Today EssaySnark is going to let you in on a little life secret.
This can truly change things for you on a daily basis and on to forevermore.
This trick is especially relevant and helpful for those of you currently studying for the GMAT. (If you’ll recall from our post awhile ago, if you have yet to take the GMAT, then NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT!)
Here’s the secret:
When you work towards a goal, and you build up the momentum of actively trying to accomplish it … and then one day comes along that you ACTUALLY DO accomplish it … do NOT treat that as “Goal Finished!”
In other words, don’t put on your flight suit and go out on the deck of the aircraft carrier with a “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner displayed. Not just yet.
Instead, recognize that yes, you’ve got one major milestone behind you, but the PROJECT IS STILL IN PROGRESS.
This is crucially important – not just for getting all the pieces in line for your MBA application, but for any long-term complexicated project that you may undertake in life.
When you study study study and then you NAIL the GMAT test, woo-hoo congratulations!! That’s definitely worth a beer in celebration.
However, don’t then unplug yourself from the diligence of “MBA Prep Mode.”
What you want to do is cascade that positive energy and massive momentum of DAILY WORK HABIT that you’ve built up in the GMAT study zone, into the next step of the process.
If you consider your GMAT test success as “Done!” then what you’re doing is setting yourself up for a much more difficult experience: You are mentally closing the door on the project and wiping your hands of it. And if you take a vacation from that – either mentally, or temporally by letting all MBA application tasks wallow untended for a matter of weeks thereafter, well, it’s gonna be a lot harder to pick up the pieces again.
You’ll essentially be starting all over.
Everyone knows that an object in motion stays in motion.
Once you drop the ball on MBA application work, then you have to a) find the ball (where did that durn then roll off to anyway? is it behind the couch??), and b) decide to pick up the ball again (probably the hardest part!), and then c) actually bend your ass over and heave the thing up off the ground – yet it will seem as if it’s weighed of concrete now, since you won’t have picked it up in so long and the muscles you use to do so will go flabby.
Yes, in just a few weeks.
Whenever you reach a peak in accomplishment, in any context of life, you should take a moment or two to be super proud of yourself – nay, even a little gloating and self-satisfaction (internally expressed) may be in order. But then without hesitation, you should pivot into the Next Big Thing, and start to tackle that.
If you don’t, you’ll be forever cursing yourself with Starting Overs, and Beginning Agains, and oh gawd I don’t wanna deal with its. If your attitude is always, ONWARD!!! well then, it’s so much easier to continually make progress. Leaps and bounds, even.
The hardest part of going to the gym is just putting your shoes on. Once your shoes are on, you’re going.
Putting the shoes on is a decision. For all changes, big or small, in life, it’s making that decision that matters.
Once you do that, everything is possible.
Go forth and conquer, Brave Supplicant! To bschool and beyond!