Hello hello! Now that I’m a fully fledged graduate, and about to embark on my Masters course very soon, I’ve been reflecting upon my academic journey whilst at university. Through this reflecting, I’ve realised that my time at university hasn’t been the easiest, but I’ve also realised that many of the obstacles that I was faced with, can also be present in other journey’s, such as work or your general lifestyle. So this post is all about how to overcome any obstacles that may arise during your journey, and how to achieve success.
Firstly, I want to begin by exploring the concept of success. We must ask the question, what is success? Success can be many different things, for instance, my perspective of success may be completely different to yours, and that’s okay, the only thing that matters is that in the end, we can sit back, smile to ourselves, and say that we have indeed, achieved success.
Whilst at university, I was faced with many difficulties along the way, this included balancing my work, my part-time job and my deadlines, being the victim of a physical attack, in which I sustained injuries for over two months, and fitting in. I expect that there were probably many more obstacles that I faced without knowing, but regardless of everything that happened along the way, I still made it to graduation, with an incredible degree and was honoured to be given the position of student orator, in which I addressed the graduation ceremony on behalf of the Class of 2018! Therefore, I believe that I achieved success, and was able to overcome all of the obstacles to be successful, so how did I do it? Well keep on reading.
1 . DETERMINATION
I’ve always been quite a determined person, and have always looked at the end goal, rather than taking things time at a time. I believe that my determination really helped me to overcome obstacles, especially after I was attacked. Although part of me wanted to transfer somewhere else, another huge part of me was determined to not give up, and to show my attacker that their actions may have impacted me physically, but they were not going to stop me from studying at an amazing university. My determination helped me to push through this time during my studies, and has also helped me in other circumstances.
Regardless of what may happen, or what difficulties you may face, always think about your end goal, think about why you’re doing what you’re doing, think about the people you want to make proud, but also think about the people who doubt you, show them that they were wrong to doubt you, show them that you are a lot stronger than they may think, and always remain determined. If things get hard, take each day, or each week as it comes, day after day, you will be one step closer to success, so always keep that in mind!
2 . HEALTH
There’s a reason we talk about health so many times, and this is because a healthy mindset can help you achieve anything that you put your mind too, but it’s also much more than just a healthy mindset.
First of all, ensuring that you have a healthy, balanced diet is key, our nutrition can help our brains, and therefore can help our thinking and our work. If we don’t eat healthily, we can feel sluggish, feel more tired, and less enthusiastic. It’s definitely okay to treat yourself, I still eat pizza, chocolate, crisps, but I do this in moderation, and I don’t feel guilty if I eat something that’s perceived as unhealthy. I’m an avid gym-goer, and therefore sustain a healthy lifestyle, both through nutrition and fitness. If I wake up super tired, I usually get up and do a little workout, usually around 45mins. This helps me to feel refreshed, and definitely clears my mind for the day!
One of the most important things relating to our health is our mental health. It’s a known fact that many students can suffer from mental illnesses during their studies, due to the pressure of exams and achieving good grades, and everything else that comes with studying. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not just students who can suffer, it can be anyone. In this case, it’s important to talk to people. Don’t keep your worries to yourself, seek help and this will help you with both your mental health, and your path to success. You can succeed in helping yourself to become the best version of yourself by talking about what you’re experiencing, and you can also succeed from overcoming this “obstacle” as you may put it, and achieving a great degree, or a promotion at work! Never feel as though you’re the only person suffering, never feel as though you’re different, because I can guarantee that there’s a lot more people than you think, who are experiencing the same thing as you. You can be successful and you will be, step by step.
3 . BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
This one is a little bit more personal to me. I studied at a university where the majority of students came from a privately educated background, however, I myself, didn’t. It can feel super intimidating when you’re sat in a class and you’re the only person who didn’t receive a private education…but then you stop and think to yourself, I’m still here. Regardless of the type of education you had prior to university, you still achieved the grades you needed to study at the institution, you’re still sat there with everyone else, and you deserve to be there! The only difference is, is that you received a different form of education, but that doesn’t matter, because you’re on the path to success, and you can easily succeed, through researching, revising and putting all of your effort into your studies. Forget about other people, and focus upon yourself, and you’ll soon find yourself overcoming any obstacles that get in your way, believing in yourself is key to overcoming obstacles, and once you start to believe, amazing things will happen!
So there you have it! My top three tips on how to overcome obstacles! Good luck to anyone about to embark on their new academic journey, and good luck to everyone else who may be in work, or working towards their dreams! Remember that YOU have the power to overcome obstacles, you’re much stronger and much powerful than you may think. Believe in yourself and you’ll become successful.