New Year, No Fears

It’s the new year and you know what that means, New Year’s resolutions! Now everyone knows the most popular one’s like losing weight and being more organized, but some of these basic resolutions, like being more social and more confident, can be used to improve leadership skills and help you to be the best FFA member you can. So here are some resolutions to help you to be more confident and try some new things.

One resolution that every FFA member should have is to meet new people, be more active in their chapter and in their community. This is a good because it helps you make connections and new friends. It also helps you become more comfortable when talking to people you’ve never met before. It’s a good skill to have and people will notice and be impressed with how easy it is for you to talk to them.

Another resolution is to be more confident and not be afraid to try something new. If you have the confidence to try something new and branch out a little from your comfort zone then you’ll never have to look back and think “What if I did try that and actually like it?” Even if you don’t like it at least you can say that you tried. A good example of branching out in FFA is to try different CDE competitions. Confidence also plays a huge part in FFA because there a lot of competitions that involve you standing up in front of a group of judges to give a presentation.

All of the resolutions I have said so far have all been leading up to this last one, which is to face your fears. If you never face them there will always be something holding you back from doing what you want.

All of the resolutions I have said so far have all been leading up to this last one, which is to face your fears. If you never face them there will always be something holding you back from doing what you want. Did you know the number one fear in the world is public speaking? This actually happens to be one of my own fears that I had to overcome to give a speech. I had to stand up in front of about twelve people, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but to me it felt like it was a hundreds. While I was up there giving my speech I realized that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had made it out to be. As I was finishing I also realized that there was really nothing to be afraid of and I didn’t know why I was so nervous. Now I feel like I will be ready and more confident to give another a speech.

These resolutions all have something in common with each other. They all tie into improving your leadership skills, giving you more confidence in yourself, and helping shape you into a better FFA member, but also a better person. All of these can help you to gain new friends, try new things and be more confident, and not be afraid of anything.

Raised in a Barn Intern, Allison DeVore.

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