Get the marks you deserve in 2020
By developing the correct habits and fostering a mindset which will allow you to reach your optimal potential in order to bring the best results, you can 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 footing. For many, this implies wishing to get better marks. So naturally, you try to work harder by putting more effort in. But in spite of your efforts, you hit a wall and get stuck with the sense that you are just not living up to your full potential.
What then happens? This leaves you feeling that you are not good enough or smart enough. But what if the problem is not your intelligence? What if you just have not yet developed the correct habits and mental skills that will help you in achieving the best results?
Pareto, who is an Italian economist, developed the Pareto Principle which argues that 80% of results will come from just 20% of our actions. Think about this- put simply, 80 % of time spent on your phone will only be spent on 20% of your apps. Or similarly, you will wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.
The question is, have you been focusing on the 20% of habits and mental skills that make the 80% difference in your academics?
Oftentimes, we tackle change unplanned. At the beginning of the year, you have a lot of energy which is excellent, but if this 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 always doing something, and at any given moment, what you are doing is either bringing you closer to who you want to be or taking you further away. So, ask yourself these important 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 also contribute to academic success. These factors are often overlooked and underestimated and may include factors such as a useful mindset and productive habits. A 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 and notice what your mind is telling you about this subject.
- Without judging, just notice the words and images your mind uses. Notice how your body responds to the thoughts and feelings related to this subject.
- Notice the link between your emotions and this subject. Just notice, in whatever form these thoughts and feelings arise within you.
- 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, perhaps I should 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? Fostering these mindsets can help you get closer to the marks you deserve.
With 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.