Alice gives us our prefect Thought for the Week, presented in this morning's assembly all about the power of positive thinking.
Today, I want to talk about the importance of positive thinking and how we need to train our minds to see the good in every situation. Despite many of us facing the stressful period of exams, we need to focus on the best outcome possible and not the worst.
It all starts with working out what kind of person you are. Are you someone who thinks your glass is half empty or half full? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you look at situations as challenges to overcome or problems that will defeat you?
It's well proven that having a positive outlook throughout life benefits your health, success, confidence and well-being. The good news is that positive thinking can be learnt and you start with something called 'self talk'. It's the inner voice, the endless stream of thoughts that run through your head from the minute you wake up. The internal monologue telling you how you feel about every situation you face. These thoughts can be cheerful and supportive or negative and self-defeating.
Being happy and positive is generally a good place to be so why wouldn't you want to be there? Walking into house or around the school, be pleased to see people, be positive, put people in a good mood. As the writer and poet Maya Angelou said "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
If you tend to have a negative outlook, don't expect to become an optimist overnight but with practice, eventually your self talk will contain less self criticism and more self acceptance.
Give your best and bring positivity to whichever area of school life you participate in - drama, music, art, sport, house life and to your friends and teachers. You'll find school a happier and more rewarding place to be.
Just being here is a massive privilege; RHS gives us all the very best opportunities to achieve something special in our lives. Whatever year you're in, if you don't think you've made the most of those opportunities, then start today.
I'll leave you with the words of Babe Ruth, one of America's greatest sportsman, "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."