By Alexandra Hochstetler
Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2013
I know on my old bio sheets it said my favorite book was The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. However, when considering the book that has made the most impact on me and has changed my life for the better, I have to give credit to The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. This book is one of the most talked about works of this century, and for a good reason. The Secret gives you the power to change your life: to acquire things that make you feel happy, to strengthen relationships, and to improve yourself. The great thing about The Secret is…all you need is an attitude adjustment.
I’m not saying we are all behaving naughtily or are having a bad attitude, but I am saying that most people don’t take the right approach to solving their problems. The fundamental idea here is that positive thinking will bring positive results. Great American Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” Truer words have never been spoken. The Bible also has a few things to say on this subject: “Ask and ye shall receive,” and “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Isn’t it true that blind faith and belief in something, no matter how impossible it seems, will bring about miraculous results?
So what can we do to change our lives? Start thinking positively. DON’T banish all negativity from your life, that’s far too daunting and scary. But, DO start being thankful for everything you have in your life. Being grateful is the first step in aligning your thoughts along the positive spectrum. After that, comes the faith. Believe without wavering, trust without faltering, and imagine without boundaries, and you will achieve your dreams.
1. Be Grateful for what you have
2. Trust in what you want.
3. Alter your behavior to reflect your dreams.
4. Achieve your dreams.
It’s a simple formula. Millions of people have used it in life, and you can too. Now go out there and change your life for the better!
Alexandra Hochstetler is a college freshman at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana double majoring in Biology and Medical Humanities and minoring in both Chemistry and Spanish. Originally from Middlebury, Indiana, Alexandra was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana for 2013. Learn more about Alexandra here!