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The most successful people I’ve ever met spend most of their lives overwhelmed.
These successes don’t magically control every aspect of their lives perfectly. For the most part, they’re just juggling effectively.
Talk to someone in the prime of their productivity and they’ll almost always look similar to these:
Ask a great athlete in the middle of their game, “what are you thinking about out there?”
They’ll give you a bit of an awkward face for a moment while they leave productive mode and get back into reflective mode. They might even have to be asked the question a second time because their response will just be a confused, “what?”
That’s how business executives act when they’re in the middle of something big.
They’re so busy doing things in their head that it takes them a second to switch their brain to a different mode.
This is a good position to be in.
It’s a sign that you’re focused. It’s a sign that you’re doing something big.
You can’t do it forever.
Sure… over time you’ll get stronger and better at managing tons of things but you’re human. (I’m personally glad you’re human. Humans make much better company.)
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed with the things you’re thinking about.
It’s good to get super focused on achieving your goals.
It’s downright admirable.
That being said, the only purpose of your life shouldn’t be to win the admiration of others.
The purpose of your life should include something for you.
Do great things!
They will require you juggle tons of difficult decisions and problems.
(That’s what make them great. Not everyone can manage them.)
But never lose sight of the person you should be trying to please. You know, the person wearing your hair as a hat. If you donated your hair to someone at some point in your life then that won’t make sense. In fact, it probably doesn’t make sense to most of you. 🙂
Learn to appreciate the planned step back.
By slowing down intentionally, you protect yourself from completely burning out when you’re desperate to be successful.
(I’ve heard many a horror story of students breaking down during finals. That ends up costing them huge points because they just can’t get themselves to do what they need to do.)
A strategic rest session once in a while can help you keep your head on straight.
It keeps your priorities in check.
And, shucks, isn’t it kind of fun once in a while?
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Study better immediately and not 6 months from now when the stars are all aligning
T had her head down staring at her grade. She’d kind of curled up the edges of the paper a little to casually hide the teacher’s red pen from the people in the chairs next to her. It was another disappointing grade and she just ran out of ideas.
So that afternoon, after class, she went up to the teacher and asked for some advice.
She got an answer – work hard. Study more. She politely responded but felt a little disappointed because she was sure that was what she was already doing.
But… she tried harder.
And a month later, she was staring back down at the same disappointing grade on her paper…
She thought she’d talk to the teacher and clarify how hard she was working. Then ask for advice.
The teacher responded that ‘you shouldn’t expect results so fast. It takes time.’
I agree with that teacher in some sense.
But in another sense, I want to throw him off a bridge. (Not a mortal fall. Just a scary, think-twice before saying that stupid thing again fall.)
Good studying shows instant results. NOW! Not 6 months from now. – for most classes… math has some complications but more than a month is too long to wait.
Maybe not in your final grade. But on the single assignment and test grades – results should be showing up.
If not, change something. (Even if it’s something small.)
To take it farther –
For some students, the second they stop studying using a Smart Student Secrets/Active Recall strategy, they can instantly feel the difference in knowledge. Instead of ending their study session worried, they end the session with confidence.
Results aren’t something that you should wait 6 months for.
You shouldn’t have to wait until everything goes perfect.
Are you ready for results?
That’s what I teach.
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