“Yes, I won”, she said with a smile on her face. She was so elated that she could not conceal the joy that bubbled within her.
It was her third attempt at it; she had tried all possible means to face it squarely, but all to no avail. It was not until a fateful morning when she woke up and changed her mindset, and made a very important decision that she finally had no cause to make any more attempt.
She had heard of people who achieved what majority termed as “unachievable”; she had had a lot of battle within her trying to justify why people considered them as unachievable and she was also made to believe the impossibility of attaining such things. She had fought many of her friends who dissuaded her from reaching forth to achieve these things, and was left with no friend: she became a lonely person.
Her loneliness was not quickly discovered by her as an advantage; a time to have rational thinking and generate ideas that would change her world, and make her of great relevance to the society. She wept on several occasions when she remembered her friends who deserted her because they felt she’s adamant. Once she saw the opportunity in being alone, she leveraged on it and she took a courageous step of having a new mindset, and started to operate with that mindset, moved closer to people with the same mindset of “seeing possibilities in impossibilities”. It was not too long when she made a breakthrough and started to receive invitations both nationally and internationally. Indeed she won- she won her fears and, negative influences and mindset.
I have heard people say “I cannot comman die/ I cannot comman kill myself”: and as I look at their lives and their attitude to work, all I see is a life of hopelessness and a bleaksome future. Only if they knew that such a mindset is that of a mediocre and a failure, maybe they will not allow such mindset to have a dwelling place in them.
The mindset of humans plays an important role in victory or defeat; if you can conceive victory in your mind, you can win; if all you can conceive is defeat in your mind, then you are defeated already. It is a battle of the mind.
Just to conclude, I have heard some students say “Just give me 50 and let me go” and in the same class, there are others who say “anything below 70 is failure”. The difference between these two sets of students is the extra work which the latter does in order to achieve what they want: those in the former category most times fall even below the 50 they so much cherish, and all they can do is resort to pleading for marks. They say, “the lecturers will buffer us to 50 now”, without knowing the harm they are doing themselves. Get this clear from now on: “Free things decrease one’s intelligence and steals one’s relevance”.
Summarily, I say unto you: change your mindset, have a positive attitude to work, shun distractions, and move with men of positive influence. It is A BATTLE OF THE MIND.
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