So I thought I’d start this off with my favourite quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”
Now, I see this quote everyday in my house and it wasn’t till recently that it began to resonate with me. Previously, I’d prefer to hold onto the uncertainty I had within myself, as it seemed easier to me than taking a stand and being more strong in my convictions. I’d listen to others and their opinions of me, as I thought it was easier than believing in my own ability and potential. I encourage you to consume yourself with thoughts of your goals and the ways you’re going to attain them. Don’t let the passing comments of an unsupportive teacher or fake friend occupy the mind that is going to help you do great things.
Exam results is now a major topic for those who recently sat GCSE, AS and A2 exams. I urge you to please ensure you don’t let grades make you feel like your world is turning upside down because I can assure you, although it may not feel like it, you will be fine, whatever the outcome. Having been there, I know it is definitely a worrying, faint-inducing and pivotal time however, what’s done is done and you can only look to the future.
Our expectations of ourselves, expectations set unto us by others and the thought of what will be thought of us are some reasons as to why exam results bring stress. We expect things from ourselves when all we can do is try our best. However, if you know you could of done more, do better next time! There will always be another opportunity, just make sure you don’t waste it.
If you have received great results, well done! Be happy with the results you have and use the same tenacity you had when trying to achieve these results in the future to get even better results.
If you have received results you’re not so happy about, think carefully about your next steps. No decision is a wrong one as there is a lesson in everything you do however some things can be avoided by just taking some extra time to make your decisions rather than rushing. In whatever you choose to do, use your results to motivate you to do better and continue to strive for the best because you are capable.
During this time, take time to reflect and ask yourself whether you put in as much effort as you could of. I have definitely been in situations where I know I could of put more effort in and as a result, the outcome wasn’t to my liking. For example when I used to pray and ask God for things, I would expect it tomorrow morning by 9am without any effort being put in on my side (silly, I know). I now know, that with everything you want in life, effort needs to be added otherwise what you want to achieve will not be attained.
Remember, situations in life are not there to bring you down and make you sad, they’re there to teach you so that you can come back from it stronger and wiser.
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