we can control is our perspective. What can I do? What should I do? How do I react to situations I can’t control? What do I want my perspective to be? 

The beauty of a ‘new year’ is that we have the opportunity to start anew with a fresh perspective. Instead of a bland resolution, we can make our priority a new mindset to go with the new semester.  

It’s a good recipe for Scarlet and Greatness.