So you’ve decided you want to take the GMAT…
Presumably because you want to get your MBA. Now what?
First things first: Studying for the GMAT here in Buenos Aires is your mission/goal/deadline for the next 6-12 weeks.
This is the most important step you must first take if your goal is to dominate the GMAT and pretty much make it your bitch. Mindset leads to willpower.
The way to approach the GMAT test is no different than how you want to approach any goal you wish to attain. If you want it, you’re going to have to earn it.
Now does this mean you need to slave away for hours to reach the score you desire? Of course not!
I tried that way– and not only was it extremely time consuming, but it was also extremely inefficient. In future blog posts, I will be writing about the strategies I’ve developed that will cut hours off your studying time and will help maximize your efficiency on the test.
3 Points You Should Take Away from this post…
1. Perspective: You are not studying for the GMAT. You are training for it.
Training for the GMAT is no different than how one would go about training for any competition.
You have now become an athlete, a mental athlete. Preparing for the GMAT is your Olympics.
Tenés dudas? Have doubts?
Think of GMAT as a Marathon, not a sprint. Not many people are born with the fast-twitch muscles that help sprinters like Usain Bolt run the 100 meters in under 9.8 seconds. MANY people can train, build up their endurance and run a marathon. You must simply push yourself a little more everyday and before you know it, you are funning for over 3 hours — AKA dominating the GMAT.
2. Create Urgency: Sign up to take the Test. NOW.
Urgency is your best friend. Urgency will create the motivation you need to prepare for the GMAT. Signing up for the test will cost you around $250 US. What better way to motivate yourself than with money coming out of your pocket? This pressure will keep the GMAT at the forefront of your mind and efforts.
Finally, the most important point:
3. You are going to WIN. Failure is not an option.
Yes, you are going to win. That’s it. NO matter what, you will reach your target score. This needs to be your mindset. If you have a hard time convincing yourself of this, well let’s take a look at the alternative. Ask yourself this question: What is the worst thing that can happen to you? Well, obviously the absolute WORST thing that can happen would be: That you f$%king die! Yup, you DIE!
Ok, seriously the worst thing that can happen is that you don’t get the score you are looking for. You know what, that’s not the end of your MBA journey. Why? Well, with the GMAT, you can take the test as many times as you need to, and now, you can even cancel your score without MBA programs even knowing about it.
It boils down to this: Don’t quit and you will always succeed. (Or die trying, which is fine, because you died trying to accomplish your goals, and that, to me at least, is something you can be proud of.)
Note: please don’t die while studying for the GMAT. That would suck balls.