Susan gazed at her result with utmost satisfaction and happiness. She could only imagine the joy on the face of her parents by the time they see her result for that year.
Looking back at the year before, Susan received her result with the greatest shock of her life as she read the phrase “advised to repeat”. Immediately, she was covered with hot sweat and a feeling of dizziness within her. And before she could pull herself together, she fainted. On the bare floor where Susan lied, her classmates gathered, trying to resuscitate her. They succeeded with the help of a teacher who happened to pass by their classroom and heard the noise.
When Susan came around, she was angry and bitter at the same time. Without thinking, she ran out of the classroom and started shouting and rolling on the floor, making a mess of herself. She cried and cried, shouted and shouted until she attracted the attention of almost everyone that was still around in the school at that time. The teachers tried to get her to comport herself but it was all to no avail.
Susan was so embittered about her result. She tried to correct her failure in a wrong way. Her approach only brought her more shame and embarrassments. There were other things she could have possibly done that would not have resulted in the show of shame she put up.
Now, how can one properly handle academic failure?
1. Talk to God about it
Nobody can possibly understand you like God would. So, the very first thing to do is to talk to someone who understands you better than you can understand yourself. He would help you and guide you towards the right path and steps you should take.
2. Talk to someone about it
You can’t get help if you keep things to yourself. You should talk to someone trustworthy about it. A trustworthy person is one who would not condemn or blame you. The person might be your parent, teacher, friend, sibling, school counselor, a mentor and anyone you can trust. The essence of this is that they would be able to rub minds with you and you would be in safe hands. Holding on to failure is not good for your emotions. There are people who had gone to the extent of committing suicide because of their failures. If they had shared this burden with someone they trust, they won’t possibly have thought of taking their own life.
3. Be ready to try new methods of comprehending and assimilating your school work
Failure signifies that something had gone wrong somewhere. It might have been your method of reading or the way you pay attention in class.
When it comes to academics, you should know that what works for your friend might possibly not work for you.
Majority of people get confused here. You might have a friend that plays a lot with you throughout the day and you hardly find her/him reading except during class and if you have been emulating that friend, you are wrong. Your friend might be reading when you are sleeping at night or has a photographic brain meanwhile, in your own case you will need to put extra efforts to pass as your friend does. Check the ways you have been studying and try new ones. You will know soon enough what works for you.
4. Set a target for yourself before the commencement of another year
What you desire is what you would attract. Setting a goal gives you fresh energy as you struggle through the year. Desire a specific target for yourself before the beginning of another year. It will give you a drive through the year.
5. Move with people that can help you
Friends have a way of influencing the result you would achieve, not only academically but through life. Choose your circle of friends wisely. Move with people whose result attracts you because one way or the other your result would be a reflection of theirs.
6. Set a reward for yourself
Rewards do not have to come from someone because you can reward yourself. You can propose to always reward yourself with a game you love or some other things you love to do after each day’s hard work.
7. Consistency and hardwork
Above all things, consistency and hard work is the key idea. What you do consistently becomes a part of you. You might decide to do all these things but not being committed and regular about it makes it of no effect.
Failure is not the end of the world, rather it is the beginning of a fresh journey towards success. If you fail to learn from failure, you might as well not learn to be successful. Believe in yourself and know that you can still attain success.
Have you failed before? How did you manage it? Kindly share in the comments below.
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