Wonderful words of encouragement for college students.
Getting through the whole college life is extremely difficult. And because it is hard, I see most of the students struggle especially during their first year. As a teacher and a former student, I totally understand that.
In my college and teaching years, I see the majority of students fail in their academic goals. Only a few who really succeeded. At some point, I asked myself whether or not students are not equal in terms of capabilities to succeed in the academic journey.
But what I realized is that students are equally talented and capable of achieving their academic goals. The only thing that holds them back is doubt and uncertainty. But the truth is, if you are one of the students who struggle in school, you just need to realize that you have what it takes to succeed.
Most students don’t believe when I say that they are as talented as those achieving high academic honors. The only reason of students’ failure is the self-defeating belief. A belief that they are not enough, or they don’t have what it takes to succeed.
When in college (as a student), I met many of those students who were a great enemy of themselves. They did not believe that they could achieve their goal.
As a student, I consistently at the top of the class. I was able to maintain a straight-A status. But no one realized that I wasn’t the most intelligent one. In fact, there were students who outscored me in the IQ test.
So, what made me so successful in my college years is not IQ. It was a great mindset that most students should have. The foundation of success is not found in what you do but in what you feed in your mind.
Therefore, students who have a mindset of a winner could potentially succeed in school. Your thinking pattern is a determining factor. So, what is the right mindset? How every student should think?
In this post, I will be sharing with you some tips and truths on how you can achieve your academic goal this semester. I hope you’ll get something to help you get motivated and succeed in your college journey.
Wonderful words of encouragement for college students
In most cases, either in school or in real life situation, motivation determines success and failure. The most motivated ones often get the best result. But if you are a student with heavy academic load and inconsiderate professors, gaining motivation can be very hard.
But before you quit, please hear me. The reality is that you are not the only student who experienced that. Me too. I want you to realize that if I did succeed in college, you can too. Below are my “wonderful words of encouragement for college students” like you. I hope I will be able to awaken the warrior inside you.
1. Understand that nothing is easy
The biggest mistake that a student or every person can make is to underestimate the amount of work needed to actually succeed in every goal. Consistently, I see students who embark in the academic journey who have a high academic goal but then quit before the end of the first semester in college.
They never thought that their goal accompanies tremendous hard work and dedication. The truth is that it is way easier to set goals than to go through them. It is difficult and harder than you might be thinking.
If you are a student who set a high academic goal without realizing that it takes hard work to make it real, then you will more likely to fail than succeed. The key to success is understanding that work is the only thing that can make your dream a reality.
2. Do not rely on motivation
As I sit to write this article, I am feeling so tired. All day long I delivered lectures to my students. I simply unmotivated to write an article this evening. My mind keeps telling me that I should go to bed early because I am exhausted. I could have every reason not to write this post. But I am determined to follow my routine. So I wrote this blog post.
What I am trying to say here is that relying so much on motivation actually detriments your goal. It is because not all the time you are motivated. If you are a student, there will be times when you are not motivated to read or study your lesson. Motivation is something you cannot maintain along the way. Even the most motivated person procrastinates at some point.
If you are desperate to achieve your goal, you are not allowed to stop. This means that you should keep working regardless of whether you feel good doing the task or not. The most successful athletes in the world have a habit of going to the gym even if they are unmotivated to do so. If you want to reach your academic goal, do not rely so much on motivation.
When I was a student, I used to have a list of things that needed to be done on a daily basis. I made sure that everything is done before sunset or before I go to bed. It helped me to get on the track of my goal. What I realized is that success is the sum of all the small things you do every single day.
3. Embrace the pain
The journey towards success is always painful. And because it is painful, not all people are willing to follow the path. Why are people unwilling to sacrifice? Simply because it is scary. The human brain has evolved to avoid pain. As a result, it drives you away from a potential threat.
In school, you will be facing a lot of challenges. Following the path to success is not a straight line. There will be ups and downs. It will be very painful. And every time you experience that pain, your brain will tell you to quit. If you follow what it says, you’re done. I strongly believe that your worst enemy is you because you are the only person who can decide when to quit.
Embracing the pain means that you do what is ought to be done no matter how challenging and difficult it is. If you don’t want to study, get your notes and study. If you don’t want to go out of bed early, go out of your bed as soon as your alarm clock rings. Do what is opposite of your mind’s mandate.
4. Do not tell your goal to anybody
I learned this technique from super successful people. I personally applied to myself and it worked. But why should you not share your goal with anyone? Well, the answer is simple. If you tell others what you are up to, chances are people may underestimate your potential. For the most part, people tend to give undesirable comments. There are many explanations as to why they do that.
The one thing that I am sure of is that those negative comments could hurt your self-esteem. When that happens, your goal will be in jeopardy. Just remember that you have no obligation whatsoever to let people know about your goal.
The best thing you can do is to confuse them with your silence but shock them with your result.
5. Do not quit
This may sound a cliché. But this is important if not the most important word of encouragement that I can share with you. Most successful people who ever walked on this planet did not quit on their dreams. They too have their own downs. But they kept on backing up.
In school, you will have downs too. The best thing you can do is to keep moving. Take one step at a time. It does not matter how small the actions you make every day. What matters is that you keep on pounding.
Of course, this is easier to say than done. I’ve been there. It is hard to keep yourself motivated especially when you’re failing. Remember that the human brain always wants comfort. This is the reason why most people quit before they even see success.
If you are a student who really wants to reach the top of the academic ladder, you should not allow yourself to quit. It does not matter how many times you fail. The only thing that matters is how many times you get back up.
Do not listen to anybody. Listen to your heart. And more importantly, do not listen to your mind. Just do what is ought to be done.
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I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.