Eventually, even the smartest student hits something in college that we like to call the wall. The wall isn’t there to make your life miserable. If anything, the wall you hit is really a reality check. It’s a challenge to you. If you are like many successful graduates, you will not only hit the wall — you will get over it. Overcoming the wall will make you feel like a winner, and everyone likes to feel like winners. It’s completely up to you to develop the life that you want, from start to finish. There’s no reason to think that just because things are tight now in terms of your education that they will stay that way forever.
So, how do we conquer the Wall? Well, we need to see that the Wall isn’t really a physical thing. It’s a mental thing that we create. When you’re in high school, things are easier. Everyone is telling you what to do and when to do it. If you are in danger of failing, they will let you know. They will worry about you. They will make sure that you have just about everything that you need to get things done. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to have a hard time. It means that you’re only going to have a hard time temporarily. You have all of the power and all of the resources at your fingertips to manage your college life.
The biggest reason why college students hit some mental roadblocks is that they aren’t used to asking for help. You need to realize that even the world’s most successful people have their own mastermind group — just a place where they can compare notes so to speak. They can get help from other people on what they’re struggling with. This isn’t a sign of weakness — it’s actually a sign of strength. You have to show your professors that you’re truly serious about the college experience. It’s not enough to just show up to class if you’re not getting anything out of the experience.
Tracking your progress can help you feel better. You may feel that it’s in your best interest to think mostly of the road ahead without writing anything down, but this is a mistake. Again, the world’s most successful people keep journals of what they’re doing. Being able to track your progress makes sure that you stay the course. You can go back and really see how much you’ve grown. If you are truly committed to getting over the mental roadblocks that are likely to hit you in college, then you will make progress.
Don’t measure your progress against other people. That’s a losing game no matter what arena of life that you’re talking about. You don’t have to feel like it’s the end of the world just because you’re dealing with some mental stumbling blocks. It’s better to think about it like this — it’s better to know what you’re struggling with now than when you have to be out in the real world trying to prove yourself on the job. Good luck!