One Thought

How transformative can one thought really be? Have you ever had one thoughts, one powerful thought that you were convinced could change world? I recently had a good friend (@DustinKillpack) tell me a story of one moment where he had a truly powerful thought that he is confident made a difference. This story has inspired me to think about how much our thoughts impact our actions and how much our attitudes and energies impact those around us. This led me even further to think about one thought in particular that impacts the work we do as Student Affairs professionals – What do I want to do when I get older?

This question guides many of our students lives – even most of our lives. Yet during this year I have caught myself wondering the exact same question. What do I want to do when I get older, what do I want to do when I get this masters I am working on? My career goals over this year have changed so many times because I might get frustrated with a certain aspect or excited with another, and I have had so many new opportunities and experiences this year that have help shape my perceptions of possibilities in Student Affairs. I now know about so many different possibilities for career paths.

The best part though is this idea of one thought. What do I want to be? I want to be someone who helps others achieve their greatest potential. Keeping this one thought in mind I know that whatever doors open, experiences I am able to have, or paths I may ponder I am able to focus in on my one thought of helping others. There are many ways to achieve a goal but I have found that keeping one thought or idea in mind will help you achieve that goal. I have also found that this one thought may change from time to time and the best way for me to deal with that is to be gentle with myself and allow the change to happen. What is your one thought? Has it changed? Share with me @byebyeryan!

In peace,

Ryan Bye

Student Affairs - the First Years

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