Every year, around this time, I start getting mails and messages from numerous students from various top CAT Coaching institutes about the hopeless status of their CAT preparation / progress/ AIRCAT scores etc. It is tough to respond to such mails individually simply because mindset cannot be changed through strategy/practice related inputs.
The solution to a mind issue lies in a change of the mindset. Let me share a few facts that would certainly make you feel better, brighter and more confident.
First of all, it is normal to feel frustrated/apprehensive/helpless/hopeless with only a few weeks to go for CAT. Barring the most capable and (over?) confident, everyone would be jittery and unsure to varying extents. You wouldn’t be human otherwise. Chances are that even the aspirant who will finally score a 99.99 %ile this year would be nervous right now. For all we know, that could be you. So, smile 🙂 It is alright .. all is well 🙂
Secondly, many of those who feel like this will give up each day. You could either be a part of them, or you could just hang in there and see your relative chances improve even if you do nothing, and just stay positive and go and attempt the CAT! The fact is that you are losing competitors thick and fast, every single day here on. Every single one of the online CAT coaching classes you attend, every workshop you make use of and every mock you attempt, analyze and improve on is one big leap forward, relative to others. You move forward even if you do nothing but not quit.
Thirdly, a race is decided at the finish line – not 1000 meters before, not 100 meters before, and not even 1 meter before the finish line. When you run, you run your best and you run till the end. You judge yourself once you have done this. More than that, you will be among those who get past the finish line – you would be ahead of all those who don’t. Believing that, all your energy should be on trying to finish as strongly as you possibly can.
The choice is simple, and it is yours. Hereon, CAT or any other exam, will be less about strategy and more about mindset.
You can stop here or you can keep running.
You can give up or gain as others give up.
You can say I gave my 90% to it and it probably wasn’t enough, or you can say I will give my 100% to my CAT entrance exam preparation and see what happens.
About the author: Deekshant has sleep-walked through several 100 and 99.9 %iles in practically every section of the CAT. That he is a cricket fan and he writes okay is evident from most of his posts. 1000s of our students swear that he can motivate almost anyone to double his/her percentile through very simple yet powerful inputs. And that’s why every MBAGuru student has direct access to him via mail and Telegram. Oddly, he somehow also finds the time to write songs professionally. And yes … almost missed this … he is an alumnus of IIT Delhi & IIM Cal