"Whether you think you can or you think you can't - you are right." Henry Ford
Our mind is incredibly powerful and developing habits to support good mental health is important, especially with our young adults, where there are hormonal changes alongside social and academic pressures. The pandemic has highlighted a real need to develop and focus on our mental health and ensuring people take time to reflect on their own wellbeing.
Our thoughts can have a positive or destructive impact and can have a strong impact on our actions. Believing in ourselves, and having faith in our own ability, can often be the tipping point between success and failure. Professional athletes often discuss the impact of their mind on their performance. Their thoughts are reflected in their actions and this can be demonstrated in a positive or negative way in their performance.
An recent example of determination and a positive mindset is Rafal Nadal, winning his 21st Grand Slam championship after being injured for two years and being two sets behind in the final. This demonstrates not only his talent, developed through hours of practise and hard work, but also his tremendous belief in himself and the power of a positive mind that never gives up. This has brought Rafal Nadal a lot of success, and he is currently the holder of more Grand Slams then any other player in tennis history
A positive mindset, combined with motivation and a determination to succeed, can impact on achievement. Students need to work hard and be motivated to be able to gain great results and a positive mindset entering any exam can really help. Our Year 11, 12 and 13 students have just completed exams in preparation for IGCSE and IB. We want our students to be entering their summer exams with the mindset that they can succeed and achieve. This can really change not only how they might come to a solution when faced with a difficult question under exam pressure, but also how they may face any obstacles or challenges .
So a message for our students is work hard, prepare well and believe in yourselves. This way success is never guaranteed but definitely more likely.
Head of IBDP