I used to do something quite bizarre but encouraging on a regular basis while I was studying. I’d actively seek out reasons why I knew I could one day graduate.
Before doing that I did something even more bizarre…I used to look for all the reasons why I couldn’t graduate!
Oscillating between building a case for yourself and building a case against!
In the end I choose to increasingly build a case for myself rather than against and the tipping point arrived.
Professor Schwartz wrote this:
“When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why. But when you believe, really believe, something can be done, your mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it.”
I just started choosing to believe in my capacity more as a student and got to work both on that thinking and my own application of studying.
It did not take long to gather momentum.
An exercise I’ve found to be really helpful is this:
1. Write a goal down that you are seeking to achieve
2. Write down all the reasons why you know you can achieve that goal
3. Read that list before a next time on task
Build a case for yourself (regularly and repeatedly).