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September 19, 2022

4 Tips to Create a Positive Mindset for Learning

When we look on the bright side, our goals seem more reachable

Each challenge is an opportunity to grow.

Attitude is everything! It directs so much of how you feel and what you do. For example, do you notice your productivity tanking when you are in a bad mood? Or, do you have a hard time learning when you are stressed? Most, if not all, students have felt this way at some point during their academic journey.

Try these four tips to turn your attitude around when you are struggling. Your positivity will grow and so will your ability to learn.

1. Say “I get to,” not “I have to”

If you find yourself thinking about all of the things you “have to do” for a difficult class, try adjusting your mindset! Instead think, “I get to study this interesting topic” or “This course is going to help me learn useful skills.” Remembering that education is a special opportunity and a gift can help improve your attitude.

2. Write your “why,” and keep it visible

Write down one or more reasons why you want or need a degree.

Each student’s educational journey is not without stumbling blocks. When school gets challenging, you may start to have a negative attitude and question your decision to gain an education. To avoid these feelings, take a moment and reflect on why you chose to pursue education in the first place.

Write down this reason, and review it often. By reviewing your “why,” you will be able to stay motivated and optimistic even when life gets difficult.

3. Recognize your strengths

It is much easier to be critical of yourself rather than forgiving. Being a student is hard work! Anytime you are learning something new, you are bound to fail a few times. That’s okay! Remember, you learn through failure.

God has blessed you with many talents and strengths. Strive to learn from your mistakes and improve on the talents He has given you. With His help, you will be able to learn difficult concepts and be successful.

4. Choose joy

We were created to have joy!

President Russell M. Nelson taught, “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”1 Choosing to focus on things that have eternal significance — like Jesus Christ, the plan of salvation, the gospel, and your family — will bring lasting joy.

The scriptures tell us often to “be of good cheer,” and “rejoice!” Remember the Lord said, “Men are that they might have joy.”2 The purpose of your life is to find the joy the Lord promises. So, trust that the Lord will bless you to overcome your trials and achieve success.

How do you keep a positive mindset? Comment below!


Contributions by Cate Williamson

1.^Russell M. Nelson, “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016
2.^2 Nephi 2:25

Comments on "4 Tips to Create a Positive Mindset for Learning"

The message has got a great lesson which I am desperately in need of.

Antonio Garcia Urzo says:

This is very helpful to me, I needed this advice.

Ortil Msugh says:

Pray, study scriptures, exercise. This is inspiring, reminds me of the daily must do activities.

Misheck Manyenda Manda says:

To have a positive mindset, I have learned to accept failure and to forgive myself for the failure. I have to learn to learn from my mistakes and be persistent in my righteous goals. I have to keep a positive attitude towards education, spiritual and secular to improve the quality of my life and the lives of my family members. I have to know the WHY of persueing education so I can be a better disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Michael Mulcady says:

We could all do that as well.

nthati motjoli says:

Inspiring words indeed! I believe everyone is talented in a different way.

joseph Ngolo Panya says:

Thank you

obemi98 says:

Thanks am blessed

Tooa Arriana Taimalelagi says:

Yes that is so true. Thanks for sharing that, couldnt agree more!!

Regina says:

I learned that focusing on having a positive mindset helps me in my journey to purse my education. Thank you for these wonderful tips.

JNawai says:

Ponder yourself with the word of God and allow the Holy Ghost to intervene on your behalf. To create a positive mindset, one must allow oneself to accept failure. Understand the situation on hand and prove yourself to become better than the mistake.

Okorie Mary Amarachi says:

I learn that failure is part of learning. Whenever it comes my way I should never give up. I should be optimistic and trust in God!

I learned that develop positive mindset and chose to have joy with my family and education during hard time is a blessing from our Heavenly Father.

Abara Etoton Kanu says:

I learned that I should develop a positive mind set towards learning, have faith and trust that God can help me through my difficulties in studies.

Living and staying healthy is my top strategy to keep a positive mindset, and how to definite Living and stay healthy is the critical point.
So, now I’ll take myself as an example. I wake up every morning at a quarter to five, pray before I get out of bed, study scriptures, eat breakfast, do weight training and boxing, shower, and start working. I do this daily; it makes me feel full of energy, strength, and Joice, and even always under the protection of Heavenly Father in all things, at all times. And before I go to bed, I pray.
It’s evident to find there are three essential things in my daily life for me to keep a positive mindset, pray, study scripture, and exercise.
I’m incredibly grateful to God for following his guidance that led me through all afflictions in my life, even accepting myself to be a happy widow.

Lorrie Hibbard says:

Wow what an incredible example you are setting! Thank you and may God continue to bless you in your journey.

Tooa Arriana Taimalelagi says:

Wow, this is so helpful for my educational life! Thanks so much!

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