Will I pass ?

Exam season is perhaps the most stressful time of the year. Your GPA is deemed to be the determining factor that will carve your career path for the future, and achieving a certain benchmark becomes ever-so problematic. After all, you attend university to learn and acquire the skills to be fully equipped for a summer internship, or to reach a goal in becoming a multi-millionaire CEO of your dream job. We all have these visions of success, but we are often clouded by a fear of failure in achieving them.

To most, this fear comes in the form of failure to pass a final exam. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve failed my accounting midterm. Yes, it was a disappointment, but am I going to let a grade define who I am? No. What matters is how you progress and improve.

The biggest barrier to overcoming failure is self-doubt. If you aren’t going to believe in yourself, then who will? Your mom? Sure, she could be a great supporter, but no one will be able to change the way you think and act aside from yourself.

Once you begin doubting yourself and stream negative videos in your head of what will happen IF this and that, you are already being sucked into a “don’t go there” zone. Why fill yourself with negative energy if you can stream positive ones FOR FREE?

Tell yourself that you CAN do something, that you ARE better than how others may perceive you. Write it down a million times if you must.

At the end of the day, your biggest competitor is you. Aim to be better than you were yesterday, not better than your friends or colleagues. Sitting at home and comparing yourself to how good others are doing at school, at a job, or at a hobby of yours will get you nowhere; while they are moving forwards, you will be stuck dwelling on a situation that will keep you stuck in the past.

I know it’s hard to be positive when you feel like everything is being pinned against you, and it sucks. But these “pinnings” are merely fictitious thoughts that you’ve created for yourself. They are non-existent. Are you going to believe something that isn’t there? OR will you set yourself on a trajectory to success by CREATING a path that will reflect your personal development?

The choice is yours.