Contrary to what most people around you are trying to say, school is not all that important.
And… contrary to what that might make you think, realizing that will only help your ability to do well in it.
Humans have this strange ability to overestimate the importance of virtually everything that they decide to do. I can see the old cliche of a student saying, “my life is over,” to some stupid and minor school problem. In reality, failing that test or class or getting kicked out for some stupid reason rarely has a significant effect on a person’s life. When it does have a large impact it is almost always because the person overreacts and causes it themselves.
“I failed! My life is over! I’m dropping out!” The problem wasn’t the failure it was the overreaction afterwards. In virtually all problems of life from failures, they can be corrected absolutely 100% within a year or two. This is particularly true with school.
This human ability to overestimate the danger can be helpful. If you were wandering the woods and thought you heard a bear coming, you would naturally overreact and freak out until you prove otherwise. That’s because the ancestors that didn’t overreact to potential life threatening situations got eaten by bears.
School is not where you need to worry about getting eaten by bears (too often…)
When you’re worried about your life being over you may be good at running but you’re sure as hell not good at remembering minor details you’re trying to learn. Realizing how unimportant school really is lets you use the most powerful parts of yourself to handle school. That makes you significantly more successful at it.
Have you ever sabotaged your success doing this silly little thing?
You only procrastinate the stuff that sucks. You don’t say, “Ahhh… I’ll read that text from my crush later.” Nope. Now… Any pause is intentional and coordinated to respond better.
Here is the problem with academics:
You probably think most academic stuff sucks – at least a little. (Especially compared to other things you could be doing.)
And the thing is:
FORCING YOURSELF TO STUDY JUST MAKES IT WORSE!
You’re slowly hardening your association of school and being miserable.
You need to create positive associations with academics. You want your brain to be getting hyped up and positive when you’re thinking about studying and giving into this internal oligarchical instinct to force yourself to studying – ain’t helpin’.
Chill the internal dictator for a moment…
A big secret: You need to STOP forcing yourself to study so much.
But, if you’re not forcing yourself then how are you going to see those killer straight-a’s that you’re always dreaming about?
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