How to be motivated to succeed in the exams?
An interesting thing in any competitive exam preparation process is that all aspirants know what to do to succeed in the exam, which are hard work and practice. But most of them will not do these things. Only a few does and most of these few get selected this year or next year.
It is simple yet complicated: you know what to do but somehow you avoid doing these things. You have read toppers’ interviews; various strategies written by toppers; have attended workshops conducted by coaching institutions; yet, you might be not be doing what it takes to become an IAS/IPS/IFS officer or Group -1/Group -2 officer
You are perfectly aware that practicing questions helps in the exams, but keep on postponing it. You tell yourself that first you will acquire knowledge and then attempt these questions. That day will either come very late or will never come only.
There can be only two reasons:
- You might be delaying because of fear of failure, lack of confidence or because of lack of motivation. Or
- You might be postponing because you want to achieve perfection in understanding concepts or in acquiring materials.
But, whatever the case, every time you postpone something that can be done today; you are harming your chances of success. Because there is someone out there not postponing things and he/she is bettering her chances at succeeding in this exam.
When you feel like postponing a task, you push yourself to do an easier task avoiding a difficult one. This tendency, if continued, will kill your new year resolutions – “I must get top rank at any cost in 2017 attempt!”; “God, let 2017 be my best and last attempt!”; “I am tired with this exam, but I will give my best attempt this year at any cost. No more UPSC , APPSC OR TSPSC”
It is very easy to postpone a task by self-justifications. Whenever you feel like postponing a task, ask yourself following questions: Can I complete this task today? why am I feeling like postponing it? Is the reason I am giving myself logical and valid? Will I really utilize today’s time to the best possible way if I postpone this task?
When you constantly postpone doing something, over time they accumulate and act as big burden on you.
Did you notice? Today it’s 31st December. We are entering into a new year. Days are moving fast.
Fortunately, time is with you. If you have pending tasks, for now ignore them and focus on what’s coming next.
You know that you want to achieve your dream in this attempt itself. You also clearly know what to do to achieve your dream.
Is there any excuse why you are not doing what it takes to clear this exam? What is needed is strong will, good study environment and proper guidance. Latter two are easily available, but strong will? It should come from within.
It will come when you realize that it’s after all a competition – if you run slow, someone will run fast and stand on the podium gleefully posing for photographs.
As said earlier, time is still with you. Don’t panic. From today do what needs to be done today. There is no point in postponing. All you gain extra by postponing is more mental pressure, sleepless nights and panic attacks.
Take rest on Sundays, and for the rest of the week work as hard as possible. Try to enjoy your work. Try to be happy while preparing for this exam. Relax now and then. Talk with friends and family. Try to keep everyone happy too.
These exams help you shape your personality for the better. It tests your character. It makes you humble. It makes you patient. Every up and down you face are for your good only. If you fall, you must get up as fast as possible and get moving (or running).
This new year, make a resolution to not to break resolutions you have already made. Do justice to your ambitions, to your parents’ dreams, to their hard work. And finally, to your own conscience.
After all, it’s you who have chosen this path. When you try your best and lose, at least you will have the satisfaction that you didn’t cheat anyone including your conscience.
But you will not lose. You know you can clear this exam. If not, you would have never made a decision to prepare for this exam.
Go for it.