Man, is it just me, or did April come really fast this year? The big tournaments of the season are in sight!
For quizzers, this can be a stressful part of the year, because we're trying to be as prepared as possible. But it doesn't have to be stressful (because that never helped anyone :P).
So what we're going to be talking about today, is how we can go about our final preparation, in a practical, simple, stress-free way! Its gonna be awesome.
(Also: I know you're probably surprised that I'm posting for the first time since the beginning of last month. And I'm not going to go all into that, because I feel like these inconsistency apologies are starting to sound empty, even though they're not. All I can say is that I'm still learning - and not just about blogging or quizzing, but about life in general, and I think that's okay. So... Enjoy the post, I guess! :P)
The beginning of this final preparation, is a great time to review your what & why - You're goals, and reasons for those goals.
As you do the work that your aspirations require, you'll need to look back on these two things, in order to keep giving it your best!
In addition, if you're unmotivated, there's a good chance that you just don't know where to start. You don't know how you can "get there from here" - And that is all too common! But the good news is, is that you don't have to struggle with that. There is too much going on in life, for us to waste our time with a problem that can be fixed :P. Right?
So how do we fix it?
You're gonna need to go back to your goals. Make sure that they are specific. Next, decide when you need to have them accomplished, and how much you need to do per day or per week. When you break them down like this, it makes it less intimidating, and you'll go into it with an attitude of "Yeah, I can do this" because it's not too big!
Remember to not underestimate yourself!
Guys, everyone deals with this at one time or another, and that's okay. But if you want to succeed - no - if you want to reach your full potential, then you're gonna need to remove the limits. I've said it before, and I'll say it again (because I'm saying it as much to me as I am to you :P): Your only limits, are the ones you give yourself.
Yes, it will probably be hard. Yes, you'll want to quit, likely several times. Yes, it may require you to make sacrifices here and there. But - Yes, it will totally be worth it, when you get to reap all of the benefits from your hard work.
And these benefits, aren't just being able to lead your team to 1st place, or get 1st place individual (even though, I admit, that's a ton of fun! :P). The benefits that we reap from spending time in the Word, learning or memorizing it, and being around quality people who love God, those benefits are literally eternal.
We won't take much from this life on earth - But those are a few things that we will.
So don't put limits on yourself - it won't be easy, but it will be worth it!
And also, these limits usually come from not believing that we will be able to succeed. Yes, time does play a part, and if you've procrastinated some this season (*raises hand*), then you might have a harder time getting where you want to go. But that doesn't mean that it's not possible.
If you're there right now, this is what I want to say to you: DO NOT GIVE UP! Guys, next season is my last season, so I'm becoming increasingly aware of each opportunity I have, that I can make the best of. How I can live to the fullest, in the season that I'm in right now, in each area of my life. Have I accomplished this fully? Not a chance. But I think I'm heading in the right direction :P.
Do not give up.
If you do, you'll never know what could have happened, if you went ahead and gave it your all, right here, this season, today. What's the worst thing that could happen? You don't get first place? So what? (LOL by the way, a couple of years ago, I could not have said that :P Thank God for perspective!)
Even if worst comes to worst, and you don't meet your goals, you're still going to have a lot of experience under your belt in studying, and in jumping (because we all jump better when we've studied :P).
Execute, execute, execute, and track & congratulate yourself on your progress!
By far, the hardest part of any kind of goal or project, is actually doing the hard work. But at the same time, it's the most important part too.
At this point in the season, if we want to succeed and reach our goals, then we can't waste any more time.
Stop trying to FIND time, and start MAKING time.
Stop trying to FIND motivation, and start MAKING your own.
Getting going is the hardest part, believe me. You have to fight for momentum, to get moving forward. But guess what? Once you get started, your momentum will start working for itself. Once you start studying at the pace you need to, in order to reach your ultimate goals, it will just become easier and easier. It won't be easy, but it will get easier.
Part of this momentum is created as you track, and congratulate yourself on the progress you're making! This is literally so much friggen fun LOL. I have a poster in my room right now, that has three sections: Learn, Memorize, and According To's. Under each title, I have a checkbox for each chapter in 1-2 Corinthians.
As I color in these boxes, I have a visual representation of how far I'm going in my studying! I've been doing stuff like this for a while, but I don't think it really ever gets old :P. Satisfaction, with your work, is so rewarding.
So don't deprive yourself of it. Figure out a way to track, and celebrate your progress!
Alright guys, well that is all I have for you today. But don't worry, you can look forward to Vlog #17 coming out at 1:00PM (MTZ) this Saturday! :P
Until next time, wonderful people, keep quizzing and living victoriously!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
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Mallory is a sixth-year Teen Bible Quizzer originally from the Southern region, and now in the Northwest, quizzing over the book of John with her three younger siblings. <3
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