Now that the examinations are over and everyone is settled down and should be relaxing a bit. Deserve to be so. Having said this, dear students , we may use this relaxation time to think a bit about the process” how we do, what we do actually”. 9th grade students are going to SSLC and 11th grade to 12th (1st PUC to 2nd PUC), the two major stepping stones to reach the cruising altitude in life. So let us discuss about our approach to these two important stages in life.
Generally we study when we actually enter the academic year, June 1st onward. Till that date SSLC is not belong to those who passed in 9th and similar for PU students!! We can rectify this approach a bit and make things easy for the rest crucial one year lying ahead. Let us think a little about this, have you ever thought what changes our brain under goes dramatically, in these 45-60 days of holidays? Why are we under the impression that from June onward only we are eligible or capable of studying SSLC or 2nd PUC? As you know there are no changes in brain anatomy in these 45 -60 days, it is our approach that makes the difference. In these holidays you may finish off studying 2, 3 tough chapters / subjects (which the student feel, or you may get inputs from your seniors) in any stream (may be from math’s or science or both). When we consider that these two stages are very important, we need to do some sacrifice also to brace it with right approach. There are a few benefits over here, 1.When we study by enjoying the process; we digest the things easily (because there is no pressure now). 2. You will get plenty of time to rest of the various subjects and topics during the actual academic year. 3. You will be able to practice many a times additionally, these tough topics and see how you perform at class exams and in a position to carry out necessary rectifying act. 4. If you can start now you will be able to reach (finish) early, say by Jan end, which is going to give a lot of relaxation before the final exam. Because one of the main reasons for examination fear is, we are not ready/ finish in time which puts a lot of stress at the end. It is not that you devote your full time like school days but a few hours. We all know that failing to prepare is to prepare for the failure. So be prepared well in advance.
Before saying NO, kindly do act (If it doesn’t helps, you may leave it) and confirm yourself because “Impossible is Often Untried “. Sure, an additional energy is needed to rectify and replace an old approach and behaviors, to install a new one. Let us explain it this way .Many of us have traveled by air in the night. If you listen carefully the pilot makes an additional announcement before taking off which he doesn’t do in the day time. He says he is going put off cabin lights till he reaches the cruising altitude since he need additional energy to reach there. Thereafter plane takes less energy, cruises normally until it reach its destination. This applies in life also. We need a bit more determination until we are ok with new habit or approach, after that you are going to cruise easily with the new habit.
All of us watch cricket. Consider a test match; we have seen captains blaming the pitch for poor result. If they play a one day match on the same pitch, same day, 100 over produces almost 600 runs and a T20 will produce 300 plus runs in just 40 overs.What is the role of the pitch or conditions here? Clearly most of the times it is not the conditions but players approach to the format of the game. Tendullar struggled to complete his 100th century. But going by his statistics you can see he should have completed 125 centuries!!! He lost 25% of centuries to “century syndrome” (Getting out between 90 &99) not only has he done this, many other batsmen too). What a batsman do when he approaches century? He starts playing cautiously and suddenly become anxious about completing the century. The bowler, who was hit for boundaries sixers a few minutes earlier, also is considered dangerous now on!!!! From 90 run onward starts crawling. We might have lost many matches for this wrong approach. What happens to them all of sudden? They just forget or give up the free, fearless, joyful approach which brought them 90 runs easily and enters into an artificial anxiety cell, the negative approach for the remaining 10 runs, that may deny them the century or painstakingly they may complete it at the cost of counties pride.
Very similarly our children do behave. Once they enter October month slowly their smiling face starts fading. They allow exam fear and anxiety to build up, they “feel “like forgetting the topics they know very well and at the end , that is what going to happen. It is because they employ this wrong approach for almost 6 months (October to March) and condition the mind negatively and end up in destroying self.
What we do when we are going for an ordinary and a special function? In the first case we try to be casual ,we are done by 10 minutes where as in the 2nd case we spend at least one hour in front of mirror. Because of the difference in the nature of the function we adopt two different approaches to get ready. When you are in 10th and 12th you are under the scanner of everyone. So the old relaxing approach of 8th 9th and 11th may not be useful since these 2 stages are very crucial. So you need to change your approach a bit.
We are going to get the same result today also; if we are going to think & act with same old yesterdays thought and approach. If we want a different result; think, act and approach differently. How anyone can get different result without doing differently? This applies to every walk in life not only in education. What we focus on is going to grow because that is what we are nourishing. Not only that, on the way it is going to attract similar things only. That is how people with negative mentality become pessimistic day by day. So focus on right and positive approach and have a positive result. Once you are addicted to thinking positively, you never will go back to negative approach again. It is because of the law of nature; like any other thing, the mind stretched once never go back to its earlier position, you will never think again, negatively and narrowly. This change in thought, approach and act, is going to give a new beginning to all of us. Change today; start now. Because as we all know time and tide wait for none. So start early and reach safe.