Applying to an MBA program involves more than just filling out forms, gathering scores and grades, and writing an application check. It involves being prepared. And a big part of the preparation process is all about being mentally prepared. There is a reason why many people wait until they have worked a few years before they even think about going to MBA school. They are more mature, and they are more focused. Of course, I am not saying that this is the way to go for everyone. You can be fresh out of college and still do well and get into the school of your choice. What I am saying is that you have to be mentally prepared for this undertaking. It is not to be taken lightly. There will be a lot of challenges and demands. For people who aren’t really ready or aren’t sure if the MBA path is for them, even the smallest hurdles would look impossible. To get your mind ready for an MBA program, keep the following tips in mind.
Study your routine
Study your existing routine at work or at school. Do you have the discipline to take a course of action and keep pushing it until it is done? Do you have the focus to select an action and keep at it until you succeed? This is a key trait many successful people, MBAs or not, have. The good news is that you shouldn’t feel sad if you don’t have this trait right now. The good news is that it is learned. You can start today by setting up daily to-do lists and not resting until you finish them. Once you’ve achieved 21 days or so of habitually knocking out your to-do lists, you can then set up larger and larger goals. Once you are able to produce consistent results on a sustainable basis, you have the right mindset to tackle the challenges of MBA school.
Study how you deal with problems
The biggest hurdle many students, MBA program or not, face is that they have a sense of entitlement. Everything, to their mind, must be easy. Life isn’t like that. It’s better to realize this now than realize it the hard way. The key step for you to take is to review how you handle challenges in your daily life. Make it a point not to be overwhelmed or react too emotionally to them. Keep a diary and see how much progress you make handling hurdles in a calm and focused way. Keep track and keep focused on handling them better each time. Once you reach a point where you are always calm and make the best decisions in light of the circumstances, you’re ready to handle the challenges of MBA school.
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