Do you want to know one of the keys to dramatically increasing you chances of achieving any goal or quickly learning any new skill? Of course you do, who wouldn’t. Well, here it is. One of the keys to succeeding in anything is simply the belief that you can and will succeed. To paraphrase a famous quote by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, either way, you are usually right”. Your chances for success are dramatically increased if you simply believe that you will succeed. This is especially true of learning. One of the best things you can do for yourself as a student is to foster a strong belief in yourself and your ability to learn.
Regardless of how well you may have done in the past, every single person reading this has the ability to achieve more in less time. We are all born with the same number of neurons; it is what you do with your neurons that count. Numerous studies have shown that the majority of a student’s success depends not on their IQ nor technical ability but on effective learning techniques. The techniques and strategies presented on this site (and in my upcoming book – sorry for the shameless plug) will allow you to get the most out of your 100 billion neurons.
“I learn anything easily and effortlessly.”
“I always get better with practice.”
“I love to learn.”
“My brain is powerful and capable of learning anything.”
You can say positive affirmations out loud or silently to yourself. When using affirmations, be present with what you are saying and try to embody the statement. The goal is to feel what you are saying and not just repeat the words mindlessly. I also recommend placing positive affirmations around your work area or study space. I sometimes put affirmations or positive quotes on post-it notes and hang them on my computer monitor as reminders. I believe that the daily exposure to positive messages has a beneficial effect on my attitude towards learning (and towards life).
Other ways that you can develop your belief in yourself and your ability to learn include:
- Visualize your success.
- Keep a success journal.
- Read something inspiring everyday.
- Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get a good night’s sleep.
- Replace self-limiting and negative thoughts with positive ones.
- Reduce your exposure to television and other negative media sources.
- Associate with positive people.
“Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish” – Brad Henry