The other day, my class was preparing for a big math test. I reviewed the material with them until I was blue in the face. I felt confident that I had done my part, but I had to leave the rest up to them.
They were a little uneasy about the exam because it was a big chapter test. A lot of their grades depended on whether or not they passed.
To help ease their nervousness, I told them to remember two things: take your time and double check your work.
I said these things over and over to engrain the tips in their young minds. By the end of the class period, all I had to do was hold up two fingers, and they knew what I was referring to. (It’s kind of scary to think about the power of persuasion now that I write that!)
Obviously, these tips apply to multiplying fractions, but I also think they can apply to our lives as dreamers as well.
Take your time
When you’re dreaming big, you want to hurry up and hit the goal and make your mark. But, beauty can be found in the moments when you work.
Don’t try and rush through those moments when you are building your brand, platform, or identity. It’s during those times when you become amazing and awesome. It’s during those times that you become an unstoppable force. You get your swagger, so take your time and do it right.
As Earnest Hemingway said:
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
The most rewarding part of your dream will be the journey itself. (Feel free to tweet that.)
Don’t rush it along.
Double check your work
My students miss out on valuable points on their tests for one simple reason. They don’t check their work. And when they don’t check their work, they get questions wrong that they know how to do.
You don’t want to make any silly mistakes when you’re dreaming.
Don’t take out a million dollar loan to fund your book. Don’t quit your job when you have absolutely no backup plan whatsoever. Stupid mistakes will kill your dream every time.
Get someone to listen to your next big idea before you act on it. If they have some hesitation about it, then you might want to double-check it. By double checking (in this scenario, getting advice or counsel from someone), you avoid making costly errors.
I hope you find that by implementing these two tips in your life that you become more successful in a quicker amount of time than you had hoped.
As far as my previous example, they helped my students to slow down and be cognizant of the problems they were solving, and I believe they can help you with your dream, too.
Do you take your time and double check your work? What has helped you the most with your dream?
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