Working out how to balance the HSC and life can be REALLY HARD.
Often, succeeding in the HSC has more to do with what you don’t do than what you actually do.
What this means is that the sacrifices you make are the key to excelling.
However, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up doing what you love!
In this video and article, I’ll provide three tips for how you can find the perfect balance between life and the HSC in Year 12.
Tip #1: The ‘No Study, No Soccer’ Rule
When I was in Year 12, my parents had a conversation with me.
I wanted to play professional soccer. My goal was to travel overseas, become famous and make lots of money.
Obviously, this hasn’t happened. However, when I was in year 12, I was training so hard and spending all of my time on football.
My parents could see that I wasn’t able to balance my HSC and other life effectively.
They sat me down and they said: “You know what, Rowan? You need a plan B.”
As a result, they implemented a really simple yet super important rule:
No study, no soccer.
Look, I’m not going to lie, I HATED this rule. As soon as I heard it, I thought HELL NO.
It was basically telling me that I wasn’t going to be able to do the thing that I loved most in the world: kicking a ball around and pursuing my professional dreams.
On top of this, this was all going to be because I had to study.
But then something happened….
Tip #2: Make it Habit
For the first couple of months, I hated the “no study no soccer“ rule
I hated it, but guess what… I STILL STUDIED.
Because I really wanted to go and play soccer, I would make sure that I had all of my work done. Work that I might not even have completed if nothing was at stake!
Then over time, do you know what happened? I forgot that I was studying so that I could play soccer.
It just became a habit, a habit that I rolled into, and I got my study done without any pain at all!
I was able to balance my HSC and life perfectly without even realising it!
Because I was willing to put what I loved on the line for the HSC, it meant that I got SO MUCH MORE DONE.
The thing is, I didn’t even have to give it up. I just had to be WILLING. I continued to play soccer throughout Year 12, but I had to earn it.
Tip #3: Fear of Sacrifice Leads to Motivation
So, what I want you to think about is what are you willing to give up during Year 12?
In the case of soccer, I was able to use it as a powerful motivation to study and to get work done so I could go and have fun.
You NEED to put the HSC first in your priorities. Because let’s be honest, it’s probably a part of your life that you have the least fun doing.
If it’s not your first priority, you can’t use the threat of losing your play-time/passion as motivation to balance your HSC and life.
So now I want to ask you:
What’s going to be your no study, no _______?
It could be giving up your phone, going to the gym, hanging out with a girlfriend or boyfriend or going to a party or playing video games.
The great thing is however, you’re not really giving it up, you’re actually earning the right to do it.
This means that you get your study done and you also get to have fun. This is how you balance your HSC and life together if you want to survive Year 12!
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