I can’t help but notice a lot of the negative talk and statements floating around the internet about the bar exam and people’s fear of failure.
I have one response to all these statements.
Accept no Excuses for Bar Exam Failure.
Yes, the bar exam is hard and stressful. Yes, you may be experiencing fear and anxiety about passing.
But guess what?
You have put in waaay to much effort to get here. You have three or more years of law school under your belt. You have put in several weeks to months of hard work and study.
You have given too much effort to be stopped by fleeting fears and thoughts.
This is no time to start slowing down or giving up.
This is the period to keep moving forward, slowly but surely. Calm and steady.
You have put in waaaay too much effort to let anything keep you back. Make it a firm committment that you are going to give this exam your all.
You are going to do the best you can.
You are going to committ to excellence.
Yes, you will have setbacks. Yes, you won’t pass certain portions of the exam. Yes, the scoring is built in such a way that you probably won’t get more than 70% on your MBE or practice tests.
But, these are just incomplete passes in a long game. These are just missed jump shots in a basketball series. Don’t let the loss of these smaller battles, keep you from losing sight of winning the war.
Go give this bad boy you’re (<– see, I have typos too, and I’m a lawyer! I caught this typo in a later edit and let it remain so you know we are all human and make mistakes!) all. You’re in the home stretch.
Believe it or not, most of your work is already done! Your victory really is in the preparation, practice, and being mentally ready, especially on test day. Don’t let something like nerves keep you from accomplishing your goal.
The mental game is an important component to your bar exam. It’s the same in the olympics and all professional sports. And you’re a professional as well – a professional attorney.
Keep your nerves calm and don’t allow fleeting thoughts or fears that arise in the moment to prevent you from getting to where you want to go. Most of your fears are fake figments of the imagination anyway!
As Mark Twain stated:
I’ve seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true. – Mark Twain
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. – Mark Twain
Another great Fear quote:
FEAR is an acronym in the English language for “False Evidence Appearing Real – Neale Donald Walsch
Fear is largely just a thought, nothing more. It is imagined in the mind. Only when the fear is focused on and repeated can it become a reality.
The next time you’re thinking of a fearful thought, tell yourself to cut it out. Think of something positive instead.
You are worth it.
So, get out there and give it your best shot. Take no prisoners. Don’t hold back.
Focus on your role as a bar exam passer.
I know the mind game is not that simple and easy. After all, we are never really trained on how to handle our own mind – the most potent force that determines whether we get what we want out of life.
If you want some assistance, check out this free relaxation mp3. If you like that, then definitely get the Bar Exam Mental Edge program which uses hypnosis, visualization, desensitization, and anchoring techniques to empower your mind to be all that it can be during the bar exam. It will help you deal with fear, stress, and anxiety during your bar exam preparation and test days.
These are the same techniques used by olympians, athletes, and Oprah to help create their success. Did you know Russia takes a team of hypnotherapists to the Olympics? Matt Damon used hypnosis to stop his smoking habits after one session. You can use it to stop worry, increase confidence, and help you pass your bar exam.
Get the Bar Exam Mental Edge.
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