In my earlier school years and college years I never really knew how to learn. I always put information into my short-term memory just so that I could pass my tests or complete my homework properly, but I never fully took the time to understand and process that information to where it’s applicable in life. This way of learning may have gotten me through high school, but it wasn’t working out so well in college. At the time I felt like a failure, like I wasn’t smart enough or that I didn’t have it in me when I encountered a topic that was just too difficult. As a reaction to this difficulty, I would give up by dropping the class or, in some cases, by just not caring anymore and failing the course (I really don’t know where my head was sometimes when I look back). Not only did I waste my time and money immensely, but I brought down my overall GPA, which took me a long time to bring back up.
After taking a year off from school to regroup, I went back to try again. This time I took the time to actually learn and apply the information I was taking in. I still had some difficult times with certain subjects, but I didn’t give up. I had wasted too much time and money before and I just wouldn’t allow myself to drop any classes. What I found was that through perseverance and seeking extra help from my professors, I ended up not only passing, but actually doing well. My grades were great and I raised my GPA enough to almost make honors (so close!) by the time I graduated.
The reason I’m going through all of this with you is because learning to persevere was an extremely valuable lesson for me. I not only realized that I’m smart, but that I can get through anything if I keep moving forward.
I recently lost sight of this this past year. I was going through a hard time in my personal life that affected me in my professional life. I stopped trying, I stopped believing in myself, and I even lost sight of my goals and passions. I was, and still am in some ways, lost. I now realize the answer has been under my nose this whole time. I need to persevere. I need to work through everything that’s holding me back and push through without giving up until I find success.
Is anyone else experiencing something similar to my situation where you lost sight of maybe who you are or what you want in life? Don’t stop believing in yourself or trying to find your true happiness. Persevere with me and let’s experience greatness together. After all, it’s a new year.