by ACCA student blogger Elyse Burns-Hill
I touched briefly on mindset in my last post, and I would like to expand on it now.
Creating the right mindset for yourself is what can make the difference between success and failure. This applies to everything in life from your ACCA exams to getting your dream job.
1. Believe in yourself
Some of us go through times when we just do not believe that we are going to make it through the next set of exams without at least one failure. I know I’ve felt like that on multiple occasions. Whenever those thoughts come into your head, you need to push them out again. Don’t let them take hold and bring you down. This is what I tell myself when I feel like that: “I am capable of anything I want to do, and at the moment that is passing my exams”.
2. Positive energy
Create positive energy around what you are doing. If you’re studying, sit quietly for two minutes and imagine yourself opening your exam results. “Pass”- let the feelings of happiness (or relief!) sit there and radiate out through your mind and body. Then get to work.
3. Release yourself from restraining thoughts
Many of us believe that the intelligence, abilities or talents that we are born with are what we have for life. While each of us maybe born with a capacity or limit to our intelligence, very few people will reach that capacity without hard work and perseverance. If you think about it on a biological level (keeping things simple!), the brain is just a mass of connections. The more you learn and work towards building those connections, the smarter you get.
So your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to believe in yourself every step of the way, create a bubble of positive energy around you whenever you do something you want to succeed in, and keep learning and pushing yourself in the knowledge that doing so will make you smarter.