My parents wouldn’t allow me to get my driver’s license until I achieved a 3.0 GPA in high school. With a 3.0, or “B” average, came a discount on insurance.
With that 3.0 as my goal I’d sit down with my schedule of classes before each semester and figure the best-case and worst-case scenario for my grades.
Four semesters came and went; I didn’t get my drivers license. I fell just short each time and graduated from high school with a mediocre 2.72 GPA.
Fast-forward after six years of military service; my mindset was changed. I enrolled in college with excitement and enthusiasm for school. And an EXPECTATION of achieving A’s in every class.
In two years at a community college I completed 3 years worth of courses – 33 As and 1 B. That landed me admission to one of the top-25 universities in America. There I had similar success, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
I learned the power of expectation. We rarely exceed what we expect from ourselves, often falling just short of what we do expect – hey, nobody bats 1.000 or hits every shot.
But by changing my mindset I was able to transform from a “not good enough to attend any 4-year school” student to graduating with the top GPA at the nation’s #2 rated communication school.
Expect more from yourself, because you can.