“Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you.” – Mark Cuban
There are no shortcuts to success in any field, let alone the UPSC civil services. If you are serious about clearing the very demanding IAS exam, you have got to do all it takes to pass the exam in all the three stages. It is no mean feat. Admitted. But, what awaits you at the end of the tunnel is a life of power, privilege and most importantly, the chance of a lifetime to bring about a positive change in the lives of thousands of people in our country. And depending on how far you go, you might even get the opportunity to impact millions of lives with your power. This article presents to you a list of five habits of winners that will get you a seat at the LBSNAA, Mussoorie.
- Winners are optimistic
Optimism is a state of mind that can be cultivated as a habit. The main difference between winners and losers is that losers take losses to heart and never try again. But winners take the sting out of defeat by learning lessons from them. They analyze why they failed, make the necessary course correction and try again. They never give up.
“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” – Dalai Lama
If you had failed in your earlier attempts in the UPSC exam, don’t lose heart. Analyze why you failed and study again with renewed vigour. Success will find you.
- Winners don’t put off things to be done
Delaying or procrastinating is a habit that will beyond doubt take you to failure. Do things that must be done today, now. Time once lost is lost forever. If you want to crack the IAS exam, use this precious resource wisely. Regret is an emotion that can depress you beyond words.
- Winners plan and execute those plans
Another winning habit that winners demonstrate is ‘planning and execution.’ Not only do they plan their actions, they also stick to those plans. Have a time table for your IAS preparation and ensure that you follow it. Having a time table makes your plan concrete and gives it a sense of urgency.
- Winners define their purpose
Winners are crystal clear about their purpose, be it in life or career or anything else. Having a purpose is important as it gives you a sense of achievement when you do fulfill that purpose. You want to be an IAS officer. But what is your ultimate purpose? Answer these questions for your own benefit. Your purpose alone should drive you to victory.
- Winners don’t ignore their health
“No person may enjoy outstanding success without good health.” – Napoleon Hill
The importance of having good health cannot be reiterated enough. Your body and mind are the only tools you really own. Take care of these tools so that you can work for your dreams.
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