I’ve recently noticed the amount of people who say that they are hopeless in regards to studying and passing exams. As you can find so many opportunities for improvement now this indicates an actual shame in case a limiting belief is holding you back. Steve’s story is an excellent example with this and how it doesn’t need to be that way.
When I first met Steve, he was extremely upbeat about each of his recent achievements, however when it stumbled on a class he still hadn’t finished, you might hear the energy draining away as he described your home study involved including various assignments and a thesis Jamb expo 2022. He’d set himself a 6 months deadline and had in fact squeezed the assignments done, but the thesis was a challenge he hadn’t had the oppertunity to overcome and it had been stopping him finishing the course.
I asked him to share with me about other studying situations and how easy or difficult he’d found them. It transpired that when he was at school, his father had told him in no uncertain terms precisely what he expected Steve to accomplish in his exams. The pressure Steve felt under resulted in him failing every one.
Years later he were able to pass various exams because he wanted to do it for himself, but although he ultimately did well, he said he always found them difficult, and had a belief he would always struggle with studying.
Talking by way of a strategy to have his thesis finished, he decided to create down his thoughts and feelings about his school days, and remember the successful results he’d had since leaving school.
He also decided to develop an affirmation to be repeated morning and night such as “I thrive on my learning achievements” to begin changing his thoughts around studying, and then visualise his family and friends congratulating him on finishing his course.
Steve felt so inspired, he got his thesis finished inside a week and felt a good sense of achievement. When we analysed why it had been so very hard in order to complete, he became aware that the real problem had been the very thought of spending each of that point at his PC, which had made him feel under pressure, just like he’d felt when he was at school. Then realised that passing the course really was important to him and worth the time, but he’d to locate ways of making it a more fulfilling process. By having regular breaks and giving himself little rewards, he successfully completed his thesis and went for another course, but this time around with the belief he could do it!