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Published :  Arun Arora | July 5, 2016 | 10:24 AM IST

How should i neutralize fear psychosis of competition?

Examinations are an integral part of a student’s life. Every student moves ahead in life only after clearing many hurdles on the way. The one thing that is common to all exams is fear (which may vary from individual to individual) of not doing well in the exam. This fear is a direct result of the intense competition in the society, which rewards achievers, even as the others lag behind. This fear psychosis increases manifold in examinations that determine careers and professions that the individual is likely to assume. With a lot riding on exams like CAT, XAT, CMAT, NMAT, GMAT and others, the fear of competition and not doing well can play havoc with the mind of an individual.

1. Preparation

The main key to prevent fear from gripping you is prepare well. Irrespective of what your peers may be doing, focusing on your own preparation is the best way to deal with any pressures. Good preparation gives you the best chance of doing well in the exam. Committing yourself to working hard before the exams and covering the syllabus completely, will make you confident of doing well in the exam. This confidence is crucial as it will enable you to shut out all the external factors that can hamper your performance. If you are confident about your preparation, you give yourself the best chance of conquering the fear that accompanies crucial exams.

2. Don’t get intimidated

There is going to be competition in whichever field you choose. Instead of giving undue importance to your competition, channelize your energy on your own work. Your performance can be affected greatly if you get intimidated by the competition. This is because if you worry greatly about your competition, it will distract you from your own performance, lead to insecurity and fear. Competition should trigger the best in you by compelling you to work harder, rather than scare you and trigger negative thoughts in your mind or create doubts about your own abilities in your mind.

3. Healthy Lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as clichéd as it is, is one of the best ways to control the mind and attain better focus. The pressures of doing well, being better than your competitors and achieving your goals in life can be immense and stifling for anyone. Bad lifestyle makes the situation worse than it is. A healthy lifestyle includes healthy eating, appropriate and regular sleep patterns and regular exercise. All this helps you to gain control over your mind and tide over any negative thoughts that may put you down. 

4. Channelize fear

Fear is the one of the first ways in which the mind reacts to a difficult situation. Everyone is afraid to one degree or another. Accepting this is the first step to conquering fear. Fear can only be harmful if you don’t channelize it positively. Deciding what to do because of the fear or how you handle fear whether you conquer it or not. Fear becomes insignificant when you decide to march on irrespective of the hurdles in your path.

Competition will bring out fear psychosis in you but remember, that it is easily manageable and can be channelized to bring out the best in you. Succumbing to it is not the option. Conquering it, is.

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