Since I came to Freedom Mountain Academy to discover my true self and to decide what I would like to accomplish in the future, I need to find the right tools and take advantage of the help available so I can move forward. I need to develop the willingness and honor required to complete my schoolwork and to accept the corrections and suggestions of my classmates and teachers, whether I like what they are saying or not.

I developed a quote for myself which helps keep my mind uplifted and focused throughout the day: “I am strong. I am worthwhile. I am confident, and I have faith in myself to accomplish every task given and to overcome any obstacle in my way.” I will keep this quote with me as a reminder to stay positive and to keep moving forward no matter how hard it is.

When I recognize and accept my full potential, and maintain my belief in myself, I can and will pull through anything. Once I learn that either my attitudes control me or I control them, I will stop blaming others or my environment, and I will move more quickly toward my goals and future dreams.

Once I choose to do what it takes, I will grow stronger and become more accountable, and I will move toward becoming a leader with respectful attitudes toward the important people in my life and myself.

“I would rather attempt to do something great and fail, than attempt to do nothing and succeed.”—from Possibility Thinking.

I keep this quote with me to remind me throughout the day that the only way to succeed is to try, even if I sometimes fail, because it is only through my effort that I reach my goals and become who I want to be.

“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak.”—Henry David Thoreau

I wrote a five-step paragraph about this, which explains how I need to grow in accord with my own rhythm and not worry about what others are doing. When I stop worrying about being the greatest, and stop being in a hurry to get where others are, or to be like they are, I will see and learn different things about myself, and I will know that my rhythm will take me where I am meant to be and where I want to go. It will challenge me to be more hopeful, and to improve myself and to be who I am, even around those I fear will reject or judge me. When my courage and strength kicks in, I will hold on and remember what greatness is rooted within me. This quote from Thoreau reminds me that instead of seeking acceptance or popularity from society, friends, or even family, I must hold on to my courage and strength to stay true to myself, to follow my own rhythm, and to make my life’s music as I hear it. When I decide to open up, listen, and build upon the advice and guidance I receive, I will be more connected and determined to do what is right, to forgive myself if I make mistakes, and to start anew each day.

This is how I will achieve my three goals for my time at FMA, which are:

To build my character, to accept myself, and to develop the self-discipline and confidence to face challenges.

To be honest with others and myself, to be able to step up and do more than is expected, and to do things I should do without being told.

To be strong and courageous enough to be true to myself and to do my best with all the resources and tools available.

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