A positive attitude by individuals who take CPA exam study seriously is sometimes wrongly dismissed as irrelevant. In fact, thinking positively is a proven technique for success with an endeavor where failure is common, such as athletics. Strenuous training sessions are legion among top athletes. Understanding their dedication is helpful in realizing the mental approach needed by CPA candidates.
Positive thinking keeps you moving forward through a CPA review course. The gradual pace of studying each day eventually results in possessing all the knowledge needed to pass the examination. Visualizing that result is a consequence of positive thinking, which is really just a realization of self-potential.
Positive thinking alone doesn’t cause passing CPA exam scores. But, lack of a positive attitude is certain to impede study for CPA exam success. Striving for an ultimate goal starts with numerous small steps. The impact of a positive attitude is the capturing of confidence to struggle through a study session today because it is part of a larger achievement for the future.
Give positive thinking a try when you feel that the daily toil of CPA exam review is never going to provide you with the knowledge for passing exam scores. A positive approach to a challenge is what Roger Bannister tried in the 1950s. He was convinced that his training would lead to running a mile in under 4 minutes. For many years prior to Bannister’s time, a 4-minute mile was considered unreachable. A few medical professionals even advised that attempting the feat was dangerous.
When Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes, he surpassed a psychological barrier as much as a physical one. Within 46 days of Bannister’s run, John Landy ran an even faster mile. Previously, he had never gotten closer than 1.5 seconds to a 4-minute time. A year later, 16 men had run a mile in less than 4 minutes.
Sudden physical prowess cannot explain these performances. Certainly the runners possessed the needed conditioning. But, success in running a mile faster than 4 minutes required self-assurance. This positive thinking became possible after Bannister’s accomplishment.
Interestingly, at the time of Bannister’s triumph over the 4-minute mile, he was a student in medical school. Imagine the number of times he was tempted to cut short a training session out of futility. But, he realized that every effort was part of a greater long-term objective. Consider the difficulty of training as a runner while remaining committed to studying medicine.
Think of Roger Bannister when you are overwhelmed by online CPA review material and want to shut down your computer so you can go have some fun. Remember Roger Bannister when studying and drilling with practice questions make you exhausted. Wrestling with a busy schedule at a new job while learning everything to pass the CPA exam is possible – many people have accomplished it. Retaining this positive thought will aid you in putting forth the effort to conquer your goal of becoming a CPA.
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