7. They are always aiming higher. They never get satisfied with their current performance. They know that there’s no limit to success and that they can always get better.
Yes! Every successful student is a great dreamer. They have the ability to envision greater heights as they climb the ladder of academic success. They never get satisfied with any height of achievement (Yours sincerely is a good example of them). They’re academic ‘Oliver Twists’. Anytime you get satisfied with a particular academic height or achievement, you stop improving and start diminishing. If you must soar academically, then you must never come to a point where you think you’ve arrived, else it will become your final altitude, and instead ‘diminishing returns’ will set in. At this point, you enter your ‘comfort zone’ and surrender to reluctance and negligence (of those habits that brought you to your current height). Once you begin to nurture the feeling that you’ve arrived or gotten it all in your grades, be watchful lest you fall from that height. No academic height is final! No matter your current academic status, you can always improve or dwindle.
Let me shock you with this: if you become the best student in your class, I call you a local champion. Know why? Some students are the best in their departments, others in their faculties and yet others are the best in the entire school. You can also become the best in your country or even the world at large, if you can dare! You can always rise or fall academically depending on your attitude to your studies. And like they say, your attitude determines your altitude!
You need to know that your thoughts are so powerful and they determine your height in life. Successful students are those with this kind of mindset. They simply want to get better and better no matter what. The higher you go, the more you discover that there are no limits upstairs! You’re the only one who can limit yourself from attaining any academic height. Any height is possible.
Let me share with you the recipe about aim just before I drop the pen: In life, people usually tend to get a little below their aim. A student who has been working so hard to graduate with first class might just fall a bit below 4.5 CGPA. An athlete who wants to break an olympic record might just finish 3 or 4 seconds away from breaking that record. I dare to ask you: the last time you set a target for yourself, were you able to meet the target? What I’ve discovered about life is that we don’t get exactly what we aim at, we usually get a bit below it. For this, I advise my students and clients to always aim higher than their target. And that is the recipe: AIM HIGHER THAN YOU WANT TO GET AT! If you want 75%, then aim at 90%. I often say to students: aim at the sun, so that even if you don’t get at the sun, you will fall at the moon or the stars, this way you will still be far away from the sky and won’t struggle with ‘mediocre birds’. It’s a sure wisdom you need to cultivate if you want to become the best ever.
Start working on yourself now so that you don’t become stagnant at that level. Stagnation is the mother of frustration! It’s time to start dreaming big and bigger for real academic success. Again I tell you: you are the only one who can limit your academic greatness. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. If you can think it, you can have it! Start now…
Yours truly motivational,
The Academic Coach.