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17160 Stephen Kalyta asks: Do you want your experience at RMC to be an anchor or rocket fuel?

Do you want your experience at RMC to be an anchor or rocket fuel?

17160 Stephen Kalyta: #11 in a series

Stephen Kalyta

So here you are back at RMC, facing a new term and a New Year. I have good news and bad news. For those of you who had a successful term -well done. The bad news is last term is behind you now. For those cadets that struggled, and I know your pain, well the good news is it is behind you now. You see, its all a matter of perspective.

When you begin this new term, be the change that you seek. Outward evidence of change begins only after the inward reflection manifests within you. Much like my previous advice on preparing for finals, see yourself where you want to be rather than where you are. Each step, no matter how tiny, matters!

As Desmond Tutu said, “the only way to consume an elephant is one bite at a time”. There are no shortcuts with the proverbial RMC elephant. If you fear or ignore the elephant, it may consume you.

RMC is hard-wired to promote collaboration and so are you. So make those important connections with your professors, staff and fellow cadets with a fresh perspective. Use that informed group to “enhance your critical thinking and take action”, as the Dalai Lama wisely advised, and the world around you will change for the better.

You have within you, the ability to be the leader of your own story. Let me explain also that “how” you tell your story is as important as “what” you tell. Over the Holidays, I was reunited with a very good friend from CMR, whom I had not seen for 12 years. As we recounted our stories about MilCol, I discovered our experiences were vastly different, despite us both occupying the same time and space. Again it was a matter of perspective. Do you want your experience at RMC to be an anchor (apologies to my Navy buddies) or rocket fuel? Guess what perspective 8276 Marc Garneau and 13738 Chris Hadfield adopted?

So consider now how you want your RMC story to be told in the future. If it is a positive experience you seek, then be positive, show gratitude and accept that you have more of the RMC elephant consumed today than you did last term. So make every page of your story count because unlike exams, you are not permitted a re-write.

Previous article in this series:

Resilience

‘Gratitude toward Self’

Mid-term monsters and an altered academic reality

Oh what a night!

Cadets and Valour

Calling out all cadets with bars…

17160 Stephen Kalyta weighs in on auditor general’s report and gives Officer Cadets something to ponder

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