Get the marks you deserve in 2020
Get the marks you deserve. Focussing on the correct habits and mindsets to bring the best results can help you reach your academic goals in 2020.
It is the start of a new school year, and many students enthusiastically want to start the year on the right foot. For many, this implies wishing to get better marks. So naturally, you try to work harder, put more effort in, but still, you hit the wall and get stuck with the sense that you are just not living up to your full potential.
This leaves you feeling that you are not good enough or smart enough. What if…..or maybe the problem is not your intelligence. What if you just don’t know the correct habits and mental skills that will bring you the best results?
Pareto, an Italian economist, developed the Pareto Principle which argues that 80% of results will come from just 20% of our actions. Think about it; 80 % of the time on your phone will only be spent on 20% of your apps. Or you will wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.
The question is, have you been focussing on the 20% of habits and mental skills that make the 80% difference in your academics?
Often we tackle change unplanned. At the beginning of the year, you have a lot of energy which is excellent, but if the energy is not used to cultivate the correct habits and attitudes; you’ll find your tank running empty very quickly.
It is essential to use the new year to cultivate the correct habits and attitudes. As humans, we are always doing something, whether it is thinking, walking, sitting or talking. We are doing something. At any given moment, what you are doing is either bringing you closer to who you want to be or further away. So, ask yourself these questions:
- Is what I am thinking and doing in my subjects getting me closer to where I want to be?
- If I keep doing what I have been doing and been thinking, does it bring me closer to where I want to be?
Growing up, we are falsely taught that your school marks are only related to how smart you are. This belief causes a very narrow-minded view of educational success. Although intelligence has an influence, many other factors can contribute to academic success. These factors are often overlooked and underestimated — factors such as a useful mindset and productive habits. Useful mindset and habits become even more important in higher grades and after school.
So what mindset do you have? Do this activity to check-in:
- Think about the subject that is your nemesis at the moment?
- Write down an notice what your mind is telling you about the subject.
- Without judging, just notice the words and images your mind uses. Notice how your body responds to the thoughts and feelings of this subject.
- Notice how your emotions respond to thinking about this subject. Just notice, in whatever form these thoughts and feelings arise.
- Don’t try to box them or get rid of them, just notice.
- Now ask yourself, what do I usually do with these feelings and thoughts. Does what I do help me succeed in the subject or not? If it helps, I should do more of it. If it does not help try something else.
After you have done this, be honest with yourself. Am I cultivating a mindset of openness, optimism and flexibility towards the year? These mindsets can help you get closer to the marks you deserve.
Within this in mind, join me over the next few weeks to learn some of the habits and mental skills that can get you closer to the marks you deserve.