1. Be Proactive
Take actions to plan, obtain resources, gather information, and carry out plans. Take initiatives to propose an idea, to carry it out, and to see it through. Take responsibilities for the mistakes that occur and be willing to make sacrifices.
Put important things first. Some people recommend doing what’s most urgent first (what’s due earlier), but usually it’s on what counts the most. So for example, if you have a quit that’s worth 5% due in the next day, but a project worth 25% due in three days, the more important task to first is actually the 25%.
3. Figure Out What You Want
Determine what you want, and go for it. Envision the end goal and have each step work towards it. Try not to go all over the place. For example, if your goal is to get a decent job after you graduate, then focus on the things that are most likely to land you that job.
Remind yourself that:
1. This is not the end. You are going to survive. There’s no point in pretending that life is always great. At times we trip and fall, or we make some bad mistakes. Allow yourself to heal, then get up and start again. Take one or two small steps … and know you’re going to survive!
2. Everybody makes mistakes along the way. You’re only a failure if you give up and don’t try. Accept that you are human … and move on with your life.
3. Positive thinking leads to positive results. If you think you can succeed then there’s a good chance that you will. The mind is very powerful – we create what we believe.
4. Success is closer than you think when you are down. Mistakes can be our teachers; they don’t mean all is lost. In fact, you’re one step closer to getting what you want.
5. You are not your mistakes. Don’t fall into the trap of defining who you are by different things you do – or by your failures and mistakes.