I’m a little late in posting this week, but after missing last week, I couldn’t miss another opportunity to celebrate. I am so thankful to Ruth Ayres for hosting this weekly celebration at ruthayreswrites.com!
My celebration this week focuses on the completion of my stats class. Last Sunday, I turned in my final project and Monday evening I embarked on the final exam, which I finally finished after a marathon six hours in front of my laptop on Saturday. While I’m celebrating completing this last requirement for the semester, I’m also celebrating the change that I experienced over the course of the past fourteen weeks. You see, I have always struggled with anything math-related and over time, that became a mantra that I allowed myself to use. I gave myself permission not to do well and it has taken me a long time to realize that I was hiding behind that excuse. It was so easy to tell myself that math was just not my thing and to let myself off the hook.
This semester taught me a lot about tenacity and not giving up, even when faced with something so far out of my comfort zone that I’d need a GPS to find it again. The past fourteen weeks have been intense, but instead of giving up or telling myself that math’s just not my thing, I made a conscious decision to change my mindset. I wanted to give this class everything I had and this meant that I could not going to make excuses or rely on previous weaknesses. I had to practice what I preach to my students about effort and mindset.
So I spent hours reviewing notes, listening to the lectures that I recorded with my Smartpen, watching YouTube videos on the different statistical methods presented throughout the semester, and running analyses of data. Hours were devoted to homework assignments and a final project. When I was tempted to give up, I fought back. When things didn’t make sense, I worked hard. I asked questions. When I felt discouraged, I dug my heels in and kept going. My family gave me pep talks and slowly, but surely, things began to make sense.
So today I celebrate the expansion of my comfort zone. I celebrate doing my best even when the going got tough. While I may not make an A in the class, I know that I gave it everything I had (although I do need that B in order to get credit!). I didn’t give up. I didn’t make excuses. I completed this semester with more than just an increased knowledge of statistical techniques. I realized that I can succeed…it just requires a lot of effort and a whole different mindset.
Now, I’m off to curl up with a book and enjoy this amazing feeling of accomplishment!