Ask yourself what you’re actually good at. Maybe there are other
things you are more interested in. Poor performance usually comes from
lack of interest. If your interest lies elsewhere, give it some good,
honest thought and find the answer. You may be the most disciplined
student in the world, but if you’re not interested in the subject and do
not love what you’re doing, your lack of interest will translate into
poor grades at some point. Hence, it is always good to do what you love.
If you’re in a position where what you love isn’t what you’re studying,
then make sure you find some time to do what you love as well. It will
make you dislike your core subjects less. If you like painting, for
example, take study breaks where you paint. When you resume studying,
you’ll be happier.
There is no shame in getting help. You can start with your own
parents, who love you unconditionally, no matter what you may think
sometimes. Find a logical solution by taking advice from them, your
friends or even a counsellor. Communication always helps. Maybe getting
extra help from coaching classes is a good idea.
Once you know what you need to do, remember to keep motivating
yourself. Read motivational books, find what motivates you and then keep
Have an honest mental conversation with yourself. Ask yourself
whether you believe in yourself. If you believe more focus will help
you, then do what it takes. If you honestly think, after careful
consideration, that you will never be good at what you’re doing, then
stop doing it. Your parents and others might hate you for it, but you
will be happier soon. Take for example, Sachin Tendulkar. He bailed on
his studies after failing his exams, and well, let’s just say he did
pretty well regardless.
Before you call yourself “mediocre”, give it an honest shot. Just for
one exam, give it all your heart. Practise, revise and refer. More
often than not, this will make you realise how good you really are. Some
can pass with flying colours without studying, whereas some others have
the potential but just need to work harder to tap it to the full
Don’t beat yourself up. Walt Disney was fired for not being creative
enough, Steve Jobs was rejected by his own company and Michael Jordan
didn’t even make his school basketball team. Your time will come. Don’t
worry. Trust yourself this is actually more important then anything else in the world.